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Just completed, a holster for a steampunk pistol. The pistol belongs to a friend, and is mostly complete, except for small detail work. The challenge was to design a holster that can be mounted in a variety of ways, and shows off the pistol without having to remove it from the holster.
Attachment is achieved by the brass rings, one at the top, one at the bottom. These can be secured with clips, a belt keeper strap, or a strap harness. The main plate is backed with suede, which tends to keep the holster from sliding around.

#steampunk #leather
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I'll be selling them soon, still working on some details. 
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Received a package from +Amazon.com today, When I opened the shipping box, found the product box very badly taped back together. The flap wasn't even closed because the person who re-packed it couldn't fit things back in it correctly. Predictably, when I opened that I found major parts missing.

I've seen many, many instances of this in product reviews, so I know it's not an isolated occurrence. 

Obvious to me:
1) This item was a return from a another customer
2) The returns people at Amazon don't give a shit, couldn't be bothered to check an obviously bad return.
3) Amazon has no policy for checking/inspecting returned items.
4) The order fulfillment people at Amazon don't give a shit. Shipped an item that was obviously bad,
5) Ergo, Amazon doesn't give a shit about their customers.

Not going to be so easy to ignore this time though. I took a sharpy and wrote "MISSING PARTS" all over the box before packing it up for return.

I highly recommend to anyone who has to return something to Amazon because it is broken or missing parts, that you write boldly on the box that it is broken or missing parts.
1) There's a small possibility an Amazon worker might actually not ship it to another customer.
2) More likely, the next customer to get it won't have to bother with opening it, they can just return it.

As for Amazon, here's a note from me. If the box has obviously been opened and resealed, from now on I'm just returning it unless it was a discounted "open box" item. When I pay you for new, I expect new.
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I had a problem with some shelves, and then Prime delivery on another item.  They had the shelves picked up and new ones delivered.  For the other one, shipped out another FedEx as opposed to USPS, and I got that one when they said I would get it.  So I've found them to be responsive during fuck-ups.  But I will say they are getting a little lax w/ their Prime delivery promises and that's getting a little annoying.  They're solution for that tends to be "here's another month of Prime for the inconvenience."  In the one case though, I really wanted the damn item when I was "guaranteed" I was going to get it.
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Steampunk belt. This is a 90" long belt, to be wrapped twice around the body. Tan harness leather, stamped, and eyelets (about 60 of them). The eyelets are great for attaching various things wherever they are needed.
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I Steampunked a pair of boots for a friend of mine. 
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That's cool got to say they look dam good sir.
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Need to get an outfit like this for my greyhounds...
 
I mostly get commissioned to make straightforward models of people's pets but every now and again, this sort of thing happens... This is Maud, the #steampunk  greyhound.
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Just completed, a holster for a steampunk pistol. The pistol belongs to a friend, and is mostly complete, except for small detail work. The challenge was to design a holster that can be mounted in a variety of ways, and shows off the pistol without having to remove it from the holster.
Attachment is achieved by the brass rings, one at the top, one at the bottom. These can be secured with clips, a belt keeper strap, or a strap harness. The main plate is backed with suede, which tends to keep the holster from sliding around.

#steampunk #leather
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Finished a pocket watch belt case.

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A pair of boots that I steampunked for a friend.
1) Re-Dyed
2) Added an upper band with rings at the sides
3) Made a "harness" around the ankle and under the sole
4) Made vertical straps running from the upper rings to the lower rings, with footman's loops for...
5) Additional straps around the legs.

She's going to do additional decorative work on them now.

#steampunk  #leather #boots
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A pair of boots that I steampunked for a friend.
1) Re-Dyed
2) Added an upper band with rings at the sides
3) Made a "harness" around the ankle and under the sole
4) Made vertical straps running from the upper rings to the lower rings, with footman's loops for...
5) Additional straps around the legs.

She's going to do additional decorative work on them now.

#steampunk  #leather #boots
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Pocket watch case form.

Having basic woodworking skills is a definite plus for me. I've made a few leather forms like this one.
Using the form is simple, case the leather until it is moldable, hand form over the lower form, then press the upper form over it and clamp tightly. When the exposed leather is mostly dry, loosen the clamps, but do not remove the upper form. (Lets some air get to the edges.) Remove upper form when exposed areas are dry. If the edges are still wet, loosely replace the upper.
When dry, trim edges to shape, and assemble.

It takes a while for the entire process, several hours. But during that time, the mold can be put aside while working on other things.

Major tools I used for this case:
Drill press with hole/disk cutter (cut a disk the sizes of the watch to use as a router template) and then to cut a slightly larger hole in the upper form. (larger enough to allow for the leather thickness)
Thickness planer to reduce the inner form blank to the desired thickness.
Table saw to cut the inner form blank to the proper width.
Router table, first to cut the radius on the blank, using the disk as a template (double sided tape. pattern bit). Then to cut a roundover on one side of the inner form. 
Band Saw to cut from the end of the upper form to the hole.

If you have a steady hand, you could use a scroll saw or band saw for most of the form cutting, instead of the drill press and router. It's how I used to do all of my forms, and is how I still do non-geometric shapes (shoe soles, etc)
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I guess you could make molds for leatherman cases as well.

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Another shave, another Stirling Soap sample. Only one more left after this one.
Soap scent: Glastonbury

OK, first, the obligatory performance review. It's a Stirling product.

Wait, you want more than that? Grumble, nobody pays attention...

Fine, I don't have a tin for the samples, and I don't want to tie up a shaving mug until each is gone. So what I do is to is break off a piece of appropriate size, then smoosh it into the bottom of my shaving mug, coating the bottom evenly. I then sprinkle some hot water over it and let it bloom while I shower. Afterwards, I just whip it up into a lather in my mug.
Nice, thick, pillowy foam in large quantities, and very slick. Shaved like a dream.
Happy now? Oh, and did you know Google doesn't think "smoosh" is a word? Eejits. Wait, that isn't in the spellchecker either? Grumble.

Now as for the scent. This is one I'm not that fond of for myself. It's a soft, old-fashioned perfume kind of scent, reminds me of a grandmother's perfume. It's quite nice, but not for me. And for reference, I do like using the Lavender Sage soap now and again, especially paired with the Fisticuffs lavender mustache wax.

This scent may appeal more to the leg-shaving crowd. Working on getting my wife to try wet-shaving. 
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I am the stereotypical jack of all trades:
- Software engineer/codemonkey, I write DNS software
- Actor/historical re-creationist, I perform at renaissance faires promoting greyhound adoption
- Leatherworker, I make sighthound collars and other miscellaneous things.
- Woodworker, I make all of the furniture, boxes, etc for Greyhounds of Fairhaven
- Businessman, I am part owner of Carpe Canem, a store selling Greyhound-related goods. And, I am an officer of Greyhounds of Fairhaven, a 501c(3) charity promoting adoption of retired racing Greyhounds.
- Fewterer, a keeper of Greyhounds
- Cook, I'm the camp cook for Greyhounds of Fairhaven
- Brewer, ale, mead and their wonderful love-child, braggot
- Tailor, I make all of my own costumes
- Musician, I play Irish flute and pennywhistles.

In the past, I have also been a military medic, police officer, IT manager and even fruit-picker.
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