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  1. I was in my local leather store a few weeks ago, and I asked the girl in the shop if Neatsfoot oil was made out of real Neets. Without blinking an eye, she said "Yes, but only the highest-quality stuff is 100% made from their feets." In the serious part of my visit one of the guys at the shop told me he had heard from a customer that their Neatsfoot oil had gone rancid, and that this can happen with any other kind of natural oil conditioner. Logically this made sense to me, but in practice, some of ya'll are just puttin' that stuff right on there! Are you mad?!? He recommended that I go with Aussie Conditioner because it was a beeswax-based conditioner; no mention if the oils in it were natural or not. (For all I know I could be rubbing beeswax and 10W40 motor oil into my leather goods.) So! Leather experts: does Neatsfoot oil ever go rancid? If so, can it be prevented, e.g. with regular maintenance, or perhaps applying a sealing top coat?
  2. I'm almost finished with a knife sheath that I'm not really happy with, but the knifemaker likes it. It's got an iguana skin insert and I made the window a little too big; it's in the curve of front to back. I padded it before I put the liner in but I don't like how that worked either. Still -- I'll do another and it'll be better, right? My question is -- how do I finish the iguana skin? The top layer of the sheath is 9-10oz vegtan, lined with 2-3oz. I've dyed the leather black and put a light coat of neatsfoot on it this morning. I put a little on the iguana skin too -- it's old and looked a bit dull. Don't know if I shoulda done that or not. I'm going to put some Resolene thinned half with water on the leather -- does that go on the iguana skin too? Thanks.
  3. Hello! I'm a new-ish leatherworker. I'm making leather wristbands as a fundraiser. I've gotten the hang of the process and am happy with my results so far. However, I'm having problems with the wristband leaving a mark on my skin in high humidity, on sweaty skin. Here is my process (I wait 12 hours between each step): 1. Tool onto 6/7 oz. leather 2. Dye with Fiebings alcohol-based dye 3. Neatsfoot oil on both sides (since the alcohol dries out my leather a lot, but I prefer the deeper dying of the alcohol-based dyes) 4. Seal with Fiebings Acrylic Resolene (for a long-lasting protection) 5. Attach snaps Since I'm doing this as a fundraiser, I can't afford to spend any more on other materials. Can anyone offer advice on how to prevent color transfer onto skin, possibly just by adjusting my process? Thanks in advance- this community is a wealth of information!
  4. I have just finished a case and the customer wants the leather as light as possible. It's been wet formed and lightly oiled with neatsfoot and dried in the sun and has darkened just enough. I have a bunch of options but I want to get a natural sheen on the leather and tooling without darkening it or making it look tacky. Options are Resolene, Mop and Glo, Leather Sheen, Super Sheen and Atom Wax. I could also make a run to Tandy if anyone has a killer product they recommend. I have to deliver the case tomorrow and if I can get the right finish, they will love it. I don't have time to experiment. Thanks! Bob
  5. Hello guys! Could you please advise me on the following: I am trying to make a belt using veg tanned leather, and before dyeing it, I used some Neatsfoot oil. I applied only 2 thin coats because I read that too much oil may spoil the fibers of the leather. Still, even after these 2 coats of oil, the belt seems to be stiff and brittle. Could anybody help me to understand how much Neatsfoot oil should be applied so the belt would become supple and soft? Thanks a lot in advance!
  6. Hello everyone! Could anybody help me and share an opinion on how to use neatsfoot oil? I am trying to make a purse (size 180 mm x 207 mm) using veg tanned leather. The problem is: I’m afraid to overuse the oil (so the leather will appear to be greasy) or to underuse it (resulting in dry and cracked leather in future). Any advice will be highly appreciated!)
  7. From the album: Serendipity Designs

    Trying out a new style of carving this year! Original artwork inspired by Al Stohlman's horse&floral carved mane designs.

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