Thursday, March 29, 2012
I had to make a handle for this bag. I referred to the Al Stohlman's 'Bag' volumes for some help. I found this handle pattern to be quite simple to make. The pattern called for skiving down certain parts of the leather so it will fold a lot easier during the final construction.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The reason that I wanted the application of dye as a separate post was because I learned a few things with this color. The things that occurred in this project did not occur with the black. So here we go!
Monday, March 19, 2012
Well, the stamping has been completed. I allowed the main body piece to dry overnight. Since I was going to be using a new dye product for me, I did not oil the project. I played with the leather a bit after it sat overnight and it appear pretty supple with no dry out spots. Archived Post). The dye that was used was the Professional Water Stain in black. For this project, I decided to choose a color that would really make this project stand out and look classy. I decided on the color Bordeaux for this project. The coloring of this project will be in separate posts because I want to point out some interesting things during the dyeing process.
Friday, March 16, 2012
I decided that I was going to try a double beaded border for this project, so I took the glass off the leather and allowed it to return to its natural color. I decided to stamp this project using a weave pattern using my Gomph-Hackbarth "Carlos" stamping tool. This tool resembles an hour glass shape. After laying out my lines, I used my Barry King beader blade to cut the lines. I did cheat and use a ruler for the straight lines. I stopped short of the corners and cut them free hand them after cutting the straight lines. I then beveled the lines being careful not to crush the beader that I created. After I beveled the lines and corners, I took my modeling spoon and ran it over the beader part to give it a roundness effect as its final shape. Wayne's tutorial at www.leatherbyWC.com. After completing the weaving pattern with the 'Carlos' tool, I stamped the exterior ring using a medium border tool by Hide Crafter's. On the inside border, I used my Barry King 'Seashell' tool to create the "V" shape border. I then used my 'Seashell Filler' tool to create the fill in work.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
So, after forming the end caps and allowing them to dry overnight. I saw something a leather book recently that I thought I would try in this project. I took some strips of thin 4oz leather and cut them to about 3/4" wide. I took these strips and glued one side to the end cap. Repeat for the second cap. You will see that I didn't glue it entirely around the cap. I actually cut approximately a third of the roundness off each end cap. This will allow you to insert and remove the wine bottle during use. I hope this becomes self explanatory in later threads/photos.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
In this posting, I have taken my cut circles and will mold them using a vegetable can. To prevent any metal transfer or discoloration, i have sprayed the can ends with lacquer. I took my leather circles and submerged them into warm water and left them there until the bubbles stopped coming from the leather.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
As most of my followers are aware, I have been on a wine bottle carrier project binge. This project will complete that this ride. In this project, I wanted to make a real stylish and beautiful carrier while keeping the design lines clean so I decided to go the geometric way. I promised to show some step by steps for this project for a couple of guild members who decided to try and make one themselves. So here we go.....
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
I know that this post was supposed to be only about practicing with your swivel knife, but I just had to take it a step further. I normally do this on all of my project anyways. When I should stop, I take it up a notch or two depending how I feel at the time. So here is my notch or two.......
Friday, March 2, 2012
As you practice your swivel knife cuts in this tutorial, remember to start your cuts heavy and fade it out at the end to a light cut. I get asked quite a bit how deep should someone cut. I can tell you how I was taught to use my swivel knife. When I first started in leather craft, I did the typical "rookie" errors. One of them was not cutting deep enough into the leather. I later learned that you should cut at least half way through the leather of the project you are working on. This will give you better depth later on when you tooled the project. The reason for feathering your cuts is to help with definition and transition of each object in your design. All I have to say is just try something different than what you are used to doing or what you are currently doing.