Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top Side Almost Done

After much thinking,  I decided to bust out my Barry King Geometric tool for the center design.   The border tools are both Barnes -Hacbarth.   The veiner  is an older Barry King tool.  Now, I have to cut out the small cavity above the area were the badge will go and on to the liner.


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Final Project for 2011

I sure take it to the end....as 2011 comes to an end, find myself working on the final commission piece of the year.  It is a pocket flap badge holder.  Thanks to White's Leather Shop for being kind enough to share their design, which I have started to tweak to my liking based on the actual badge.  Stay tune

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Professional Leather Punch

Here is a new toy added to my collection.   Chuck Smith Tools just put on the market an updated version for sale.  This little baby has a lever action which is controlled by a spring that will reset it after each action.  It also has a spring adjustment for spacing of holes.  This particular unit came from an owner/user.  It only came with a 3/32" blade but it adjustable for other sizes.  I am still cleaning it up, but I am excited to actually see it in action against leather.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

New Video on Floral Carving by Saddle Maker Cary Schwarz

I purchased this video and it did
not a let down for me. I really learned some new things and that was one of my purposes for buying the video. There were many things that made me go....hhhhmmmm....wow.....very nice to typical why didn't I think of that! Overall, this video displayed the techniques for carving and tooling from one of the industry masters in his field. I cannot wait for the next series.....that is where I have major problems. Thanks Mr. Cary!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Showing Off

I know that most of my followers read about this project in this blog.  What I forgot to do was post a completed picture.  So here it is....

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Getting Back Into the Groove

I have slowly unpacking my leather stuff after rebuilding my work bench.  After working on a couple of swivel knife blades, I decided to replenish my key chain stock.

Things are still a bit busy, but I have some project ideas on the list. I hope to start them as soon as I can make a bit more room to work.

I hope everyone's weekend is going well.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Baseball Cap Bill Cut & Fitted

I carefully trimmed the inside of the bill to the contour of the cap.  Once the fit was perfect, I turn the cap over and marked the exterior (front) contour of the bill.  I took my new 'Buckaroo' and carefully trimmed the excess leather.  Now, I checked the final form and did any necessary trimming.  Now to complete my edge finishing and gluing the leather to the bill.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Finish Applied

Continuing with last post, I wanted to continue my test of the new products recently released by Tandy Leather Factory.   As a sealant, I chose the satin 'Professional Finish' and applied it with a scrap piece of wool.  As you can see that some of the dye did come off onto the wool piece, but it did not affect the finish color whatsoever.  The second photo shows the satin finish completely dried.  I took another piece of wool and lightly buffed the project.......again.....it came out clean with no residue.  As for the wear and tear reliability especially on a baseball cap is yet to be determined.  I will say that I am pretty impressed and it would @certainly be a product for any level of leathercrafter, but in my opinion for anyone that has experienced dyeing issues........like me!  Thanks for following another project on this blog.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Dyeing Process

So, I have reached the dyeing process.  I wanted to dye this bill in black.  Since Tandy Leather Factory rolled out their new product under the label 'Professional Water Stain" product.  So, Dennis Guerra, manager of the Austin store was nice enough to let me take this product for a ride so I could post the results here.  Well, it worked out better than I expected for sure.  The child proof cap was a bit more difficult to maneuver.  The product can be applied by a sponge or piece of wool scrap.  The interesting thing is the suggested application process.  It does require to apply the dye by rubbing it into the leather.  As you apply the dye, it will appear as if the dye will streak due to lack of coverage......but wait a minute.......the dye actually gets better with time!

I would also recommend that you buff the leather project once the dye appears dry.  In the second picture shows the results of the buffing.  As you can tell there is very little residual on the scrap.  The project does come out a bit better and shiny when the buffing is completed.

So, I have decided to dump my Eco-Flo products (sorry) and move onto the Professional Water Stain.  Next, the Professional Satin Sealer.......stay tune!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Background Completed

I completed the tooling and the pebble background work to provide some relief for the flames.  Now on to the dyeing process.  You will want to stay tune.......I will be using the new Fenice product marketed by TLF under the Professional Waterbased Stain.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Swivel knife and Bevel Work

I cut the pattern using one of my favorite swivels.  I then bevel all of the lines in the design to show relief.  Be careful with your bevel work to make sure your beveling is smooth & constant.  Now for the minimal backgrounding work.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Design Scribed & Ready to Cut

I have determined the perimeter measurements of the cap bill.  I then cut a piece of 3/4 oz leather for this project.  I then took my scratch awl and traced the design onto my cased leather.  The pattern was drawn freehand by me.  It is a waving flag with flames showing a few stars and strips.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Patriotic Baseball Cap Bill

I have finally replaced my military service hat and during a visit with. George Hurst I saw his awesome carved leather bill.  So I decided to make one for my hat, but I did want one with florals or geometric.  I decided a patriotic scene would be best.  Here is the start of that project.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Edges with Quik Slik

New Edge. Finishing Product

Ms. Vandy at Sheridan Outfitters chose me to try out this product at the Texas Saddle & Boot Show.  The new product is called Quik Silk and it is a secret receipe for edge finishing.  This product is a no brainer and great for any level of leather crafter.  In fact, it might just spoil the crafter since it is so easy to use.  Prepare your edges as you would and apply this liquid base to your leather edges.  Allow it to dry and work it with a piece of heavy canvas or your favorite burnisher.  The result will be a satin & smooth finish to your edges.  What I like best about Quik Silk is that dye will penetrate this product after application.  The final evaluation, awesome product under $5 bucks!  

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Carrier Completed.....

Now that the sewing has been completed.....all that is left is the edge finishing.  You want to stay tune for this segment.  I received a new product from Ms. Vandy at Sheridan Outfitters just for edges!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Bottom Sewed On

The bottom was prepared to be applied by punching my sewing holes to the entire perimeter.  I also made some reference marks to the sides so I could match the holes.  It was a bit easier than I expected.   Some people have asked why I didn't just use one single piece of leather that incorporated the bottom.  Well I try to use as much of my scrap leather when I make my prototypes.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Panels Sewn in Place

I place a very small bead of contact cement down all of the edges so they will hold in place while you sew them.  I then took my adjustable groover and released the screw.  I then set the distance of the groove based on the leather thickness.  I then cut a groove for my stitches.  Caution: remember that on two panels your sewing channel will end where the shorter panels stop towards the top.  Once the grooves where cut, I used my modified Tandy sewing chisel and placed my stitching holes on each side making sure that my chisel was perpendicular to the leather for straight stitching results.  Now, on to the bottom piece....

Saturday, October 15, 2011

An Added Touch!

I took my leather and marked it with my scratch awl to the dimensions needed.  Once everything was marked, I used my utility knife and cut all the pieces.  On the front panel, I decided to add a little leather bling touch.  I stamped out three cow outlines, which I will applique with another piece of leather later.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Second Wine Bottle Carrier Prototype

I started my second of three wine bottle carriers that I wanted to build.  If you follow my blog, you will have remembered the first carrier, which was a boot type carrier using tooled & chrome tan leather.  This one will be simple using nothing but leather and thread.  It appears that it will be made of five pieces in all.  Stay tune!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My Other Office!

Packing up the other office in preparation for our move.  Keep hanging out on this blog because I have a few projects that I will posting while the move is in progress.  My better half thought I was a bit crazy when she found out that I was bubble wrapping up my hand tools.  When I told her how much each of them costs, she ordered me to double up on the bubble wrap!  I didn't realize how much stuff I actually had in this small work area.  I might need more boxes!  Stay tune....

Monday, October 3, 2011

Judd Geometric Tool 2011

Here is a geometric stamping tool provided to me by Tim Judd from Tanglefoot.  Tim asked me to take this tool for a ride.  Here is a bit of a warm up for me with this tool.  It is definately built well.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

New Swivel Knife

Here is a new swivel knife for my collection that I picked up at the Texas Boot & Saddle Show from Lonnie at Hackbarth tool.  It is a Ray Hackbarth design swivel knife with a 5/8" barrel and a 1/2" x 1/8" steel blade.  There is one more swivel knife design from Lonnie that mirrors a more modern design that I need to pick up down the road.  Thanks Lonnie!

Monday, September 26, 2011

I.D. Carriers finished

The left one is the main project for this thread, but I decided to make a few more.  Yeah, yeah I know that only have one work I.D. but what the heck.  These were all made using cow and exotic leather scraps.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New I.D. Lanyard Carrier

I took some exotic scraps, water Buffalo and made a lanyard I.D. carrier for work.  This carrier has a slip where you can insert the I.D.  Right below (in the back) is a place where you can store a credit card or business cards.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Just When You Thought.....

And I thought that I was having a bad day!  I guess it is true.....that sometimes others do have it worse than you!

Just Tooling Around!

Every now and then I get into the geometric stamping mood, so I took out a Weekend Wallet blank and started tooling around with this weave tool.  I didn't have but 10 mins since I had to leave to an event for one of my kids.

Craftool 956 Rope Tool

I started messing around with this wretched rope tool that I put aside almost a year ago after it made me mad.  I vowed to conquer it by figuring this thing out. The scribe lines were made pronounced for instructional purposes.