Saturday, December 22, 2012

Flower Necklace

There had been a discussion on the Leatherworker's forum about whether you could use a paper diecut machine for leather. I have one of the original Spellbinders Wizard machines so thought I would give it a try since I know that it can handle fairly dense materials. I used the Tim Holtz tattered florals die from Sizzix. I tooled to get more definition and dimension. I coloured the flowers with Copics then antiqued with leather die. The damp leather shaped well and I was pleasantly surprised at how lightweight the final pendant is.

Key tag

Just a little thing I made for my son-in-law using his logo. It was the first time I had done this type of carving. I found that the copic markers worked really well to colour the main figure and the edging.

Luggage tag

When I was planning to use the copics for colouring the leather on the purse flap, I decided to try it out on some scrap leather first. This was belly leather which is not the greatest but it was good enough to practice both the tooling and the colouring. I did learn a lot from this exercise. The tooling made it impossible to groove the stitching line and I should have cut around the patterns on the luggage tag opening more carefully. Actually things were not going too badly until I used the wrong tool to make the holes for stitching, as I was waiting for the correct ones to come. These holes are much too large and really detract from the tooling.
Even though the stitching aggravates me, I did use it when travelling a couple of weeks ago because I do like the tooling.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Hobo style purse

I have been playing with this in my mind for a long time and finally got it done. As a first one, there were many things that did not work as well as I hoped. But I can see a lot of improvements in my tooling and I learned a lot about the does and don'ts in construction. The flap sectioned tooled.
I am getting much better definition with my tooling. A lot of it has to do with getting some better bevellers from Northern Lights Leather Tools.
I hand painted the background using Golden Acrylic paints and air brush medium. I did get some of it on the leaf but it doesn't show after the leaf was coloured.
I coloured the flowers and leaves with Copic markers. This was a real learning experience as they behave a lot differently on leather than on smooth cardstock.
Then I antiqued with a dark brown hilite stain to pull it all together.
This wasn't the best fabric for the liner as it is a cotton, but I loved the print. I can always replace it if it wears out.
The blue leather I bought at Tandy leather on sale. I'm not sure that is shows in the pictures but it isn't navy and isn't royal blue, but somewhere in between. A really pretty colour with denim.
More views.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

First Belt

It seems that everyone that starts to play with leather makes a belt at some part in the process. This is the first one I have made and it was decidely a learning experience. Hopefully the next one will be better and I have learned from my mistakes. lol

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Leather coin purse

I have seen these nifty little no sew coin purses while cruising the web and thought I would try and make one. This is my version. There are some errors in tooling and dying because I was impatient and rushing but I still think it turned out ok. Leather working will teach me patience, if nothing else. lol

Monday, April 16, 2012

Leather watch band

I have been playing with leather these days. Just learning of course and things are still really rough but I thought I would share the watch band I made using scraps. I did a lot of things wrong so this was a great learning experience but I am pleased that the end result is wearable.