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  1. How long should a shoulder strap be for a woman's handbag? I figured on making it two piece with a buckle. I figured on making the buckle strap shorter so as it won't sit on the shoulder. Am I on the right track? Thanks
  2. This is my latest work, a handbag for my girl's mom. The poor thing was carrying a cheap leather substitute bag and seeing what I do, she asked if I can make one for her. The bag is hand stitched, made using black pressed leather, veg tan for the upper and lower parts and a chrome crust leather for the cognac parts. I made it to close with a zipper and have 2 interior pockets of different sizes. There is also a pattern available in my shop if anyone is interested.
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  4. 12 sets of handle hardware for briefcases/handbags. 4 pcs. per handle, 12 sets, 48 parts total. Made in Italy, new never used. Steel handle parts are designed to be wrapped with thin leather or fabric, these two halves are then force-fit together with the gold-finished handle attachments sandwiched between. Only the gold-finished end parts of the hardware will show when assembled. Attachment rings to connect the handles to the bag/case are not included. $75 plus $10 S&H via USPS priority mail, domestic shipping only
  5. They discontinued the Tandy Leather Market Place Handbag Kit. I am looking for the pattern that came with this kit. It is not included in the patterns you can download for this pursed from the Tandy site. I f anyone has this, I'll be glad to pay.
  6. Long time I have done anything, years.... Now I've done a handbag from a pattern. Dyed with Fiebing's pro tan dye, then oiled with neatsfoot (unfortunately compound, the pure was in the shed and I forgot), then finished with resolene. 6oz veg tan leather. Lined with black pig skin. Turned out a little stiffer than I anticipated. Some say I should oil first (with pure neatsfoot obviously), then dye, not use resolene. My next project I'm thinking of only using neatsfoot and finish with carnauba creme or mink oil. Any advice is appreciated. Still happy with it though, it's in use
  7. Well it finally happened. My first real project.A Lady's shoulder bag/sling bag. I just have to make a strap for it.
  8. Well it finally happened. My first real project.A Lady's shoulder bag/sling bag. I just have to make a strap for it.
  9. So, staring a prototype for a small clutch (eventually going to do in croc). Pic below shows outer and lining. I’ve glued the lining completely to the two side gussets, but I’m curious if the lining gets fully glued to the main body, or just close to the edges where it’ll be stitched? Also, how do you account for the turn when the main body is folded; do you simply make the lining shorter than the outer, if you’re not completely gluing the two together? Thanks!
  10. I've made a couple of handbags from this original design of mine - all with calf hair on hide. They are popular with women who want high fashion and originality. I would love to get this bag (and few others) into a retail shop. I've contacted a half-dozen retail shops, some are kind and actually talk to me and give feedback. Others I can not get to respond. My attempts have been in person, via email, line sheets deliveries, etc. The handbag is 20 inches at bottom, 11 inches at top. Zippered pocket and open pocket inside. Appreciate any advice --- and / or comments on the bag. Thanks, Teresa
  11. Hi all , my latest bag project , comes with a shoulder strap and lined with natural colour pig hide.
  12. I started new bag. This is what I did today.
  13. Client wanted a small red purse that had this exact clasp on the front, a short strap/handle, and that was about it. I had a hell of a time with the red dye, but I think it turned out all right. 5-7 oz veg tan, Ritza Tiger thread in .8mm red, Eco Flo dye in Scarlet Red (about 3 coats), and about 3 coats of Fiebings Leather Balm with Atom Wax, 2 coats of Resolene, and a spray-down of Saddle Lac. And she's a horse lover and trainer, so I added a little horsey heart charm for some personalization.
  14. Does anyone have the Dawn Handbag pattern? It is in the Ideas for Leather Projects Vol. 2. Thanks!
  15. Hello guys. I've just started my leather handbag brand in the United States and looking for a manufacturer or a company who can make bags for me. I'm in California but it doesn't matter if you are in the States. I have my own design and I can carry leathers, hardwares, and key locks as well. Thus, all what I need is making patterns, samples, and the whole production process. I'm thinking of retail price around $1,000~1,500 per bag and I need really high quality. Please contact me if you know some one or yourself who can make a great quality leather handbags. My email address is <derekhong11@gmail.com> Thanks.
  16. Hey there! I just finished my 2nd bag (1st one was a very simple turned messenger bag) which took me over a month to finish (in hobby time of course). Unfortunately I failed to anticipate how heavy the bag would be before deciding to go with all leather interior. It weighs around 4 pounds but that is mainly because the thinnest leather for the interior i could find was 1.1-1.2mm. The exterior is italian veg. tan leather and completely hand sewn but the interior is from chrome tanned leateher and is partially machine sown. It was also my first experience with machine sewing and adding zippers in general. Please feel free to write your opinion on the bag and point out possible improvements.
  17. I've been making this bag on and off since September due to work have only just managed to finish it.I'm pretty pleased with the lacing and the general theme of the bag considering I've had to put it down and pick it back up at a later date. It is based off a Tandy pattern I copied off one of their Magnolia bag kits (I think). Its also the first time I have used acrylic paints and they seem to have worked well. Have to wait to see how they handle wear and tear. Let me know what you think?
  18. Hello everybody! First of all, allow me to introduce myself, I'm Faridz (spelled Far-Distance Ridge-Fridge, if any of you were confused ) I'm a Human from Indonesia, and I've been into this forum for about 3 years now, but just being a silent reader since my english is quite rough sometimes and had not enough confident to post my works, And after all gathering, sucking, and brainfeeding info from this greatest leatherworker forum in the entire galaxy of the milky way (imho), now i'm ready to post some of my works through the years, I hope we can share some thing or two from my works or whether you have any criticize on it! Been loving to work with leather throughout the years now, and would love to make it my primary profession in the future, And nice to know you guys! Hope my works can bring happiness to y'all. You guys could follow me on Instagram @faridzmuhammad, and maybe we can converse there too, Thanks! Enjoy! Here's my mini workshop on my home... Here's a watch strap for a Cerutti 1881 Watch in Nile Crocodile i made about 3 month ago: And here's a little handbag that i made for my mother's birthday: Will continue the post on the next page! Hopefully it didn't count as spam,
  19. Make a handbag in 6 minutes I had someone ask me to post this video on facebook and can't remember if I already posted here. This is an easy bag for a beginner to make. and you might even sell it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbHyV7jO5k
  20. New bag for the 4th.. Happy Independence day everyone.
  21. Hi all, I have two questions. First... someone asked me to make them a suede clutch bag. They are looking for a specific colour (light lime green). I can't find suede that is the right colour. I've attached some photos of the colour they've requested. I thought about suggesting we go with a raw veg tan leather and I try dying that lime but the only dye I can find the right colour is Tarrago. Is this a good choice... or even a good idea to try?? Second... If I go for suede the bag will be floppy and a clutch needs to be stiff. Does anyone know how to get around this? Thanks in advance for your help. Kymberly :-)
  22. I've finally brought the new red Geom bag to life. For the handle, I ended up using Angelus red dye and finishing it with Natural Carnauba wax creme (Fiebing's). I was really happy with the finish. For some reason I can't seem to upload the other photos so if you're interested here's a link to more... https://kymberlysteel.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/geom-red/ …
  23. Just finished making a new bag. It was difficult because the leather was very thick. Next time I will stick to thinner leather!! :-)) I've also added photos of some stages as I was working on the bag. I don't really have all the tools I need so I had to improvise!
  24. "Mother's Day-out" by Imadlak (logo embroidery done by my lovely wife Janint) =============== Hello to everyone, It's a pleasure to finally have something to show you guys after repeatedly returning here for guidance for my first leather projects! I'm Gergo, 28, from Hungary. I guess insterest in leatherwork came to me as to most of us guys here: to create something we can be proud of, with such a noble material, and to please and perhaps impress the women in our lives (please tell me if I'm wrong ). The first bag that I made - to my Wife - a beautiful Patent-Croc embossed evening tote, which I will upload shortly after this one, was the result of about a year's worth of "not knowing where to start" and watching 2-3 minute Youtube videos of Designer brands' crafting processes (at least the process they advertise to the public) eagerly trying to catch the techniques and methods from there, along with this forum, where a lot of my unanswered questions found a resolution. Then came second, the bag that I've been promising for years to my Mom, in order to replace the one bag (below) she's since completely worn out: (as you can see, it's torn and faded in places... and it has lost most of its elegance and beauty...) Inspiration: my Mom's original bag (as seen above), Gucci Vintage Backpack, Gucci Backpack with Woven Strap Materials: Body: Soft Torino Lambskin - brown (chrome-tanned @ unitedleather.com) Base & Trims: Crazy Horse Cow Skin - brown (veg-tanned @ unitedleather.com) Lining: French-style striped canvas burgundy-beige Zippers: Antique-brass double RiRi zipper (ouside) and Brass RiRi zipper with silk-tape (inside) Hardware: all Antique-brass hardware made from solid brass (@ buckleguy.com) Features: H-35cm x W-28cm x L-17cm Outside Double-zip pocket Drawstring closure with snap Inside Zipper pocket Snaps on inside to attach division compartment for custom organizing Design-process: Firstly I downloaded some pics online from various sources of the bags that inspired mine, and used my measurement needs with the help of Google SketchUp to scale the bag down and take measurements I used those measurements to make the cut patterns for the bag and the various pieces it is made of (about 30pcs + fabric lining + hardware) Using a handy tool for Sketchup, I printed out to-scale patterns for the pieces that were too complex to draw with a pencil and ruler Some thoughts and lessons: If I had one regret while making the bag is to have started way too late (I gave myself 2 weeks for its finition) and did not have enough time to finish the inside separation compratment and to attach our logo. It was a real gamble that all the pieces fit nicely and the end result looks and holds great as I did not have the time to make a mock-up before the real thing. Realizing and discovering how to put everything together along the way did make it extremely exciting for me, as even with initial planning of assembly steps, at times I found that I had forgotten about something. This project taught me a lot about basic skiving, stitching and braiding techniques, and very importantly about knife sharpening, which was a game changer once I got the hang of it. Some mistakes during construction I was able to fix while others are there to stay. I find I should have made the bag a bit taller and stiffer to give it more body. The stitching was inconsistent on the thicker parts as my machine is not really adapted for that kind of work. Also the studs look awful - I guess they are meant for thicker projects, and cutting the stems shorter didn't help too much. But my biggest reward was the look on my Mom's face when I gave her the bag Thank you for viewing and please leave your comments and feedback below! Gergo
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