Here is a side project I started why the binder project dries. I needed a new cell phone holster in a natural color...the black one needed repairing. The pattern was my own.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Here is the back...sorry for skipping ahead without showing you the design. I chose a hidecrafter basketweave with a heart in the center. The angle was set at a standard 30• parallel to the bottom cut line. For the border, I chose a Barry King three heart half circle border tool. The line behind the border tool was created using an old Craftool beadedr blade at 3 3/16th.
Here is the final embossed product...not really happy with it, but most importantly...several lessons learned.
In the first picture, it shows the leather dust mixed in rubber cement and was placed the cavity of the embossed part of photo number 2. Photo #3 shows the mat board, I have prepared with rubber cement to be glued to the back of photo #2. I have pre moistened the ebossed part in photo #1 in preparation for the rebevelling of the outer ring of the embossed part. Stay tuned!
Friday, August 13, 2010
The floral areas are done with the exception of decorative cuts.....now time to move onto the embossing of the word WALSH and wildcat paw in the center. I will adding moisture to the back concentrating on the beveling outline I have left. Once the water sets into to the grain side, I will use a marble and marble boulder to roll the leather up from the flesh side until I am satisfied.....progressing well.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Here is the front panel design transferred and cut out with the swivel knife....I am not really used to such small flowers, but it worked out well. I started with the flower centers and petal shading....to be continued!
Here is the final draft of the front panel design for the 3-ring binder. I have decided to make the exterior of this project in 3 pieces. Front & back panels and the spine. I am thinking the spine will be either basketweave with hearts or a ribbin type geometric stamp...the back panel will be a floral ring with the maker stamp decorated. The interior will be floral as well. Stay tune!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
A friend handed me a 'pick guard' for one of his Fender guitars that he is rebuilding. He said....I heard you work with leather. I said yea as a hobby. He went on to tell me that he has seen these elaborately carved guards.....can I make one? I said sure I can probably throw one together. He asked me....will it be as nice? I will give it an old college try......as he handed me the guard...he said we'll see....this is my first rough draft copy...the middle will have a multi directional arrowhead basket stamping...stay tuned!
Sunday, August 8, 2010
At our last guild meeting, I was the instructional presenter for the membership. We did a small embossing picture of the fish attached which was adapted from Dick Giehl's pattern. Also attached was the story board that I prepared to help out during the class. It received great reviews so far!
I am on a roll with picture mats....her another design of mine...I really like this type of flower. I tried to stay within the western floral concept. I haven't decided what type of finish it will receive yet.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
They say that things happen in threes.....here is the third one in this series......it was made for couple I recently met who have been kind to me and especially my kids at a venue we attend often. I found out that they recently got married...so here is their surprise gift!
Okay so I was a little more busy than first mentioned! I worked on this design and one more while completing Charlie's present. A few more pictures to come.......
Well....it is done! A light brown antique paste and tan kote finish was applied and allowed to dry overnight. It ia ready for a final trim and edge work