Thursday, April 28, 2011

Blog is Down

Sorry, but due to a recent physical injury........I am unable to get to my bench.  I hope to return very soon. 

Thanks for your patience in the meantime.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Molding Process

I molded the top cover of the digital drive overnight.  It was simply done by wetting both sides of the leather and gently working the leather down and around the corners until it mirrored the shape that will encompass.  After it was shaped, I used nails to hold the project down.  As an anchor, I used a 2x8 piece of pine board.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mahogany Antique Gel

I have put the dye on the project.  I will be putting a finish coat before I install the strap anchors and gussett.  I purchased the zipper today......a heavy duty 20" coil zipper.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Skate Bag Back in the Works

I took some notes from the customer as to what she wanted this bag to look like.  I decided to put a slight resist using Eco-Flo Super Sheen on all the lettering.  I also painted the bow using a magenta color acrylic and coated it with super sheen.

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Short Test Drive

I took out new custom swivel knife by BW Leather.  Smooth action that didn't skip a beat.  The height is perfect for my hand and after a little sharpening work, it took off on the leather.  Thanks Bryan!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Embossing is Done!

I completed the re-bevelling and backgrounding.  The designed is raised enough to look good for me.  Now. I will wrap my HD case in plastic to protect it. Then I will wet the leather around the logo heavily to prepare it for forming.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Carved and Embossing Now

I carved, tooled and started my embossing process.  I will put glue around the carved area (from the backside) and on a piece of backing board.  Once the glue dries, I will affix the board to back of the leather with glue.  I will turn the project over and gently apply pressure around the perimeter to make sure that it has been set.  I will then re-bevel all lines starting from the exterior inward.  More pictures to come.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Another Project Idea.

I designed this last night.  It will be a custom wrap for my portable hard drive. I saw another HD manufacture offer theirs with a leather cover, so I thought I would take mine bit further.  We'll see how it comes out.  Right now, this design just got in line at the bench.  Stay tune!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Yup! She's a Winner!

Here is a sample of the cuts it makes right out of the box.

New Member to my Knife Collection

Wow!  I wondered what had arrived in the mailbox when I saw the priority mail box.  To much surprise, a California connection selected me to have one of his custom made swivel knives.  It is made out of copper and has a pressed BK 3/8" slant blade.  It was custom made to my selected height...........utterly amazing item!  Thanks Bryan. 

Stay tuned to my blog for more project information.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Burnishing Options

Edges Are Prepared

I edged the edges using my Barry King #1 edger and prepared them by sanding them first; dampen them and rubbed them with glycerine soap.  Using a canvas (rubbed with glycerine) and rubbed the edges.  After the initial rubbing, I dyed the edges using Fiebings Saddle Tan dye and rubbed off the excess.  I use my canvas and rubbing stick to finish the edges.

Stitching is Done!

I used a natural color corded thread to stitch this project using a standard saddle stitch.  I also put a silver tip on the strap.

Stitching Groove done

Using my Tandy Pro Stitcher, I used the thickness of my leather project to determine the width for my stitching groove.   Like my stitches to sit inside the groove flush with the leather to protect them while in use.  For this reason, I take two light paths with the groover. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Spur Strap Dyed

I dyed the spur strap using Eco-Flo 'Saddle Tan' antique gel to include the liner.  I normally dye the entire project before I cut the main project out.  With the gel, I do not lightly moisten the leather before applying it like with the regular water based dyes like Eco-Flo.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Upcoming Figure Carving Course

In mid-May, I will be teaching a half day figure carving course featuring this large mouth bass.  Each participant will learn how to use figure carving tools, the basics of leather embossing and creating different textures.  The course will be held at the Tandy LF store located in Austin, Tx.  This class is rated for intermediate leather crafters.  Come and join is limited!

Spur Strap Project Underway

I wanted to make a spur strap to go with my cowboy cuff.  I picked a simple two piece design.  The floral is an old F.O. Baird flower.  I finished tooling this pattern and oil it for the night.