Monday, December 31, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
Okay. Here we go.....With this post, we will be finishing this project. Once you have embossed your fish, take your favorite cutting instrument. For the following features, I used my favorite scalpel.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
By now most of you have seen an animated picture that mirrors the real leather sample. I decided to post the animated picture to help my readers understand the objective of the posted step. Thanks for the feedback already received on this project. I cannot start the step with mentioned something that George Hurst taught me a long time ago. Before you deploy your swivel knife please run it (correctly) on your strop to remove any residue off the tip. If not, just imagine getting smacked by George if he catches you neglecting your knife.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Newkold's Leather Emporium Thanks Anne! Your friend and vet; 24th Infantry Division, '86-'94
Friday, November 9, 2012
You will need your favorite stylus or pencil to transfer the pattern below. If you have any trouble or issues, please let me know. Before beginning with this step, take a good look at the color (shade) of the leather you are using. This will be important in a few minutes. Okay, let’s start by applying water or your desired casing solution. I use tap water mixed with a few drops of dish washing liquid in a spray bottle. Make sure to apply the water evenly to the entire piece of leather. At this point, you only need to apply the water to the working surface (grain side). Set the piece of leather aside and allow it to return back to its natural color (the color or shade previously observed). To make sure that the leather is well prepared for cutting, place it against your cheek to feel if the leather is cool. If so, you are ready to begin. If not, apply a bit more moisture to the grain side. Special Note: Disregard any tool marks or other impressions found in the top right hand corner that you may see in the numbered photos.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
I am going to do something a bit different with the following posting. A step by step project for any of my readers that would like to attempt it. I first did this project with Master Leather Artist George Hurst of Fort Worth Texas.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
metal chop saw and made sure I was on the mark before I decided to cut the post. I repeated the same for the second post. Please make sure that both posts are matched in the final cutting height.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
1 1/8" stroke Sawzall and cut the post off. I also used some oil to ease the cutting process. Now, there is a smaller Sawzall with a 3/4" stroke that should work, but know that it make take a bit longer to cut the post. This piece will not be needed for this project.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Harbor Freight. Follow the posting to see how it turns out. Metal 4 U shop located in North Austin after I failed to find any scrap pieces that nobody wanted to give up even for a fee. I do believe I found my new hangout. The customer service was exceptional and the prices were pretty good. The dimension of these plates is 3/8" thick x 12" deep x 15" wide. I didn't expect these plates to be as heavy as they were until I had to carry them. So, I took a grinder to the edges to smooth them out, but the original cuts were not too bad. Once the plates were smooth and ready to rock, I purchased some flat black paint and sprayed the tops of the plate and edges. I also unpacked the 3 boxes that the hydralic seal press parts were delivered. At this point, I warn any potential makers to read the instructions on how this press is assembled. Most of the build will follow the instructions with a few deviations, so take your time.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Mr. Bob Park from Arizona that I wanted to give it a try with this interior. (Thanks to our family at Leather Wranglers for the bio information.) I started out by dressing the corners with a simple flower center. I then started by drawing out some semi-scrolls trying to keep them evenly spaced. Nothing too over bearing, but just a touch of class!