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Post  Guest on Thu Sep 18, 2008 7:15 pm

I have some embossing plates that I am going to emboss some leather with. I'm going to turn a couple of the leather briefcases I've made into Paranormal Research Equipment cases. I am getting a brake press in order to emboss them.





When I'm done, I'll post pics. Thanks for looking!

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Post  Kabuki on Thu Sep 18, 2008 8:32 pm

Anxiously awaiting these... Did you make the plates yourself? Would you be willing to rent or lend them out to interested, established folks?

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Post  Prof. George of Chaos on Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:12 pm

Now that is cool. If you did make the plates yourself would you mind poointing me at a method?
And the catch you've got on the (prettily coloured) bag. I don't know if you ever saw my thread looking for those on the forums proper, but I've been following the information I've gleaned from there and have turned up what seems to be a complete inability to find them loose down here (in Tasmania). Would you mind telling me your source? Or, if that fails for reasons of geography and shipping policy, I don't know how far away you are, or if you'd be willing to consider this, but if I were to get you the necessary money for procurement and postage and such would you consider picking me up a few and putting them my way?

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Post  Guest on Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:23 pm

I got the clasps from Tandy Leather about 5 years ago or so. I've got some of them in chrome laying around in my shop. I'll see about getting you some part numbers so you can order them in.

The mag plates I had made at a company that no longer is in business. If you look up embossing plates locally in Tasmania I would wager you'd be able to find them. I made the control art for the plates, so it was pretty straight forward from there.

I spent about 300 bucks on the plates. The clasps I had to buy in quantity, I wish now I'd bought more.

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Post  Guest on Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:24 pm

I would be happy to do embossing for people, but as far as lending or renting them out, that is out of the question. For some reason when I lend things out to people, they never bring them back.

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Post  Guest on Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:31 pm

http://www.hardwareelf.com/elfapp/jsp/latche_page.jsp

The latch is an L-006 Antique Brass latch, and their fairly inexpensive. About $3.00 US.

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Post  Dusza Beben on Fri Sep 19, 2008 2:24 am

The plates and case are most excellent and that table had some seriously awesome woodgrain.
I look foreward to seeing the results!

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Post  Guest on Fri Sep 19, 2008 5:58 pm

I will be making the small BPRD patches this weekend. I've got the leather soaking in water as I write this.

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Post  Kabuki on Fri Sep 19, 2008 9:04 pm

professordevlin wrote:I would be happy to do embossing for people, but as far as lending or renting them out, that is out of the question. For some reason when I lend things out to people, they never bring them back.


Ahh, too bad. You must have terrible neighbors! I feel you pain, though. I never seem to get my stuff back from my brother-in-law.

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Post  Guest on Sat Sep 20, 2008 12:43 am

Well, I'm going to be embossing today. Wish me luck!

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Post  Guest on Sat Sep 20, 2008 1:59 am

Here's the progress thus far.



I separated the B.P.R.D. from the large plate as it might cause it to bend.



I soaked the leather for about 6 hours, and did a test. It's looking like it'll be a 48 hour soak, as this is 9-10 Latigo, I think.



This one, the pressure wasn't even, and the leather wasn't as wet as it should have been on half of it. I've got all the leather in plastic bags completely immersed now.

Here's another test, It needs more moisture.



By Monday I should be ready to press these out. I'll post pics then.

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Post  Dusza Beben on Sat Sep 20, 2008 3:48 pm

Ooooooh these are gonna be pretty!

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Post  Guest on Sat Sep 20, 2008 5:03 pm

I'll be posting finished pics sometime today.

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Post  Guest on Sat Sep 20, 2008 8:13 pm





Well the good soak worked out better than I thought. Next time I think I'll just try misting the surface, as the water that permeated the leather almost worked against the press. At any rate, now all that's left is to trim to circles, and put a stitch groove on all of them.

Thanks for looking!

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Post  Guest on Sun Sep 21, 2008 12:16 am



I am done with this batch of patches save for the edge dressing.

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Post  Prof. George of Chaos on Sun Sep 21, 2008 12:58 am

Very nicely done sir!

And thank you for the part information. I shall seek out a local source.

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Post  Guest on Sun Sep 21, 2008 1:07 am

I'm glad I could be of service. Getting good fittings and parts for this sort of thing can be a pain. Hopefully you'll be able to get them where you are. Best of luck!

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Post  CaptZaphod on Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:18 am

professordevlin wrote:http://www.hardwareelf.com/elfapp/jsp/latche_page.jsp

The latch is an L-006 Antique Brass latch, and their fairly inexpensive. About $3.00 US.
Thank you for sharing this site. Found a clasp that I've been looking for, for months!
Shipping is high though...over $7 dollars for a 79 cents.
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Post  Guest on Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:54 am

I'm glad I can help. I have been doing some Leather Work from time to time, and always have wanted to have hardware that was different, and not commonly found.

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Post  Zwack on Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:27 am

I don't know if they are any cheaper, or what their normal shipping/ordering details are but Ohio Travel bag have something similar...

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Post  Guest on Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:57 am

For Three bucks a piece, it's a pretty decent deal.

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Post  Gazongola on Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:56 am

Well I certainly am liking those. I have a leather suitcase I want to emboss or but a design on but I am not sure how, whether I should burn it on or what.
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Post  Zwack on Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:55 am

Have a look at the tutorial on carving leather with a utility knife and fork handle... Smile

If you have better tools you can get better results but it might be worth looking at.

Another option is Acrylic paints, you can just paint the design on. If you paint it on in a complementary shade of brown you could easily make it look like it was burned in.

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Post  Guest on Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:18 am

I used a 20 ton hydraulic press to emboss the design into the patches. I like the way they turned out. I've done my fair share of leather work, and hand sculpting leather is fine and all, but for what I was going for, embossing was a better answer. Hand tooling is nice and all, but in all honesty that is for people who want to spend the time doing that sort of thing. I myself do not. I work as a sculptor in other media and would rather spend my time doing that, than working in leather.

As far as my results being improved upon, I would tell you that for what I wanted, I got exactly the results that I desired, and the quality is there believe it or not. Hand Tooling something like this would have been a waste of effort.

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Post  Zwack on Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:28 am

Greetings Professor Devlin,

I am in no way denigrating your work... In fact I think that those patches are truly excellent. My response was intended for Gazongola who was considering "embossing or putting a design on a leather suitcase, maybe burning it in".

I think for a single design tooling works well. When producing identical objects a press makes a lot more sense. I get the feeling that I didn't make it entirely clear that I was responding to Gazongola and for that I am sorry.

I really do like your BPRD design and patches. Smile

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