Friday, August 31, 2012

Resource: Black River Laser Company

For less than $6, you can have this handy dandy pocket size leather gauge. It has come in handy for me on some projects determining the ounce size of leather. It all started out with a desire to purchase a desktop leather gauge. I had a handy poster type gauge chart, but I wanted something that I could put up to the leather. I really liked the one that the local Tandy store had which had a clock like face and pressure type gauge. The problem with this unit was the cost factor. I would not be using all of the time, but I wanted one available when the need arose. While surfing eBay, I saw the the gauge listed above offered by a relative new company called Black River Laser Company. It turns out that the company is run by a husband & wife team. Joyce Roberts is a great person to work with. Her customer service is way above par. During our conversations, Joyce was nice enough to supply me with a couple of gauges, which I sent out to some other leathercrafters for R&D. So far, the results have been extremely well. The product is top notch and even a caveman can use it. So, let me go on to show you some other products available from Black River Laser.
If you need a template to space out holes equally and in uniform, check out this BRL template.
If you have trouble getting a uniform belt tip and do not have a punch readily available. BRL sells belt tip templates in various sizes.
For those looking to make a guitar strap or more than one, BRL has a template for that. I would really like to have this template in my shop. It just looks so detailed and cool.
For those of you who make spur straps. Check this template out. How ingenious is BRL? They even made a template piece for your tooling or border area! Yeah, I know, pretty darn cool!
You make tapered belt? No problem. They have a template for that project as well.
If you do not see something that you can use, but you have an idea? Contact Joyce Roberts and you will be surprised what they can do for your shop. Another interesting template that I would like to play with is the 'fly swatter' template. I would like to thank Joyce for supporting this craft with her expertise, time, products and desire to crank out quality items. Oh yea, thanks for the permission to bring you up here on my blog. For more information go to their website, Black River Laser Company.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Gluing the Leather

I took some metal use sandpaper and scratched up the pen barrel where the leather will be attached to.  After I took some master's Contact Cement and applied a coat to both the Leather and scratched barrel.  I allowed the glue to dry and become tacky before joining the pieces together.

If you remember that I suggested that one side be skived thinner for the glue over to prevent it from being bulky.  If you look at the second photo you will see why I mentioned it.
Once the leather is wrapped, I use my finger to rub up and down on the leather to make sure that both the leather and barrel make good contact.  I also use my finger or gum eraser to remove any residue glue from the fold over joint.
From here, all that is left is assemble the pen project.  It will take some elbow grease to do so.  I want to caution you, if you deploy any time of hammer.  Do so with extreme care and light force.  You can easily ruin the interior pen mechanism.  Trust me!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Skiving the Leather

After cutting the piece of exotic leather needed for this pen project, I skive the edges and center of the leather depending on the thickness. For me is important since this type of pen is a twist action pen. If the barrel ends up too thick, the twist action will either not work or will strip the interior connector and the pen's life will be short lived. Trust me!
I put the pen parts together and check the barrel & leather before I glue to make sure the fit is perfect! Once I am satisfied, I move on to glue up the leather onto the barrel tube. Stay tuned!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Custom Exotic Leather Pen

I had made one of these for my other half last year as a check pen. That one was made out of Shark hide. I was pretty neat and felt awesome to the touch. I guess someone thought the same because this year it disappeared. So, I was asked for another check pen. I had some pink Ostrich from a previous project. Since it required only a small piece, I decided to use this hide for this project. The original idea was not mind and credit needs to go to Big Papa Leather.
I cut the desired size of leather and proceeded to skive the edges especially the jointing edge paper thin. I also removed from of the flesh from the center because I felt that it was a bit thick.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Bags are Done!

With the liner and gusset sewn on, I finished the edges to these bags. I added a Line 24 snap to the flap of each bag to keep it secured while in use. I wanted to keep it simple for the user.
The bags were packaged and sent to the benefactor of the fundraiser event. Another interesting project is done.