SOLD. Today we have a black and neon green Micarta Card Wallet made entirely from paper. I am liking working with paper right now. It's got some advantages from a working perspective but it also offers pretty limitless color combinations so it's likely that I won't be doing many fabric units in the future. In my mind fabric offers better strength and toughness but I'm not sure that it's actually true or just theory. As I am making the paper micarta I have been making sure each sheet of paper is pretty well soaked through with resin. My theory is that paper will act more like wood grain where it could be split along the grain since one sheet is laying up against the next without any real texture to give it sheering strength. Fabric has the weaved texture to lock two layers together and because it is more loosely "woven" than paper is, it seems that the resin more fully permeates it to create a better bond. As spacers are concerned I don't think it matters at all considering that the spacers are sandwiched between the plates and there is no chance of anything moving. But the plates themselves are exposed to drops or other damage. On the flip side, how much damage is a wallet really likely to encounter? The paper micarta is hard as a rock and I know it's not going to crack or dent, but it's that splitting action that concerns me. Only time will tell but as I made this unit things looked solid so I'm optimistic. Additionally I am using construction paper to make it. Compared to something like card stock, construction paper is very fibrous and sucks up resin like a sponge. It's a cool material, what can I say.
|We've got the brass inserts on the back plate here. You can see the openings in the bottom to let pocket debris escape.|
|Slim at roughly 1/2 inch thick with a pocket clip to hold that money!|
|I've got 6 cards in this one but there is room for another one. Everything is protected and tucked in with a hidden retention system inside to keep the cards from falling out.|