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  1. I'm watching the work of a few of my online peers and noticing that they are going to great lengths to stitch up straps and casework, but not really lining the leather and not for obvious structural or assembly reasons. I've certainly stitched my share of works but only if I was lining a piece or making a connection and on the rarest of occasions for an aesthetic effect. Does anybody else on these forums do this? Is there some function other than "looks"? Particularly the straps---does stitching prevent stretching and loss of shape over time? Thanks for your thoughts. Mike
  2. JoergFBernhard

    Guess what it is

    Recently got this one, dirt cheap compared with the value... guess what that is?
  3. I've been commissioned to make a shoulder holster for a throwing axe. I have the carrying case figured out, but I need help with the actual strap parts (mainly measurements and pattern). Every time I google "shoulder holster" (or variations of such), I get plenty of ideas for gun holsters, but not the attaching rig. Does anyone have a basic set-up?
  4. BettyJ

    Backpack Strap Padding

    Hi all Another question about this cursed backpack of mine. I'm currently sampling the straps and because of the stiffness of the saffiano, it's totally crushing the nice dunlop foam I've used to try to pad them a bit. So then I tried to add some footware foam that I bought but that is even worse. It's so hard that I may as well not have padded it. Plus the nice foam is pretty much non-existent again. Not to mention, when I use the thick foam, I get a load of really awful crinkling happening on the back of the strap. Because of the coating on this leather, I'm worried that it will crack and peel off fairly quickly, which won't please my client. Does anyone have any recommendations of what else I could try to use? I'm thinking some thick felt might not compress too much but I haven't the foggiest where to get some in Singapore. Might have to do a run around Chinatown or make some calls at lunch tomorrow to see if anyone will sell me a bit. Thanks again! Betty
  5. epiphanist1248

    The best way to cut straps

    I'm about to buy a whole side of 9-10oz veg tanned for a specific project, and I'm going to have to cut at least three long straps from it, 2" or 3" wide each. I'm sure not going to do it with scissors! So what's the best tool for the job? Can I get away with just a sturdy straight edge and my trusty rotary knife? Or should I get a strap cutter? Or, heck, should I just go for broke and get a draw gauge? I've heard there's such a thing as a plow (plough?) gauge that might work, too, but that they don't make them anymore? Let's limit this discussion to tools readily available on the market.
  6. RandLeather

    For Sale: Heritage Draw Gauge

    Hey all, I have a heritage draw gauge for sale. It's in great shape, the blade just needs sharpening. Letting it go because I don't use it much and figured someone else might like it! $30 includes US shipping. Ships from CT.
  7. Hi Everyone! I am looking for tips on how to most efficiently construct a long (~45"), skinny (5/8") two layer strap out of upholstery leather. So far I have been folding over a large piece of leather and gluing the flesh sides together, then cutting a straight edge, then cutting to width, then sewing around the whole thing. The thing is, it has been hard to get a nice clean cut edge, and very hard to cut a consistent width down the length of the strap. Anyone have a different method I could try? Also, I've been using water based leather adhesive - should I be using contact cement instead? Thank you! Juliette
  8. JLSleather

    Clearing

    Brown drum dyed Wickett/Craig leather in 7/8 oz. Firm leather, dyed but no finish, so you can use as is or dye darker. Tight grain front and back. 5 straps 1 1/2" wide straps are about 48-49" long. I'll get a pic here shortly... 4 same color, one just a bit different shade. All 5 for $65, and I'm paying shipping in U.S. Looking for more than this? Send me a message ... I'm still digging out / cleaning.. and there's probably more in there somewhere
  9. Juliette

    Filson Strap Edges

    Hi Everyone! I have been working on my strap edges for a while now, and I'm still frustrated with the result! I still get some fraying here and there that feels rough on my shoulder. I am looking for a Filson-like supple finish, as seen in the photo below. Anyone have any tips or do you know how they achieve this result? Are these straps burnished and painted or do they use paint and an electric creaser? Thanks very much in advance for your input!
  10. Hi! I am young leatherworker from Finland. I made this video couple months ago. Check it out and comment what do you think about it. Straps are made of 2mm veg tanned leather. https://youtu.be/S4LQWJQhkbI
  11. givezees

    Latigo Leather Straps

    I have brand new latigo leather straps for sale. There is a limited quantity available which I'm trying to get sold as soon as possible so I've priced them a $9 each plus shipping. From what I've researched that is 40% off what you would pay for them on Amazon or Ebay. The measurements are 72 inches long by 1/2 wide. Color is brown. All are new. I have 76 is stock. If you purchase multiple straps they will be combined into one flat shipping and handling payment. I'm not a leather expert, just a commodities man moving some product but I'll do everything I can to answer any questions you may have. These were acquired from a retired leather/furniture maker. Payments are made through secure PayPal and can be purchased through my site or third party vendors. If they are purchased through my site and you order 10 or more I will ship USPS free of charge anywhere in the U.S.A. check them out at: www.givezees.com (my site) or http://www.amazon.com/gp/aag/main/ref=olp_merch_name_2?ie=UTF8&asin=B0056ZSHTA&isAmazonFulfilled=0&seller=A28AP9BV8VA02U email me with any questions and I'll do my best to tell you what I know. latigo@givezeesdotcom Thanks!
  12. Hello, I've looked at Aliexpress, Alibaba, Google searches, but cannot find 16mm x 10mm slip keepers (or keeper loops)- in metal, not plastic, for small dog collar. Would anyone have an idea where a supplier might be hiding? Thanks so much! =o)
  13. I have been collecting watches for some time now. From collecting watches came collecting watch straps. I realized how easy it was to construct a NATO or a Zulu type watch strap and then I decided to try it on my own. After a few attempts of these easier types of straps I decided to kick it up a notch and try some stitching. I really enjoy the results and people on Instagram seem to be enjoying it as well. I plan on opening and Etsy store soon and selling my new found hobby. Let me know what you guys think. I've only been leatherworking for about two months now, but it has taken me over! Thanks!!!
  14. Hi everyone. I am a design and I am working with a leather worker in Lancaster on some watch bands. He is using some kind of sealant on the edges of the strap that he applies with a spongy brush. This room for error means sometimes he gets the finish on the top surface of the straps. I've been to a space that makes watch straps and they used this little plastic tray. I am trying to identify what it is called exactly? It has a wheel with teeth that picks up a liquid gum or dye. The straps edges are rolled along this wheel and the liquid (pink in the photo) is applied to the edges. In the photo the little tray is shown in it's two pieces, they stack on top of each other. Have been searching for a few days and would like to buy one for my leather guy to use on future strap runs. I included a photo below, if it's too small I uploaded it also here: http://imgur.com/u9saCTF
  15. Alexis Sofield

    Best Strap Cutter For 12-14 Oz

    Hey guys, this is my first post. I need your expertise. I went with a thicker leather ( 12 oz ) to make some straps and the wooded Tandy strap cutter couldnt keep up. I snapped off like 3 blades just to make 1 strap. I dont mind spending money on on nice one. Which model/brand do you guys recommend that'll mow through 12-14 oz consistently. Ive looked at the Master on Weaver leather as well as the CS OSbourn model 51.5. Thanks in advance
  16. Hi All, Please help! I'm going bonkers here. I just got some black Wickett and Craig english bridle leather and it's not struck through. I would like to dye the edges black but am seeking some advise from those who have done this before on bridle. Did you use oil or spirit based dye? Then sealed with beeswax then resolene? or just sealed with beeswax? I have tried spirit dye, then beeswax, but am still getting dye rub off. This would be for a handbag with shoulder strap, so wet (rain, sweat) on straps + clothes is not a combo I want to worry about. Also, on the grain side of this bridle leather, it's coming off with a cloth...does this mean it was a bad dye job? I seem to remember on their site it specifically says that this leather does not need a finish. Thanks.
  17. Good morning. I have bought a building which had up until 3 years ago been operated as a leather shop. It has riveting machines, punch out machines, cutting machines, skiving machines, pretty much everything needed to manufacture horse halters, leashes. leads, etc. It not only has all the machinery, it has 1,000's of pieces of hardware (rivets, caps, o-rings, d-rings, square rings, buckles in numerous sizes (brass and nickel plated), most of the buckles, if not all, are made by a company called North & Judd. There is also 1,000's of pieces of hardward like snaps, latches, swivels, snap bolts, etc. And not to mention the 1,000's of pieces of inventory like chains for leashes, horse halters, dog collars, strips of leather which were never finished...well you get tthe idea. If anyone is interested in some of this, please let me know. We have just begun loading some of this stuff on eBay, but if someone in the business can use it that would be great. I am going to begin a Drop Box page with some of the pictures and will post an update shortly with that link. Thank you.
  18. I was playing around a bit today with some cuffs. One of the things I was trying to work out is appropriate distances for putting buckles and straps on. I was wondering, are there any rules of thumb such as set back half an inch or leave an overlap of XXX? regards
  19. paprhangr

    Stitch Ditch?

    Is a "Stitch Ditch" needed to protect the thread from wear, when sewing borders on belts, guitar & bag straps?
  20. A couple of camera straps I put together on Columbus Day.
  21. JakeDiebolt

    Closure Straps On A Briefcase

    I'm thinking of making a briefcase or two as Christmas gifts for my family this year. Initially I was just going to do a standard billet and buckle arrangement, but when I looked at examples online I found that most of them had straps that seemed to weave in and out of the lid of the case, as well as the back...hard to explain what I mean... What I can't see about this method is how the strap is attached...is it just woven through all the slots in the leather and left 'loose', or is it stitched on someplace? I haven't had any success finding anything about it. See the attached image for what I mean. (the briefcase below is from Longview Leather, a supplier out in Calgary. Just figured I'd cite my sources) Can anyone enlighten me?
  22. I want to know the order of operation in leather strap work. I am trying to start a business selling custom dog collars. I want them to be quality and I seem to run into some kind of problem with every step I take. Here is the method I have adapted to so far: (I will note some of the other problems to see if I can get some extra advice.) 1. Cut and skive the leather with super skiver- (can't really find the trick to making this an easy task) 2. Sand the edges and the raw side of leather (for comfort) with a sanding wheel on a drill press 3. Bevel the edges 4.. Punch holes, wet and stamp 5.. Dye with the color of choice - Fiebings oil based Cordovan dye, Fiebings acrylic antique medium brown stain or a zelikovits water based pigment pink dye (pink seems to have streaks where the color doesn't take no matter how many coats I add and rubs off easily) 6. Let dry for an hour or so then color the letters with sharpie for the stained collars, metallic markers or paint markers for the dyed collars(paint markers are difficult to make even and not globby and metalic markers seem to wear off a little) 7. Spray with leather sheen 8. Let dry for an hour or so then burnish the edges with glycerin and saddle soap or Quik Slick on a nylon slicker attached to the drill press. (I am not sure how long this is supposed to take but it seems like forever and I still never get glass smooth edges) - ordered a wooden burnisher made for a drill press so hopefully it will help. My other problem is that sometimes the edges seem to crack in certain spots mostly around the buckle within just a few days. I use quality herman oak leather. 9. touch up the edges with the same dye 10. condition with lexol conditioner. 11. add hardware Ok... so where I get mixed reviews is at what time to apply the finishes and the conditioner. I am so confused that I kind of change it up every time I make one so I don't know if the order of operation is contributing to any of my problems or not. OR if the order of operations needs to change depending on what base of dye and marker I am using. I have been told to condition right after you stamp and before you dye and let it sit over night. I have been told you always put any oils conditioners or saddle soap very last because other products wont penetrate. I have also been told it's super important to use the leather sheen finish before you finish the edges and within two hours of dying But if a water resistant finish is applied won't it seal the leather from absorbing any other products - like conditioners, edge burnishing products and touch up dye?? I feel like if I understood the chemistry behind all of these products I would have a rule of thumb So confused. Any advice would be excellent! Quote MultiQuote Edit
  23. luistorres344

    Guitar & Accordion Straps

    Heres another strap i just finished for my brothers Guitar & a little bass strap i made with my last name stitched on, for my hohner accordion. Hope you Guys like them.
  24. Hello all, strangers and old friends who was once used to see ma around! Computer takes too much time and trying to keep the jobs coming in so I am not very often in here. Endless hours of mail consultations about work and PR makes me wanna be off the puter as much as possible and try to also produce what I preach, lol ;-) I work mostly with tattoos theese days, living leather art ;-) Heres som stuff that came out this year Best regards Tom in Sweden