Friday, September 28, 2012

Still Designing the Cover.....

I wanted to share this photograph from the wedding. Right next to the parking lot, there was a herd of Longhorn cattle. This one was using that tree to scratch his horns. It must have had one heck of an itch! Okay, back to the photo album.
You'll notice that I drew a big 'X' on what would be the back of the album. I was just going to put my maker's mark and leave the rest blank. Kinda simple. As I thought more about it, I was thinking that the back needed a cool design like the front. The problem, I was running out of time and needed something quick.
I looked through my pattern books and found this Chan Geer floral cross that would fit in the space nicely. I also thought the general design was fitting for the occasion. Once I copied the cross design centered on the vellum, I taped and cased my leather to start the carving and stamping process. Next....embossing the rings!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Wedding Gift

A dear coworker and fellow artist asked me to the design and create a special wedding album for her only child. It was a beautiful gathering of family and friends and I was honored to be asked to make this personalized gift. After getting some basic information, I started thinking of a layout for this project. Once I had an idea what I wanted, I put pencil to paper or in this case......Vellum.
I had decided that I wanted to emboss the rings to elevate the interlink. There is always a question as to whether you should invert or raise your lettering. I say do as I do and that is to flip a coin! Plus with the embossing of the rings, raising the letter would show different levels of effect.

Monday, September 24, 2012

New Babies for my Collection

Here are some new swivel knives that were recently added to my collection.  The top one is a custom Clay Miller swivel knife.  The barrel is a custom cut.

The one on the left is a Robb Barr multi purpose knife used primarily for embossing projects.

The one in the middle was a gift and probably the smallest swivel knife I own.  It is a Leather Wrangler's SK-3.

Finally, the one on the right is a Henley swivel knife.