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    Wow! Fantastic. I'm sure the recipient wiil be proud to carry his pens in it. I pray that both come back unscathed.
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    Going back to the Three Emperors case I decided to go with my original plan and use the Antique leather dye.

    20170918_152718[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    After punching the holes I started to apply the Antique dye.

    20170918_175652[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    Time to trial fit the inner section.

    20170918_184227[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    Thanks for looking

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    I had a confidence crisis this morning over the colour of the back panel/front flap.
    After thinking of dyeing the whole case black I decided to apply more antique dye to the back / front flap and get on with it.

    20170920_100002[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    The back section has a kydex panel which provides extra protection this is glued in place and covered in suede.

    20170920_150454[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    The securing strap has had some blue detail stitching applied to it.

    Thanks for looking

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    I made a template to help with the stitching lines.

    20170921_161745[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    Once I had marked out the stitching lines I made the holes and started stitching unfortunately I managed to get a knot in the thread and in trying to undo it snapped the thread.

    20170921_192921[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    I don not like to have joints in my stitching especially on small cases so I cut out the stitching and started over.

    When I had cut and waxed a new length of thread I continued stitching.

    20170921_215917[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    20170921_220003[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    Now the stitching is complete I will trim the edges and prepare them for finishing.

    Thanks for looking

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    My Plan was for the flap to end just above the design on the case.

    20170924_193133[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    Box Ticked...... Getting the strap in the correct position and the right size for the flap.

    20170924_193030[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    TICK

    20170924_193039[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    Trimming is very scary one wrong move and the case is scrap.. Measure twice cut once as my old foreman used to tell me. I have trimmed the flap and that is it for today cutting through one thickness of leather and suede is one thing cutting double thickness of everything needs a steady hand and a freshly sharpened blade. Time for sharpening

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    I have finally trimmed the edges of this case

    20170925_195247[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    I have applied the first layer of edge kote after allowing it to dry I have lightly sanded it ready for the next coats.

    20170926_083948[1] by my0771, on Flickr

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    The finished case with the shoe that inspired it

    20170927_091703[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    Thanks for looking and for those who commented.

    Michael

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    The case is very well done. Nice color on the leather. Another great job.
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    I thought I would let you know that the Sergeants case has arrived safely with its new owner in the USA I am pleased to say that it is appreciated.

    This afternoon I have been learning how to make a twisted or braided cuff style bracelet.

    20171001_185310[1] by my0771, on Flickr

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    I am always on the look out for new ways to make pen cases. You never know where inspiration will come from.

    20171021_102835[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    I have had this little box sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks I needed some thinking time from another project (not pen related) so I wondered if I could make a hexagonal one.

    My first effort involved marking out score lines on a flat piece of kydex.

    20171021_105857[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    To get the shape I ended up cutting half way through rather than scoring.

    20171021_111108[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    After folding I used a soldering iron to try to seal the cuts.

    20171021_114100[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    Unfortunately the cuts would not fully seal hot glue may have been an option but I decided heat forming would give a stronger end result.
    Forming requires a form which I make from dowel so I selected an oversize piece of dowel and marked out the desired shape I then marked lines down the length of the dowel and started planning and sanding the flat edges.

    20171021_150115[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    It is quite easy to make round tube with dowels and kydex a hexagonal is a different story altogether. Mini clamps and strips of wood were used to form the heated kydex to the dowel.

    20171021_172437[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    The next step was to wrap the kydex tube in red suede.

    20171021_185704_004[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    Outer cover next.

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    I freely admit it was a lot more difficult to persuade the outer covers to take the shape I wanted but I guess it is passable.

    20171024_184219[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    20171024_213822[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    20171025_105404[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    Thanks for looking

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    I was recently commissioned to create a special notebook cover with a protective pen case attached

    20171024_184517[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    Fortunately I was able to use an existing mould to form the kydex and the suede and leather components.

    20171026_170046[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    Here are all of the pieces ready to start assembly.

    20171028_165339[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    Time to apply some oxblood dye.

    20171028_190726[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    Time for a dry fit of the components

    20171029_135413[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    At this point I realised that rather than adding the pen case to the front I had put it on the back. I made a replacement inner cover complete with flap.

    When I had everything right I stitched the pen case to the front of the notebook cover on the third attempt I found a position for the strap that I was happy with.

    20171031_105536[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    After marking and punching the stitching holes I stitched the components together using black Lin cable thread in two sizes 332 and 532.

    20171101_160236[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    Here is the finished cover

    20171101_191549[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    Thanks for looking

    Michael

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    Wow your work is really beautiful!

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    Just before Christmas I was asked to make a pen case it is some time since I made one of these cases so I was pleased to agree.

    I formed the kydex core with a dowel and a heat gun.

    20171219_080935[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    Once I had formed the tube I cut a length of emerald green suede and wrapped the tube with it. The stitching at the bottom of the lining remains free from glue and acts as a cushion at the bottom of the tube to protect the pen from the hard kydex shell.

    20180102_095118[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    After wrapping the tube I cut some pieces of leather and soaked them in water.

    20180102_154115[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    After shaping the leather I applied some chocolate brown dye.

    20180102_162159[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    I glued the outer cover to the inner core and applied some pressure to bring the pieces together.

    20180108_120010[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    I trimmed the edges and rounded them with a special tool I then shaped the top section around the lower section and applied some glue before stitching.

    20180108_170442[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    After trimming the upper section rounding and dying all of the edges I made the toggle / pen rest and selected two antiqued gold coloured ends for the thong.

    20180108_211156[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    The final step is to put all of the pieces together and give it a final polish

    20180108_214824[1] by my0771, on Flickr

    It is now on its way to its new home.

    Thanks for looking

    Michael

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