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Yep.  Ditto on letters being hard.  the bigger they are, it seems to be easier.  Keep it up.  You are doing good.  Remember, we are our own worst critic...we see everything.  There are times I have pointed out errors I made to others...glaring to me only to be told, "I would have never noticed that if you hadn't told me.  Need to keep my mouth shut sometimes. LOL

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Don't sweat showing or explaining the errors...my feelings won't be hurt. The feelings I once had died decades ago...I keep them in a feelings coffin on the mantle over the fireplace. 

 

But truthfully I have had four distinctly different careers that had no relationship to each other...learning new stuff and getting it done takes time and practice to be anywhere near competent...and someone else is always going to be better at it than me...just a fact of life. I don't get my feelings hurt whatsoever when it's constructive criticism. 

And I noticed that if I was actually artistic instead of just following a stenciled pattern I made...it might be really addictive to do. 

That being said...my wife thinks it's awesome...and hopefully her sister will think the same. (It's her college graduation/Christmas present) 

I just got finished skiving the pockets and if all is dry tomorrow I will give all the pieces a dip in a oil/dye blend. (After I run the vacuum to get all the leather fluff from skiving....ugghhhh....I hate skiving) 

Oh yeah.... gotta give the edge corners a serious trim too. 

Then comes the lining of all the parts...

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Now my question is why did the piece of leather I cased and tooled come out a shade darker than the others?  These were all cut from the same shoulder piece...in fact touching on the shoulder...phpNqnHWFPM.thumb.jpg.e09ca10fbcd33a2c67f39136007e660f.jpg

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Probably there's some mysterious chemical reason.  I would wet the other pieces as well (I'm assuming you haven't) and let them dry under the same conditions as the first piece. On the photo it looks as if one of the "other" pieces were the same colour as the tooled piece - is that a trick of the light?

Btw, are you 100% sure that the tooled piece is perfectly dry yet?

 

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5 hours ago, Klara said:

Probably there's some mysterious chemical reason.  I would wet the other pieces as well (I'm assuming you haven't) and let them dry under the same conditions as the first piece. On the photo it looks as if one of the "other" pieces were the same colour as the tooled piece - is that a trick of the light?

Btw, are you 100% sure that the tooled piece is perfectly dry yet?

 

They're all the same...they are close in color...not really enough to make much of a difference...but it's enough that it made me pause for a second. The tooled piece dried on a wire rack for two days after tooling day and I skived it before I dyed it. It was most definitely dry. This morning after the dyeing last night they look closer...but the tooled piece still looks a half to a quarter shade darker.  If the neatsfoot oil finishes drying today at some point I can begin to put the Trac gum on the inside pockets backside and pocket edges.  The cover will get lined with cloth and stitched in with the pockets. (I hate that raw unfinished side in finished goods) 

The next one I make is for my wife (I think she is a tad jealous of her sister's journal) ...since I'll see it on a much more regular basis I need to be even more careful and practiced.  I hate seeing my flaws. 

 

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Clarity and fat fingers

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It could be imperfections in the tanning process where some of the chemicals they used remained on the leather.  I have never tried it, but have heard use of deglazer can help remove the surface impurities.  Another thought is to wet all the leather pieces and allow them to dry.  I recently made a pocket humidor and its been drying for 3 days in front of a fan and is still not completely dry.

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10 minutes ago, PastorBob said:

It could be imperfections in the tanning process where some of the chemicals they used remained on the leather.  I have never tried it, but have heard use of deglazer can help remove the surface impurities.  Another thought is to wet all the leather pieces and allow them to dry.  I recently made a pocket humidor and its been drying for 3 days in front of a fan and is still not completely dry.

Wet forming leather...I'm always impatient when waiting for it to dry and checking in on it to see if it has.  What kind of jig/mold are you using?  

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24 minutes ago, johnnydb said:

Wet forming leather...I'm always impatient when waiting for it to dry and checking in on it to see if it has.  What kind of jig/mold are you using?  

I have a hard plastic tube made for storing cigars I use to form the shape when the leather is wet.  As soon as the shape is formed, i remove the tube and set the wet leather pieces in front of the fan. This piece really needs to dry.  It is dyed, then laser engraved.  If not completely dry, it is too dark to really see the engraving on it.

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57 minutes ago, PastorBob said:

I have a hard plastic tube made for storing cigars I use to form the shape when the leather is wet.  As soon as the shape is formed, i remove the tube and set the wet leather pieces in front of the fan. This piece really needs to dry.  It is dyed, then laser engraved.  If not completely dry, it is too dark to really see the engraving on it.

One last question...how are you removing the leather smell from the leather?  Usually cigars stored in a leather pocket sized holder retain the leather smell (because of the chemicals used in tanning the leather) 

I've seen a bunch lined with wood or something else to reduce the scent of the leather....

And the retail for leather cigar cases is sweet too. (I am not interested in selling my crafts...just curious) 

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1 hour ago, johnnydb said:

One last question...how are you removing the leather smell from the leather?  Usually cigars stored in a leather pocket sized holder retain the leather smell (because of the chemicals used in tanning the leather) 

I've seen a bunch lined with wood or something else to reduce the scent of the leather....

And the retail for leather cigar cases is sweet too. (I am not interested in selling my crafts...just curious) 

In my uses, I either leave them in the cellophane wrapper, or they are not in their long enough to be affected by the leather "aroma" - lol.  I mainly use them when heading to an event and don't want to risk crushing them in transit.  When traveling for several days, I will take my herfidor (small, pelican style case), then transfer them to small leather humidor for an outing.

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