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Finally Looking To Get Started
« on: June 28, 2020, 09:17:05 am »
Well, I have been collecting some of the tools and things that I will need to finally give leather work a try. Most of my tools are in and I have two shoulders that should be here tomorrow.

I am sure that I will mess a few things up and that the end result will not likely be all that great but hoping that I enjoy the process.

My first project will be attempting to make a couple holsters for my 1851 Conversions since none of my 1851 percussion revolver holsters will hold the Conversions.

Will prob. be just a simple Slim Jim style holster.

One thing I am curious about are border stamps and other tooling stamps to dress them up just a tad more.

Can ya'll recommend an easier border stamp design that a complete beginner can do?
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Re: Finally Looking To Get Started
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2020, 11:03:04 am »
Howdy, Rube. Good to see you getting started with leather working. There's not a lot that can be more rewarding than that.

There are a lot of simple borders you can do. Take a look at Tandy's border stamps. The live link isn't working so here's the direct link: https://tandyleather.com/collections/tools/stamping-carving+stamps_border-stamps

This one was done with a swivel knife cut, beveled on the inside then stamped with a D436 (actually an old version of that but it's almost the same). After that I ran a beader around the outside of the cut line. Ignore the basketweave on the inside and you have a nice looking border. You can vary that with almost any border stamp or textured bevel stamp. I also ran the beader along the edge of the leather where a sltitch line would go on a holster.



If you want a little more texture inside the border, you can make evenly spaced swivel knife cuts (any spacing) in two directions, diagonally or straight across. On this one, I also used a border stamp on the outside of the beader as well.



One more example. On this one, I stamped with a small veiner outside the beader.



OK, one more. this one is actually a copy (sort of, using modern stamps) of a border design from the 1800's. It's two swivel knife cuts, beveled and beaded, border stamps outside that (the very outside one is a small veiner) with a wide veiner stamped across itself in between. Just about any stamp along between the lines will do fine.



The possibilities are endless. Practice a little on scraps until you have the pattern you like. I make coaster sets to try out ideas. Some look good, some I toss before anyone can see them. ;D I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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Re: Finally Looking To Get Started
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2020, 11:25:34 am »
Finally, you can make two parallel cuts with a swivel knife, beader along those and stamp inbetween with any texture stamp.





I like using the floral stamps for accent, but you don't necessarily need to do that. On the second one, I ran a stitch marker out a bit along both sides to give it a little more accent instead of beading.

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Re: Finally Looking To Get Started
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2020, 11:31:16 am »
If you want to make a floral accent, you can just stamp a center and run a veiner around that for pedals. This one is done with a center dot, three veiner stamps and a bevel.


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Re: Finally Looking To Get Started
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2020, 11:34:44 am »
Here's an example of two different border stamps on either side of a knife cut that was beveled and beaded.



Now have fun and experiment to find something simple you like.

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Re: Finally Looking To Get Started
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Re: Finally Looking To Get Started
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2020, 08:08:31 pm »
Thanks for all the great replies. I really enjoy seeing what you're talking about.

What is the "beaded" you keep mentioning though?
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Re: Finally Looking To Get Started
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2020, 08:31:14 am »
They're listed as creasers on the Osborne site. I've always known them as beaders but basically they make a bead along the edge of the leather. Here's a closeup that shows I used one along every edge, bullet loops included, as well as between the lines of border stamping. They give a finished edge to things but they can also be used along a swivel knife cut to make a raised looking bead.



Here's the listing at Osborne for them. You should be able to get them at any leather supply that sells tools. They give you a finished looking edge.

https://osborneleathertools.com/product_details.php?pid=203

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Re: Finally Looking To Get Started
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2020, 10:12:21 am »
Beautiful work! Great information along with great great examples of stamping.

Many thanks for sharing your expertise with us.
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Re: Finally Looking To Get Started
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2020, 11:17:43 am »
Thanks, Johnny. I personally like a simple border on most of my rigs. One of my favorites is a meander stamp. The thing takes some practice to get it even, though.




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Re: Finally Looking To Get Started
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2020, 01:29:32 pm »
Again, thank you for not only the info but also the photos. A photo really helps. I also just recently got in the Packing Iron book so I will be looking through there plenty.
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Re: Finally Looking To Get Started
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2020, 04:02:16 pm »
We're mostly visual. A photo says way more than you can describe with words. Glad to help.

Packing Iron has inspired many of my holsters. I love that book. The second holster I posted is almost directly out of PI, other than being a lefty. The black one above that was also inspired from that one. The border on the round coaster is almost directly from the book, too.

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Re: Finally Looking To Get Started
« Reply #11 on: Today at 11:28:27 am »
Okay, So I am almost done with my first holster. It has been an experience for sure. I am not sure I will be able to get my actual gun in it once its all sewed up. I was looking at a book and it said when making the pattern outline the gun and then ad 3/4" to it. I did that and it may still be too tight.

Once I added the welt I found that I could not poke a needle through both pieces of leather and the stitching chisels would go in but it took putting it in a vise and some real manpower to get it back out. How is one supposed to get through that much leather? I ended up drilling it with a drill bit.
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Re: Finally Looking To Get Started
« Reply #12 on: Today at 01:00:42 pm »
Hi

I use a cheap Harbor Freight Drill Press with a needle stuck in it.  Coat the needle heavily with Beeswax and that seems to work.

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Re: Finally Looking To Get Started
« Reply #13 on: Today at 02:58:47 pm »
Stick your awl in beeswax and it'll slide right through. I do that everry 4 or 5 holes. If the awl is too short, you may need to get or make a longer one.

This one (which I made)

has a considerably longer tip than this one (which I bought)

The photos make them look similar like round tips but they have diamond shaped tips.

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