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Discussion in 'Various other stuff' started by Droolp1g, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. Droolp1g

    Droolp1g New Member

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    Hey i know a good porportion of you are from different states but i was wondering what people pay for the items they get. For example i know that one of the best places for leather hide is on ebay but someone might know of a better place. At the moment im after a place that sells cocobolo, purple heart, olive wood but dont want to pay the earth to get some. So if any one has some good advice please let me know thanks all =]
     
  2. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    Not sure how this thread went unnoticed for so long....<br><br>I get my leather from random places, usually thrift stores like the goodwill and salvation army, I get old catchers mitts, belts, shoes and leather tool holders all at good cheap prices.<br><br>I'm not too sure where to get your wood from, I get mine from the forests near by, but have yet to get very creative with board cuts yet... So I am curious as to where to get it as well <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br><br>I got a little something from a mill I used to work at, MAN I wish I was into this when I worked there, always had all sorts of Cherry, Walnut, Oaks, Maples and other more exotics like Wenge...<br><br>I used to sort out skids of lumber <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_pale.gif" alt="pale" longdesc="26"> and would have been able to pick any board I wanted with purple heart, or Curly or Speckled attributes, or just amazing wood grain. <br><br>I am really kicking myself for losing that job now. I got one nice one out of my time there though, just recently made a handle for one out of a Wenge spacer that I kept for some reason. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><br><br>I get my rubber from local physio places, but ordered some online at a place that ships free to where I live, because I couldn't get gold thera band around here... paid 50 bucks total for 6 yards of thera gold... not the greatest price... but it was on my door step in 3 days, so that was nice <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><br><br>Hope I helped!
     

  3. Droolp1g

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    I will put the links i know for materials and suppliers i have used on the bottom as not everyone will take the time to read this hope it helps. There are also links from the suppliers jourg has used too.<br><br><br>yeah well thanks for posting I also go where ever i can to get materials for free and i make a point by saying free to the suppliers i go to. I would also advise to anyone whom reads this that if you are going into a steel factory for scraps of any kind not to tell them the real purpose as i know a few places i have told have either laughed me out of the office or been insulted by the fact i want to use there materials for such a dangerous project. So every time i go to a place i try to be prepared with a cover story like im using it for an art assignment making a steel model hand or exex to be honest it does not matter what you are using it for there just paranoid. <br><br>But i would definitely say go in with a good attitude and dont abuse there trust ie go in every Saturday for example try to have a variety of people or companies you know so your not being a nuisance.<br><br>Wood is the easiest of supplies to come by by far as there is always a branch or a tree surgeon chopping down an unwanted tree some where near by. The only thing about freshly cut wood is it will bend or change shape which is called warping due to the fact that it is loosing water and immediately starts the process of shrinking and bending if left untended so you will loose the flatness over time. Using the piece withing a day or two is more advisable rather than cutting a load and leaving it a week and having to re think what you was originally going to use them for due to it . If you want more information on ways to save the shape here is a link <a href="http://4umi.com/wood/conservation/endingthebending.php" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://4umi.com/wood/conservation/endingthebending.php</a> <br><br>As for ammo i use the new marbles even though there lighter than lead there cheap and good for a day out rather than using a bucket load of lead ammo and having nothing left to hunt with if thats your thing. You can get the old type of marbles but they can be more expensive but also harder to break too. I also think that using larger ammo is better due to the fact that 10mm does not give you a good enough grip if you are using leather for a pouch plus i can see where my ammo travels when it is of a larger caliber. <br><br>If you are going to be firing off ammo in a farmers field it is very much advised to either use balloons or plastic or steel targets and NOT glass. 3 great reasons for this is 1 the environment i.e animals have to cross or walk around there too and yes that included back yards like hedgehogs/foxes/rabbits and other species can be killed by your laziness to not clean up after your self. 2 if you are using glass then cover it with masking tape a couple times because even if the glass breaks the fragments will stay withing the bottle not on the floor and you can measure you accuracy from the tape too by the impacts. 3 farmers will not shoot you on sight and might respect and appreciate the fact you are not making a dangerous environment for his/her sheep/cows and might even let you continue due to the fact that you are smart and respected the field. This can be applied to your house owner too as im sure they wont appreciate glass every where. <br><br>The leather i use for pouches is either suede which is a very tough white and flaky with visable scars but nice and smooth outer layer. I have used pig skin before which is more flexible but not a strong as suede really good for lighter bands. I have also used fake leather actually from an old hand held punching bag i never used i found it strong but not as nice or natural as the real thing. <br><br>Anyway ill add more links when i have the time hope the info has been useful have fun crafting and all the best.<br><br>For animal skin the supplier i used<br><a href="http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/thewiskeredbat/m.html?hash=item588a489648&item=380277134920&pt=UK_Crafts_Leathercraft_LE&_trksid=p4340.l2562" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/thewiskeredbat/m.html?hash=item588a489648&item=380277134920&pt=UK_Crafts_Leathercraft_LE&_trksid=p4340.l2562</a><br><br>For animal skin<br><a href="http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_nkw=leather+hide&_sacat=0&_odkw=animal+hide&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_nkw=leather+hide&_sacat=0&_odkw=animal+hide&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313</a><br><br>A link for antler but they sell chunks of wood/550 paracord and other great products.<br><a href="http://www.greenmanbushcraft.co.uk/cutting-tools/knife-making-accessories/?0_0=0&p=4" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.greenmanbushcraft.co.uk/cutting-tools/knife-making-accessories/?0_0=0&p=4</a><br><br>Another decent antler supplier i have used<br><a href="http://www.stickmaker.com/stickmakingshop.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.stickmaker.com/stickmakingshop.htm</a>
     
  4. Droolp1g

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    A 12 shot lead mould going for £90 each<br><a href="http://www.bellsofhythe.com/products.asp?catid=134" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.bellsofhythe.com/products.asp?catid=134</a><br><br>You can get a cheaper 12 shot lead mould for around £14.98<br>Advised to get size 6 as jourg has used this size<br>They are about 25 pence more on amazon as i have checked already<br><a href="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BALL-LEAD-SINKER-MOULD-FISHING-WEIGHT-MOULDS-/290592050300?pt=UK_SportingGoods_FishingAcces_RL&var=&hash=item896010820d" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BALL-LEAD-SINKER-MOULD-FISHING-WEIGHT-MOULDS-/290592050300?pt=UK_SportingGoods_FishingAcces_RL&var=&hash=item896010820d</a><br><br>Here is a link for the electric melting pot jourg uses i believe some of the links on here are cheaper than ebay They are around £80<br><a href="http://www.supaprice.co.uk/p/result.jsp?ga=uk8&q=melting+pots+for+lead" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.supaprice.co.uk/p/result.jsp?ga=uk8&q=melting+pots+for+lead</a><br><br>You can get a cheap torch set which will be more affordable to those who cant afford the electric pot i believe the cheapest will be around £18 from b and q but you will still need a pot laddle around £25 found on the above link but £40 is just under half the price of the electric pot it just requires more effort Or you can make on for free if you have the steel scraps.<br><a href="http://search.diy.com/search#w=soldering" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://search.diy.com/search#w=soldering</a> torch&asug=solder<br>