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When we think of leather crafts we cannot avoid to actually cut the leather. What are the basic method in cutting leather? This may even start on your very first project. Now when we try to cut a leather, it is very crucial to realize the proper way of doing so. Here we will discuss the leather cutting tips in which will assist you in leather working projects.

The first and important leather cutting tip is; we should keep in mind when doing the steps for leather craft projects is to ensure that you can maintain safe work environment. Working with leather cutting tools and needles that suitable for leather working can be dangerous. We must make sure that we do our work carefully in order to avoid injury. And if possible, keep a phone near you while working with cutting the leathers in case of an emergency. If you find an assistant that will work with your projects then do so. Not only will this make the project easier, but it will also be great to have someone around in an injury were to happen.

The next tip is; make sure you have a good sturdy surface that is hard where you can work on cutting your leather. I would suggest to place a mat made of rubber or similar surface over the leather working table. Not only will this protect your tools and table, but it will make leather cutting easier to do. It is best to have a work area that is wide and have plenty of room for cutting leathers.

Third tip I’m going to share is; to make sure you know the pattern of the area that is to be cut. Commonly we can use pencil in order to mark the area on the leather that needs to be trimmed or cut. This will help us to keep a tough hand when dealing with leather cutting tools, and will also ensure you do not damage the piece of leather that you are working with. In order to make sure of the size of your leather cutting pattern appropriately – always keep a measuring tape handy.

As soon as we are ready to cut our leather, it is very important to know that it is best to cut the leather slowly but surely. We can cut lightly in the leather material first and then go back and cut the rest of the way into the leather. In this way it will help us avoid making pricey mistakes in our leather material and gives us more confidence to cut the leather without suffering through a mess up.

You should always take the time to check your blade on your leather cutting tool if it is becoming dull. If you do not, you stand a big chance of damaging the leather piece that you are working with.

There are many leather tools you can use in numerous ways to cut leathers. These include, in order to ensure that you are cutting your leather appropriately, simply take your time and do the most adept way you can.

leather-sewing-machineIn recent years, the use of leather in different projects has really gained in popularity. Leather can be used to craft an assortment of long lasting products. Many people have started to work with leather using a sewing machine. If you are not sure how to work with leather in a sewing machine, this can be a very complicated task. Here, you will find some easy and clear-cut steps that will assist you while working with leather in a sewing machine.

The first thing that you should know when you are allowing for working with leather on a sewing machine is that standard sewing machine needles will not work for your project. You will need to go to a craft store and buy special needles that are specifically designed for leather. Tripoint Sewing needles are designed for leather and will adequately cut the material. Leather sewing needles come in many sizes, so, you will have to evaluate the thickness of the leather that you are working with to decide the needle size that is required.

It is essential that you understand that leather is a distinctive type of material and some stitches will not be suitable for sewing. For example, doing a small stitch on leather usually does not work well. Many people have performed small stitches and have found that the material is destroyed after doing so. It is vital that you buy a scrap piece of leather in order to test the stitch that you wish to use. If the stitch works well, then you can use it. The standard size stitch that seems to do well when working with leather on a sewing machine is about three inches.

On most sewing machines, you can fine-tune the overall tension of the thread that you are working with. It is very important to know that if you are working with thin pieces of leather on your sewing machine that the tension should be increased. If you are working with thicker pieces of leather, the thread tension should be decreased. If you find that the thread is constantly breaking off, or experiencing other issues, you should try to change the tension on the thread of the sewing machine to see if it helps. Working with leather on a sewing machine requires experience and trial and error. Read the rest of this entry »

necklace wholesaleBuying jewelry wholesale is really quite straightforward. The Internet gives you access to all of the wholesale jewelry companies you could ever need to make your selections, so you can buy exactly what you need – at very competitive prices. Check newsletter.

There is a distinction between online jewelry stores and online wholesale companies. Online jewelry stores sell jewelry at retail prices, even though the price may be slightly low-priced. Wholesale companies sell jewelry at wholesale prices – which of course are cheaper than retail prices.

There are many sites where you can locate directories of wholesale companies, but this really isn’t necessary. Just use a search engine like Google to find exactly what you are looking for. If you are looking for an engagement ring at a wholesale price, for example, simply type engagement ring wholesale into the search box – a whole slew of wholesalers who carry engagement rings will pop up in the search results.

It is important to be aware that some wholesaler’s will only sell in bulk. Of course, if you just want to buy one engagement ring, you do not want to buy in bulk. But there are many companies that will sell just one item – you just have to look for them.

wholesale jewelryIf buying online isn’t what you are interested in, consider joining a discount club, such as Costco. Here you will find jewelry at low cost retail prices, which is the next best thing to jewelry wholesale prices – but again, the wholesale prices will be lower.

When dealing with an online wholesale company, you need to do several things. First, you want to be sure that you are buying the genuine thing. There are many companies out there that will advertise that their jewelry is authentic. Read the sales copy very carefully, and educate yourself quickly. For instance, beware of words like gold plated or Realistic. This is an indication that the jewelry isn’t really gold, or that stones are fake.

It is important to find out if the company has a refund or exchange policy, as well as a 100% money back guarantee. This is key, and it will protect you if you find that you are not happy with the pieces you have purchased, or if they are of lesser quality than you expected.

You may want to consider using eBay to find jewelry wholesale prices. Again, use caution. Check the seller’s feedback and ratings, and make sure that you are dealing with a reputable person or company. If the jewelry is an important piece, use the escrow service that eBay recommends – even if you have to pay the escrow fees yourself!

clicker-2A clicker press is a machine that cuts shapes out of rolls of soft material, such as rubber, cardboard, or leather, using a sharp metal piece called a die. A metal tool and die shop will take a pattern, and bend, weld and form pre-sharpened steel into a die. A cutting die is usually a steel cutting tool to be used with a clicker press.

Cutting Dies are suitable for cutting paper, leather, rubber, plastic and more including envelope cutting dies, label cutting dies, clicker dies, window dies, punch dies, gasket cutting dies, washer dies, trimming dies, high dies, threaded punch dies, rotary panel cutters, corner blades, strap dies and more. There are six basic types of cutting dies: Beverly Clicker Dies, Single Edge Dies, Double Edge Dies, Gang Dies, Precision Milled Dies, and Serrated Edge Dies. These dies are crafted from steel and will generally last for tens of thousands of cuts.

The Beverly Clicker Die is used primarily in the Shoe and Leather Garment Industries. It is simply a clicker die constructed around a center plate, which acts as a brace like reinforcement, creating a very strong and durable die.

Double edge dies are used in applications with an identical right and left piece. The double edge die may be used to greatly reduce die cost. Such applications would be the shoe and glove trades. A good example would be a moccasin die with a distinct left and right size. By manufacturing a two sided die the cost is less than making two distinct dies for right and left size.
Gang dies are standard clicker dies in multiple configurations for high volume or multiple part situations. A good example of a gang die would be a key fob in which you have orders for 10,000 pieces. Rather than just die cut one at a time it would be productive to cut a 2 up or 3 up gang die to do the cutting job efficiently
Precision Milled Dies are an extremely accurate die milled from high grade tool steel. The solid steel milled die is best used in very close tolerance high production situations. Precision dies are often used where extremely tight corners and fine tolerances are required. This type of die may be costly as it requires a fair amount of time and skilled labor and expensive machinery.

New technology in cutting dies features a serrated edge that allows the die to penetrate multiple layers of materials much easier than conventional edge cutting dies. These special edge dies also help eliminate fusing with many materials. A good use of this type of dye would be cutting of multiple layers of vinyl.
If you are cutting leather, and have a product that has a run of at least 500 pieces, then a cutting press (clicker) and steel cutting dies are a strong consideration. You might consider buying a cutting press for your manufacturing, or there are companies that will subcontract cutting for your needs.