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    Leather craft

    Hi all
    Looking for some advice on leather work. I've an urge to give this a real go and concentrate on wallets, belts, book marks, dog collars and possibly bags/satchels overtime all with embossing on them. Can anyone give ideas on tools required etc and where best to get them

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    I use the Identity store and occasionally Tandy. Regarding tools, if you check out you tube for leatherwork tools you will get a good idea of what you need for the projects you want to do. Ebay is also a good source for belt blanks, buckles etc. There are some really good leatherworkers on here who can offer sound advice. Look up celtic leathercraft for ideas, Brian is a really knowlegable guy.
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    As with all tools, watch out for cheap ones. My wife/kids bought me a set of crimp tools with poppers. Only once the pack is open do you find that the poppers are limited to material under 1mm thick (0.8mm if I recall). Not only that, but when I applied them I found I bent the handles of the crimp pliers! I'm no gorilla; I sit at a desk and work a keyboard every day. It's as if they're made of cheese.

    A list of tools that are good and "satisfactory" would be interesting to see here. I've heard people speak well of rotary cutters and self-healing mats. Something like this (I've chosen products at random!):

    Function Entry level Professional
    Cutter Olfa RTY-2/G Original Rotary Cutter 45mm Olfa Deluxe Rotary Cutter 45mm RTY2/DX
    Self-healing cutting mat A5 SELF HEAL CUTTING MAT A2 Self-Healing Cutting Mat
    Hole punch
    Fitting Poppers
    Punching stitching holes
    Needles
    Sewing Thread
    ...
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    Milling over this, I had a thought (WARNING - danger zone).

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    Just gonna open up this thread, instead of starting a new one...
    I've decided to ask for some Leather working tools for Christmas from my better half.
    This is the list I have so far, any reccomendations on good (but reasonable / entry level) brands and suppliers very much appreciated. Also, if I can readily improvise with any of these that would save some dosh!
    Needles
    Thread
    Groover
    Overstitch wheel (using a fork any good?)
    Hole punch
    Rivet punch thing.

    I have suitable knives, a cutting mat and a Dremel. Can the latter be reliably used instead of a punch?

    Any other thoughts welcome!

    Cheers all.

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    I would look at the Tandy website. I have some of their gear and no complaints so far.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jus_young View Post
    I would look at the Tandy website. I have some of their gear and no complaints so far.


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    Thanks Justin, Tandy is the name that's come up most in forum searches.

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    I see some very cheap tools from banggood.com as well. I've not bought any yet so I can't testify on quality, but you could read their reviews to see what people say. I've ordered a lot of electronics from them and had no issues.

    Order now if you want it before Christmas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie View Post
    I see some very cheap tools from banggood.com as well. I've not bought any yet so I can't testify on quality, but you could read their reviews to see what people say. I've ordered a lot of electronics from them and had no issues.

    Order now if you want it before Christmas.
    Wow, crazy cheap!
    There's no way the quality would be there, but I guess if they last enough for me to make two or three useful items I'd be happy. Then if I wanted to pursue the hobby I could replace components as they died.

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