I decided to use the Eco-Flo 'Saddle Tan' antique gel for this project and forgo any background dyeing. I have a couple of chrome tan colors to pick while this piece dries. I picked up the zipper yesterday. I will have to work on designing the bottle cap as well.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
I had Big Papa Leather help me with all of the applique sewing and he did a great job! I glued the backing to the sewn leather and then glued the 'guts' or interior to the leather. Finally, sewing the border with a light grey cotton thread and away she goes! I hope the new owner isn't too upset since this order goes back to May 2010.
Friday, December 24, 2010
I am working on a wine bottle carrier pattern. I moved on to the carving pattern. I decided to use a Jim Linnell inspired pattern since I recently took a class from him. I felt it really fitting for this project.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
This one has been in on the waiting list since this summer. The owner ripped the first I made her because it could not carry all of her stuff. Since I try to keep my works to one of a kind stuff, I came up with this design. One side will have the word 'Cowboys' and the other side of the multi pocket purse will have the famous star in DC colors. The project is done in chrome tan with several layers of applique.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
The journal cover is back from DFC Studios after being dyed with color. Danny did a fantastic job and he normally does. I need the liner and pockets to complete it before delivery.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I completed the tooling process. The leather is still cased so I will allow it to dry before I proceed. Since this is a buff color leather, I will probably oil it with Neatfoot oil to darken the leather a bit. Stay tune
I started a new picture fram mat for an 8" x 10" frame. The pattern was found in a Leather Crafter's & Saddler's Journal designed by Mr. Chan Geer.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Thanks goes to Clay Miller Tools for my new 'purpleheart' barrel and Mr. Jeremiah Watt for my freshly engraved saddle....this discontinued Al Stohlman swivel knife's upgrade is almost done....the blade is next. The pattern will be posted on my facebook if you are interested.
As I sit here contemplating the details of our guild meeting tomorrow night.....I watch all of my current projects drying from their respective finishes.....I find the time and need to do some swivel knife practice. Freelance of course....messing around with the depth of my cuts and swwing how long I can drag a tail. Nothing big...just working my bit of steel!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
This morning I applied my resist 'Clear-Lac' (courtesy of Springfield Leather); allowed to dry for a couple hours and then applied some sheridan brown antique paste. My paste is laced with Tan Kote, so some protection is added. I cut the template out and trimmed my edges. I will glue a lining in the next couple of days.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
I have completed the first stage of my dyeing. I will allow it to dry and in the AM, I will put on my resist and allow it to dry again.
I wanted to try my hand at the new Tandy LF 'smartphone' kit, but with two excepts! One, I do not have the kit and two, I do not like the designs offered in the kit. So, I drew up a simple pattern design and drew out a pattern to fit my Droid. Hope you enjoy!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Since I couldn't sleep I thought I would work on leather. I made some little holsters so my knives will travel safety and protected. I colored them using Eco-Flo Antique Gels. I am thinking that I may lace them up....not sure. I will waiting until the next night I cannot sleep!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Here is the picture mat completed minus the sealant coat. It places too much of a glare when I take a phtotograph. The oak leaves were dyed with sunshine yellow on the base followed by canyon tan as a hi lite dye. Once that dried, I proceed emerald green as a solid base about 95% coverage and completed it with emerald green diluted to a 1 to 2 ratio to complete the coverage. After the dye dried, I sprayed on a coat of Fiebing's Leather Sheen and let it dry for about an hour. Two coats of liquid Super Sheen followed and some medium brown antique gel. The project will receive some Tan Kote before affixing to frame base.
Friday, October 22, 2010
I have completed the background with my last drops of the Fiebings Mahogany dye I had! Finally, I can break out a new bottle I purchased 6 months ago.......a good healthy coat of Bee Natural RTC finish was put on the piece 'after' the dye completely dried. It has been set aside until tomorrow.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I completed tooling the 'sample' design for an upcoming course at Tandy Leather Factory in November. I decided the design is fitting for the season. After tooling, I lightly coated the project with EVOO. I will continue the process after the oil sinks into the fibers. Next will come the dyeing process. Stay tuned!
A member of our guild suggested that we create a 'leather' quilt representing all of members and their specific leathercraft art. Here is my piece #12. I call it the smoking skull!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
The finished touches has been completed....a coat of Fiebing Mahogany paste mixed with Tan Kote! What a beautiful look....on to its new owner....with a piece of scrap from this project I was able to make into a nice coaster as an added gift! Stay tune for some information about this project to come later on! Enjoy!
Friday, October 15, 2010
I applied some light coats of Clear-Lac (vendor: Springfield Leather) and will allow it to dry for the entire day before putting on my Fiebings antique paste.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I am working on a secret, secret project that I promised someone for January 2011. It is still in the works, but I wanted post some details on my blog! From casing leather to decorative knife cuts....3.25 hours. Yea I know....a long time, but there was a lot of photos being taken.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Here are two of the most wonderful people that I have had the pleasure of meeting. Chuck and Lana Smith of C. Smith & Company makers of some of the best leather working tools on the market!
Visit them on the Face book and your local leather showing. The show was awesome. I also attached a few other pictures of saddles in the competition. You can check out my Facebook site for further photographs from the show @ King's X Custom Leather Works.