New expermental bag, and two other slightly off bags

Well here at GibbintheGremlin we do enjoy experimenting with different styles and different things, but once in a while these things do not turn out just right, there might be a small defect, such as a stitching line that goes a little strange when Billy Bob has to much coffee. The stitching is truly sound as everything here is done by hand with the strongest stitch in leather working, which is called a saddle stitch. Its just the line is not perfect like we want. So we are going to start selling these bags very soon at a high discount as they are simply taking up space and someone else could enjoy using one of the bags.These bags, while normally, will sell for any where between 500 to 900 dollars will be up for sale for any where between 200 to 400 So watch this space for more details...and Just to tease you all.. dollars very soon. 

The mad hatter

The day the Hatter became the Mad Hatter (more then likely from making one to many hats trust us folks making leather Top hats is not easy!!!)

The Mad Hatter having a cup of tea

Dare to fail

There is always a strange fear of failing, either in a test, or dating, or life in general but yet if we do not fail we do not learn. So I say Dare to fail. Sure we all have great ideas, some of them better then others, you know like the idea of sticking a fork into a plugged in toaster to get that stuck piece of bread out..might not be the best of ideas, but you will come to a shocking conclusion!! Look at how many failures there were before man learned to actually fly and stay up instead of coming down in a screaming pile! If you can get rid of the fear of failure, as if failing is some how a BAD thing then you can truly let go and not only experiment but learn from the failures.

Just the other day I decided to make a pocket for a messenger bag out of pigskin figured it was thin enough and would look nice with the leather. Well thankfully it was a failure, out of that failure I learned a few things A: The pocket was not the right size for the gusset (the side of the bag) and B: by redesigning the pocket not only did I find the right thickness to use, but have a better fitting pocket that I can now turn into a templet for the rest of the pockets that I want to make.

Now there have been other failures that the only lesion that I learned was..not to do that again...but yet that is still a golden lesion as I now know what NOT to do. The only time failure should be looked on negatively is if the person does not learn anything from their failure. If we learn from our mistakes we can come up with a lot of great ideas! So embrace failure, do not fear it, charge forward, and if you do fail...learn from it, improve from it and always continue to move forward!

Some thing for nothing

We have noticed of late in a lot of different forums and just talking with people in general that it seems that people, yes want value for their money which is something that all company's should strive to do, make sure that their customer feels that they are getting their money's worth...but not at the expense of the company or the company's products. You see people seem to think that hand crafted items should be cheaper then what the price normally is. What the general public does not take in consideration, especially for a start up company or any one that does hand made items, are A: The material that is used costs us a bit of money which we have to get back, then there is the added costs both of our time, just as an example it takes us around 2 to 5 days, some times longer, to make a corset. And as we hand stitch or hand rivet everything that does take a bit of time. So next time you go to a Renfair or a craft show and look at the product, and ask yourself what the material would cost and if you did it how long it might take you, then think if the price is "to up charged, or to expensive". Quality speaks for itself, and yes I know in this day and age everyone is use to getting a new product and having that product only last a year or maybe even less, then throwing it away. With a hand crafted item it can last generations.

Mad as A Hatter

Here at the shop we like to try to do something different, either something new with chainmail or something new with leather that we have yet to try and think..hmm maybe we can do that...well currently we are working on a steampunk themed leather top hat...and well Billy Bob has gone a bit mad, the hardest part is getting the brim hand stitched (remember everything here at Gibbin's B.E.S.T chainmail and leather goods is done by hand no machinery is used at the shop) to the body of the top hat has proven to be a bit more difficult then one would think...have to get the broom handle out and start poking in the rafters as Billy Bob is hiding up there mumbling about no more hat brims...he has only been at this for two days the wimp!!!

Old knowledge

The more this company expands into leather craft and chainmail craft I have come to the conclusion that someone dear to me is right in her thinking. Now this person is a very wise person but she is a bit old. We were having a conversation on the phone about to many kids are going to college and getting degrees. Now at first I just thought this person was just "not with the times" and maybe having a bit of a problem with reality until she said. "Pretty soon there will be no plumbers, no trash collectors, no ditch diggers. At the time I just blew it off and kind of snickered. But the more we dig into leather crafting the more I see the old ways are disappearing at a rather alarming rate.

Now part of this is due to technology and that is not a bad thing per say. We are more connected to people then human's have ever been in our history on this planet. But yet this technology is also what is causing the death of some of the old ways. Things are now available to be shipped world wide, we want things faster and easier and brought to our doors so we no longer have to go out into the sea of humanity.

Look around when was the last time you saw someone making a hat by hand...shoes by hand...wallets...when was the last time you saw a blacksmith at his or her forge? There are even only a few people that know how to fix and even make buggy whips. Now some of these skills are not used a lot in a modern world, but that does not mean that the knowledge that these artisan have should be lost. Good quality items that are hand crafted tend to last longer then most new technology simply because the person that is making the item is taking the time to make sure its as perfect as humanly possible. We strive to ensure that each item is almost an art form in and of itself.

Personally I think there is something inherently with society when jobs are looked down on as if they are beneath people. Lets look at plumbers just as an example sure the job is labor but the prices they charge make up for it. There are jobs out there that sure are labor intensive but these jobs do pay rather well. The easier our lives get the less we are willing to actually work with our hands.  And yes some of these skills are a bit expensive, just look at leather, for one hide a company or person can easily pay 300 dollars or more depending on a lot of factors and there is a bit of waste though we do try to keep that down to a minimum. But yet look at all the items that are crafted by hand. A lot of these things will stand the test of time and out last your new fancy cell phone.

We are building things cheaper and easiler, and yet they do not last but look there are 100 year old coffee grinders that are still working to this day and they are stunning to look at. We as a society need to value this "old knowledge" even if you do not plan on making anything, pick up a book and read about a new skill such as shoe making, or how to make a hat. You will learn some really interesting facts that may even tempt you to try it yourself. We must preserve this knowledge instead of simply looking down on it as if there is something wrong with being  " old fashioned".

 

A new tab to the website maybe

Hmm thinking off adding a new tag to our webpage...something like strange experiments...You see here at Gibbinthegremlin we do tend to get a little bored so once in a while we come up with some strange ideas on what we can or can not do with some of the leather and chainmail supplies that we have. And I have to say some of the experiments turn out ok..some of them become new products and some of them should never ever see the light of day!!! But that is what it takes to run a small business, trail and error. Some times these errors turn out to be better then what you had originally planed!

Cleaning your jewellery

We have been asked by several people what are some of the best ways to clean chainmail jewellery. Well there are actually several good ways to clean it. For things like 14k Gold, Sterling Silver and almost any other precious metals you can go to a local jeweler and they sell cleaning cloths. Now these clothes are light weight pieces of material, some of which are treated with a chemical that you then simply rub the jewellery with it to pull the tarnish and or dirt off. We here at the shop have seen these clothes go for any where between 10 to 30 dollars. Now there is another way which is just as effective, and just as easy with out wasting the gas to get to the local jeweler, and this "miracle" thing? Will it cost you a lot of money will it truly work? Well to answer the first question no it wont cost you a lot of money, wont even cost you 10 dollars, will it work, yep always and this " thing"  is simple tooth paste and a SOFT bristle brush.

Yep you heard us right tooth past and a soft bristle brush, simply coat the piece of jewellery in toothpaste and very gentally rub the toothbrush over the area/s that need to be cleaned. We have even just used our fingers to clean off the pieces of jewellery and it works very well. The reason for the soft bristles is a simple one, precious metals are easy to scratch. That goes the same for things like anodized aluminum, really that goes for any metal that has been anodized as you can peel the color off them if you are not careful.