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post #346 of 425
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Been working hard to make my stuff look better! tell me what ya think?

You may benefit from using an oval hole punch rather than a round hole punch to make the holes for the belt pin to go through. On thick leather, the buckle seems to sit better when a more oval punch is used, at least in my experience. smile.gif

My latest project: Alligator bi-fold with matching alligator interior, fully hand-stitched.


post #347 of 425
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Originally Posted by dibadiba View Post


You may benefit from using an oval hole punch rather than a round hole punch to make the holes for the belt pin to go through. On thick leather, the buckle seems to sit better when a more oval punch is used, at least in my experience. smile.gif

My latest project: Alligator bi-fold with matching alligator interior, fully hand-stitched.


Whoa, beautiful work!

 

Why does your wallet look like its vintage?

post #348 of 425
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Originally Posted by SnowKING View Post

Whoa, beautiful work!

Why does your wallet look like its vintage?
thanks!
It's one of my first projects with alligator, so I didn't want to buy a top-grade skin. It's made from a skin that is likely older than I am, and gave me a bit of practice in conditioning and restoring the leather. Definitely vintage, in a way!
post #349 of 425

got the oval punch and I love it! makes the belt sit real smooth! any suggestions on where to buy 12-14 oz veg tanned for making belts?

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got the oval punch and I love it! makes the belt sit real smooth! any suggestions on where to buy 12-14 oz veg tanned for making belts?

Glad I could help!

12-14oz is very thick. Leather in that thickness is usually tanned for purposes that require very firm leather, such as shoe soles. I understand brands like Naked & Famous have used incredibly thick leather for belts, but I think it's done from a position of ignorance and probably just for the novelty of being the thickest belt. A belt should conform to one's waist with time, and leather made for shoe soles is simply not designed to do this. Additionally, unless you have a few tricks up your sleeve, 14oz of leather folded over at the buckle is going to be incredibly bulky.
I personally find 10oz to be a good weight. While you can find very firm 10oz leather, you can also find very soft and supple 10oz. Either will do what you want them to do.

If you insist on such a heavy weight, springfieldleather.com does carry a 12-14oz, I believe.
post #351 of 425

10-12 actually sounds great for me! I just cant find any quality 10-12 near me. best I can find is a  euro single bend 8-9 oz
 

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10-12 actually sounds great for me! I just cant find any quality 10-12 near me. best I can find is a  euro single bend 8-9 oz

 

Springfield leather I linked to above will have that. I no longer use natural. Dyeing is messy, time-consuming, and can dry out the leather. If you're looking for pre-dyed leather, send me a PM and I can help you out further.
post #353 of 425
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Originally Posted by dibadiba View Post


Springfield leather I linked to above will have that. I no longer use natural. Dyeing is messy, time-consuming, and can dry out the leather. If you're looking for pre-dyed leather, send me a PM and I can help you out further.


I dont do any dyeing yet. and prolly will not. will hit you up when im ready!

thanks a bunch

post #354 of 425

Hi guys,

 

I just recently got into leather working and i am having a really hard time finding templates or patterns for wallets and bags. I would really like to better my skills while making cool products. If you guys have any suggestions as to where i can find them or even have some you could share with me i would be very grateful.

 

Thank you

post #355 of 425
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Originally Posted by LIMBERLION View Post

Hi guys,

I just recently got into leather working and i am having a really hard time finding templates or patterns for wallets and bags. I would really like to better my skills while making cool products. If you guys have any suggestions as to where i can find them or even have some you could share with me i would be very grateful.

Thank you

You probably don't want to hear this, but learn it. You will better your skills by finding a way to manipulate the leather into doing what you want rather than compromising and labeling your work 'simplistic' (read: amateur). Read 'the art of making leather cases' by al stohlman, to give you ideas.

Alternatively, find a local patternmaker with some experience doing bags. This is what I do, just to have a digitized file of basic patterns that can be easily modified by the patternmaker, while still allowing me to change things on my end such as straps, seam styles, etc.
post #356 of 425
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Might as well post up some of my work. Everything is completely saddle-stitched by hand.
#8 horween shell cordovan. 3 slots on each side + a bill slot
 

same diba from ot?

 

either way, pm if you have another #8 wallet you want to unload cheers.gif

post #357 of 425
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thanks!
It's one of my first projects with alligator, so I didn't want to buy a top-grade skin. It's made from a skin that is likely older than I am, and gave me a bit of practice in conditioning and restoring the leather. Definitely vintage, in a way!

Please tell me more on how you constructed this wallet!

 

 

What kind of leather did you use to line the alligator with?  

post #358 of 425
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Originally Posted by dibadiba View Post


You probably don't want to hear this, but learn it. You will better your skills by finding a way to manipulate the leather into doing what you want rather than compromising and labeling your work 'simplistic' (read: amateur). Read 'the art of making leather cases' by al stohlman, to give you ideas.

Alternatively, find a local patternmaker with some experience doing bags. This is what I do, just to have a digitized file of basic patterns that can be easily modified by the patternmaker, while still allowing me to change things on my end such as straps, seam styles, etc.

Thats exactly what i want to hear actually. I am just starting out and want to learn the best way possible. I will pick that book up and give it a good read. Thank you.

post #359 of 425
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Originally Posted by LIMBERLION View Post

Thats exactly what i want to hear actually. I am just starting out and want to learn the best way possible. I will pick that book up and give it a good read. Thank you.

There are actually 3 volumes. All have information you'll find useful. More than anything, I would recommend "The art of Handsewing leather", also by Al Stohlman, which focuses on basic techniques you'll use every time you sew. I'm fairly experienced and I still consult these 4 books fairly often. You can find PDF's online if you look hard enough, but a paper version would be useful to have in the workshop for quick reference.

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Please tell me more on how you constructed this wallet!

What kind of leather did you use to line the alligator with?  

I'll do you one better. I'm going to make a picture tutorial of a wallet pretty soon, likely full calfskin construction, and do a giveaway for it here on styleforum once I talk to the mods. I've PM'd you something similar to give you a rough idea.

The wallet is a fairly simple construction, but it's time consuming due both to the high stitch count and the fairly intensive edge finishing. I used a full-grain pigskin lining since it was just a prototype. I typically use the pigskin to line things like pockets on larger items, but it does make a nice lining on wallets. I would prefer to use kangaroo in the future, as it's one of my favourite leathers to work with, but I don't use it for prototypes since it's very expensive.
post #360 of 425

Dibadiba - your stuff looks amazing, I especially like the carryall. I made these for fun, leather coffee and pint sleeves. The coffee sleeve is super useful, much better than the standard cardboard, and the pint sleeve makes you're beer look pretty cool. Being in San Diego, all things beer-enhancing are welcomed with open arms.

 

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