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.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!