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The Business Of Upholstery / Fasnap "Premium" vs. "Economy" snaps
« on: May 15, 2015, 12:20:47 PM »
In the past when I ordered snaps from Fasnap, they sent me "Premium".  I never specified, that's just what I got, so I assumed "Premium" was the default.  Fast track to today -->  they sent "Economy" so I called and asked if there is a quantitative difference:

1.  There is less brass.
2.  The nickel plating is the same.
3.  The dimensions are the same but the walls are thinner (because there is less brass).
4.  Premium and Economy can be used together in the same application.
5.  Premium is significantly more expensive, like 30% more.

Fasnap users... do you demand Premium snaps?  Or is Economy adequate for your needs?

Also, since I haven't ordered in a while, they dropped my 15% distributor discount. *whine*

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Originally featured in Fine Woodworkinghttp://www.finewoodworking.com/how-to/article/food-safe-finishes.aspx

...and reviewed here:  http://www.humblebeeandme.com/beeswax-furniture-polish/

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Beeswax Furniture Polish

50g mineral oil
10g beeswax
I used a ratio of 5:1 oil to beeswax, but next time I may go with a 4:1 ratio to give me a thicker polish.

Melt together. Remove from heat and stir until cooled. It should be thick and creamy. Decant into a small jar.

To use, buff onto a wooden surface with a clean cotton cloth. Let dry for about 15 minutes, and return to re-apply or buff off any leftovers (I like to apply a thin enough coating that this is not necessary to remove visible excess, but it is necessary to remove the stickiness so dust doesnít stick to your furniture). Let the surface dry for a few hours before using.

Because this is from a blog, people chimed in with more "natural" oil alternatives to mineral oil, such as walnut, grapeseed, jojoba, and refined coconut but the author did note:  "Youíll just have to watch for rancidity (though you generally donít have to worry about it once itís on the furniture, which is nice)."

Before I go melting down beeswax, what is the general opinion of this recipe?  Thanks!


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The Business Of Upholstery / Help me identify mystery die?
« on: October 15, 2014, 06:04:25 PM »
Customer sent me a photo from a huge haul o' button stuff.  This was part of it.  They're... hand sets, maybe?  For... ?



They would go in a Defiance machine, if they even goe in a machine.  Help?  What are they?

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How to Use This Forum / My smilies have disappeared...
« on: August 31, 2014, 07:30:55 AM »
I can't see smilies in messages anymore.  I checked my profile and didn't see a "allow smilies" setting.  *insert sad face here*

Am I the only one?  Did I miss a setting?  Am I doomed forever to a smiley-less existence?  Help me...

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Just finished prototypes for rhinestone cap dies -- not sure I got it right and am desperate for a couple of testers.  I sized the die to fit the following machines:

Wade
Osborne
Defiance
C&C Metal
Dyna Line

...but if you have a Handy 24L snap die, I can modify one for you.  You MUST already have a 24L (#24) snap die.

Rhinestone caps can be used in place of regular snap caps (they're really pretty)...



I will send you a 24L rhinestone die + rhinestone caps (and snaps if you need them).  Please contact me if you're interested.

sales @ workroombuttons . com [remove spaces]

THANK YOU!

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General Discussion / Using a hot knife with poly flag material
« on: July 17, 2013, 01:47:40 PM »
A little off topic here...

Our high school band received a generous anonymous donation, and I suggested using some of it to purchase a hot knife.  This would allow us to produce more professional-looking color guard flags than we have made previously.

I have never used a hot knife, and since I opened my big mouth... researching hot knives and learning how to use one is now MY job. HELP!

Fabric is "China Silk" (lightweight poly flag material, basically garment lining fabric).  Would we want this kind of knife, with a rod instead of a blade?



What do you use for a cutting surface?  Would a blade cut/melt cleanly through such thin fabric, or would the fabric bunch up in front of the blade?  Is it safe or wise to cut through several layers at once?

Trying to imagine every possible issue, but I don't even know what I don't know, so... ?


EDIT:  I originally said "nylon" -- fabric is actually POLYESTER.

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The Business Of Upholstery / Get your cutters sharpened... finally!
« on: November 04, 2010, 10:57:13 AM »
Bobby Mac the Knife Sharpening Service is now sharpening button and grommet cutters by mail.  Bob can sharpen any brand cutter, and he has a fast turnaround time.

We are not affiliated in any way, but Bob sharpened my cutters and they cut like buttah.  :D  No one else offers this service, and I am pleased to recommend him.

He's running a promotional special right now -- contact him directly for details:

bob@bobbymactheknife.com
781-242-9118

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