Feedback and tips please

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by JonBishop, Nov 24, 2019.

  1. Robber58

    Robber58

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    Oct 9, 2008
    It is stitched by hand. Don't have a machine.
     
  2. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Thats called a Carlos Border stamp. I do that quite a bit. In fact I did four sheaths last night, in the batch I'm working on right now. Here's a tutorial I did a while back that goes over it:

    https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/carlos-border-stamping-an-how-to.1589116/#post-18169653

    My personal tool is kinda a mystery, its not marked and I don't remember where it came from. Barry King makes these tools, which is mentioned in the tutorial.
     
  3. JonBishop

    JonBishop Gold Member Gold Member

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    Oct 30, 2014
    Well, I still can’t post pictures. The files are too large to post. Trying to post from an iphone. Anyway. I made a pancake style sheath for a folder for a coworker. Things got asymmetrical on me. Some tooling is not so great. I used Horsewrights finishing tips on this one though. A bit of a different recipe. But I think the finish turned out good. I didn’t have any hi lighter so I used saddle tan stain hi lighter with the bag kote and mixed in some bison brown dye. Not a bad result. I did like Horsewright and played with the mix until I liked the color. All in all this wasn’t a bad effort. I’m still not happy with it though.

    Thanks, Jon
     
  4. JonBishop

    JonBishop Gold Member Gold Member

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    Oct 30, 2014
    CE6159CB-F53B-4306-ACD5-13B1F5D7D614.jpeg I figured it out! Not the best resolution but you can get what’s going on. I think I should have tapered the bottom half to be more streamlined. The rest, I think more practice. Please chime in.

    Thanks, Jon
     
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  5. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Good deal. The finish looks a lot better. I'd agree with the tapering, a lot of wasted space.. Yep more practice. I resize pics to 1500 pixels on the long axis, give that a try.
     
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  6. Ebbtide

    Ebbtide

    Aug 20, 1999
    Each one better than the last. You're moving in the right direction!
     
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  7. duramax

    duramax KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 29, 2012
    Very nice work !!
     
  8. JonBishop

    JonBishop Gold Member Gold Member

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    Oct 30, 2014
    D8CE28AE-33FF-42E9-B8A7-585544941C15.jpeg 6A70F066-14D5-4039-AC70-6197E5C84850.jpeg Thank you Ebbtide. I’m hoping that’s the case. I decided to make another one for this guy because I didn’t like the last one. The new one has problems but I think I can take steps to correct that in later projects. I’m going to go ahead and give this one to him. It’s free, so he shouldn’t complain too much! All comments welcome.

    Thanks, Jon
     
  9. Hengelo_77

    Hengelo_77 Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    Do you melt the end of the thread on the outside?
     
  10. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    I like this one a lot better design wise. More svelte and compact. Something I'm always shooting for. Get yourself a set of letter stamps and some bevelers then you can inlay or bevel letters or brands much crisper. If you inlay follow up with your backgrounders.
     
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  11. duramax

    duramax KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 29, 2012
    I’m still a newbie myself at this stuff. I think your piece is looking nice :thumbsup:
    Only thing I can offer is something I do myself. With regards to stamping or tooling. I use my scrap leather to practice. If while practicing I make a nice pattern I like. I then write down my tools and order in which I did it. This helps me when I’m away from leather, as a memory jolt and refresher when I start up. You may even already be doing this :)
     
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  12. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    This belt for a young boy (2 yr old) has the letters stamped with a 3/4" set of stamps (we have 1/4", 1/2", 3/4", and 1" sets). They were then beveled around:

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    The belt for his older 5 yr old brother shows inlay, followed up with backgrounding tools and then painted with a small brush with black dye. While this is a brand that was done freehand the same can be done with the letter stamps. Instead of beveling them out you bevel to the inside of the stamp in effect inlaying them:

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    If ya don't use the back grounders after inlaying it it looks like this:

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    Had to go way back to find it, but here is a pic of a dog collar with stamps being inlaid and then done with a backgrounder and painted:

    [​IMG]
     
  13. JonBishop

    JonBishop Gold Member Gold Member

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    Oct 30, 2014
    Hey Hengelo_77, yes the threads are melted. In the first pic you can see it at top right and bottom left. It’s the first time I used this thread. It’s heavier than what I normally use. It didn’t melt well. Thank you duramax! That’s sound advice. Horsewright the letters were traced then transferred to the leather. I used a bolder pattern backgrounder I thought looked nice. I can see it now compared to your pics. I guess I just sort of stamped around the lines not really insetting. The only letter stamps I have are 1/4”. I use them for my makers mark. I shall improve on the next project (I hope). I guess I’ll keep adding to this thread when I get something done. Always looking for tips and feedback!

    Thanks, Jon
     
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  14. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Good deal! Keep er up!
     

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