Saturday, December 22, 2012
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.
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.
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.
Monday, November 26, 2012
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.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
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
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
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.