Thursday, June 30, 2011

Molding & Gluing

I glued the interior areas that need to connected.   Once the glue became tacky, I jointed the pieces together working all of the seams and corners.   I used a bone folder to work all around the perimeter.   I also trimmed the leather a bit to make it easier for sewing.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Portable Hard Drive Cover

Well this project has been sitting aside since I molded it.  Here you see that I have dyed the cover black.  I also cut and prepared the bottom piece to include some vent holes.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Billfold Project

I just got my wallet back from my laser engraver.  I decided to go this route because the logo was going to be very small.  The interior is a Chaylor-Fennel Roo Tan billfold from Springfield Leather.  I haven't decided whether to sew or lace yet?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Weekend Wallets Completed

Well, the wallets have been stitched up and edges finished.  Now, lets make this posting more interesting.  The first follower who posts a comment will get one of these sent to them.  I can only extend this offer to my CONUS followers due to the high cost of shipping outside of the US.  Good luck and thanks for following my blog spot!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Weekend Wallets

I couldn't sleep last night stamped some what I call weekend wallets.  These are meant for the beach, movies or anytime where the luxury of pockets is not available.   These can store up to 4 credit cards and a couple large bills for any last minute shopping.  This is still an idea in the works so stay tuned

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Belt Done!

Here is another geometric belt done and getting ready to hop into a box headed for California.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Final Finish

Here is the belt with the finish dried.  Now onto the gluing the liner and sewing and we can stick a fork in this project.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Neatlac Resistant Applied

The oil has settled in the belt overnight.  I took a piece of sheeps wool and applied a even coat to the geomectric design.  The belt is allowed to dry overnight.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New Geometric Belt

As you can see by my previous picture,  I selected the swatch at the bottom for this belt.  The stamp is a shell design made by Barnes-Hacbarth tool company in Elfrida, AZ.  At first, I didn't know how to use this tool until I played with it.  Now, onto the oiling and sunbathing for a quick tan.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Geometric Stamping Samples

I am getting ready to start another geometric design belt.  Since I do not have much experience with this type of stamping, I have been playing around with several of my stamps.  Instead of tossing the practice samples, I saved them and placed them on a string for as a future resource.  Geometric stamping like swivel knife practice should always be dome to keep your proficiency up.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tooled Skates Bag

Sewing 2nd Panel

Glued and attached the front panel.  I started sewing it after punching the holes.  I also attached the handle strap using a Chicago screw.

Sewing the Gusset

I am attaching one side of the gusset onto the skate bag.  I coated the edge of one the panel and the gusset with Dura 88 contact cement.  Once it dried and became tacky,  I joined the pieces and used binder clips to hold it in place. Once the surfaces made good contact I punched the sewing hoes and proceeded to sew it up.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


The geometric design belt for my friend Mark Martin is done!   Okay, not other half reminded me about the missing billet holes.   This is what happens when you piece meal time to work on your projects.  I hope he likes it.

Edge Finishing ~ Almost Done!

Well, the stitching has been completed.  Now for the edges and this project is done!  I place my sanding drum on my drill press and sand all edges on the belt and personalized belt keeper. After a good sanding, I return to the bench and begin the edge finishing process.  Please see my previous post on edge finishing.   After applying a finish coating I allow it to dry.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hand Stitching

I started by using a #7 overstitch wheel to mark my holes on the stitching groove I cut along both borders.  Then I used the Al Stohlman method for hand stitching and proceeded to start.  I took my awl and punctured 10 holes.  With my needles loaded with #207 black thread I start stitching away from me. 

Friday, June 10, 2011

Gluing the Liner

I take a 2oz veg tan leather strip that I purchase from Hidecrafter's in Fort Worth, Tx.  I coat both the belt and liner straps with contact cement.  I then allow them to dry before I join the together.  How do I know if the glue is 'dry?'  When I apply the glue it has a 'wet' look.  When the shining or 'wet' is gone I know it is dry.  If you want to add strenght, apply a second coat of glue and allow it to dry before joining your pieces.  The second process works well when you have to wet your leather completely for moulding.

Geometric Belt Dyed

For this belt, I took Fiebing's Chocolate dye and with a piece of trimmed sheeps wool, I covered the entire belt and belt keeper.  Now since I am going to line this belt, I did not dyed the inside of the belt.  Once the dyed has a good time to dry, I took a clean piece of wool and lightly buffed the belt to remove any residue dye particles.

Installing Zipper

I have scoped the area where I will be installing a heavy duty zipper on the portion of the gusset that the user will be able to access the inside of the skate bag.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Geometric Stamped Belt

I started and finished a belt for a friend in Virginia.  After playing with some geometric stamps, I decided to go with my shell and sunburst tools from Barry King Tool collection.  The decision maker came from my Q&A section.  I will be dyeing thid project using the Fiebing's Chocolate after a little oil.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

New T-shirts!

After much delay, I have decided on a T-shirt to represent my Leatherworker.  A limit number will be available if anyone is interested.   I decided to go with a cotton spun, lightweight and soft T-shirt for the summer months. The skull marker has been selected for the front breast and the back has my original maker's mark with my special saying.  Tell me what you think.