I finished the tooling on the first of two inserts. All I have to do is personalize this one and proceed with the second insert.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
The bevelling is complete along with the flower centers and shading. Now for the backgrounding etc....
Here is a wallet that I just finished to honor my friendship with Big Papa Leather. I don't normally do projects like this but I couldn't pass up this awesome looking leather I found. Everything is hand made including the interiors, stitching and lacing.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
I transferred the pattern and checked all areas twice before removing the pattern. I then stroped my swivel knife on white jewelers rouge and began my quest to cut all lines. Success!
Friday, March 18, 2011
I have glued the liner on. I also cut, measured and prepared the internal 'guts' (pockets). Now, off to sew the pockets and zipper.
The skate bag design pattern is done for side one. The opposite side will have a name and skull with a pink bow. On to the carving!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Here is the piece that I chose to use. Since it is out of the norm for me since there is no tooling involved, it took me a while to figure out what design I wanted to use. I laid out my pattern and drew a pen marking of the final size. I the cut the piece out leaving about 1/2 inch all around. Using my pen marking, I used my C.S. Obsorne skiving knife and just inside the line, I started skiving the leather outward to a paper thin size (I have to thank Peter Main) for showing me how to properly skive leather. Now to the corners so they fold properly and then a stiffener.
I found this great piece of chrome tan in a rust brown color. I thought it would be a great wallet back for a roper wallet. Stay tune.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
I completed some thank you gift for others who have helped me in this craft. This one has a piece of rust color Ostrich leather.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
If you don't subscribe ....you should. This is a very informative magazine for the leather world. In the new issue on page 18 is an article that I wrote on a picture frame mat. Take a look.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Here is a sample of my new custom tools from Clay Miller Tools. I had a flower shader made that was tilted to provide some form in my "rays" from the center flower out towards the petals. The tool on the right is my bud seeder/shader. This is a modified tool that resembles the old Craftool #363. This is a small one, but I suspect that I will have two larger sizes made. I think Clay and I have a winner here especially at the price. Check out his tools on Facebook.
The case has received it belt or bag tab and interior liner. I left both of these leather in natural state to show more of the two-tone colors. Now to the side tabs, stitching and finally the edges.