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.

More Swivel Knives

Here are some of my prized swivels.  (L to R) Chuck Smith collection, HD and my Paul Burnett.   The top one is a swivel knife pen and the bottom is a 2011 Kyoshee Ellen.  As I get the others out if storage, I will post a picture.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Prototype Wallet Completed

I finished the wallet by sewing up the pieces and completing the edge work.  I did quite a few things and I will be taking this wallet design back to the drawing board to tweak it some more.  Into the prototype box under my tooling bench this goes.  Have a great weekend!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Progressing with the Prototype

I have glued the cards areas and prepared the for sewing.  I marked the border from the edge and used my modified chisel to make my sewing holes.  I ended up using a simple 3 cord natural unwaxed nylon thread for this project.

New Wallet Prototype

I had this idea of a new front pocket wallet for everyday use.  I wanted something that had a higher capacity than my weekend wallet, but not too bulky like a regular wallet.  This one will be able to carry a max of 10 cards.  The money situation has been is not under consideration right now though I have some ideas.  Baby steps for now.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Coin Case Prototype Done

Well, another project is done.  This is a coin case design that I was working on.  Everything was glue together and edges were completed. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Snap Set & Glue Applied

I applied one coat of contact cement to the perimeter of the all pieces.  When the glue became tacky, I set the line 20 snaps to the inner parts so no metal show on the exterior when closed.  I then applied another coat of contact cement to the perimeter.  I applied two coats because this is a prototype so there will be no stitching.  Because of this, the project will need to be held together with glue.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Coin Case Prototype

I am working on a coin case design.  We do not use many coins around here, so I had to do some Google research.  I found a few designs and picked what I like about each one.  Here is the start of my test design.   As I was starting to put it together,  I am already noticing changes that I will have to make to the final design. Still tweaking it!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Swivel Knifes Galore

Here is but just a portion of my swivel knife collection.  Most of them are are just for my collection though all with blades are sharp and ready for use, if needed.  My collection continues to grow a bit at a time.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

New (old) Swivel Knife

I got a this delivered to me this morning by a leather guild member.  This member knew that I collect swivel knives and we had been discussing the fact that I had not succeeded in getting a 50th Anniv. Craftool swivel knife.  Unknown to me, this member had several in his collection and offered me one.  Since he refused payment, I decided to carve him a belt as a 'thank you' and he accepted.  Thanks Dennis!

Friday, September 2, 2011

New Gift from Big Papa Leather

I went to visit a leather shop today to visit a friend.  It is always good to visit a local artist like Mr. Allen.   After a long visit and lunch, I was given a gift.  This is a BP Leather custom I.D. card that was made using tan Hippo.  The texture is beautiful and soft.  Let's see if I can keep this without having it jacked at work.