Monday, November 26, 2012

Beveling the Fish & Adding Accents

Take your beveler and carefully bevel around the fish as outlined in red in the instructional picture shown here.
j Remember to be careful in small and tight areas around the fish. If you are nervous or do not feel confident with your beveler. There are two options available to you. One you can practice with your beveler of choice until you become more proficient OR you can take the easy way out and deploy your modeling spoon. Just remember to take your time.
With your modeling, create some sidelines on your rocks to give it a roundness effect. Also, use the modeling spoon to complete the extensions of your cut lines. These are identified as dotted lines in your pattern as originally marked on your leather piece.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

And the Beveling Begins

With a medium size beveler and bevel around the rocks as shown in the directional picture. When you are done take a large figure beveler and bevel from the your previous line away from the rocks. This type of beveling will provide you a 3D effect. Note: If you choose a checkered beveler initially.......make sure to deploy the same type with your figure beveler.
As an added effect, you can take an embossing tool and raise the rocks upward from the back. Make sure to 're-wet the rock areas and allow it to penetrate the leather fibers before attempting any embossing.
Do the same beveling to the water stocks shown in the pictorial picture here. Also, cut the 3 lines to the right of the fish that will become a plant later. Don't worry!
You can also emboss the stocks with some care. If you feel a bit nervous.....do as I do.......Just Do !

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Start Your Swivel Knives......

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.
Take your swivel knife and cut all of the lines you see in the pictures. DO NOT CUT THE SWIRLS OF THE WATER. Make sure not to cut intersecting lines or cut up to where two lines will meet. Once you are done, take your hair blade OR swivel knife and cut the gill stems as depicted in the examples. Make sure to keep the lines cut in accordance with the curve of the gills.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Veteran's Day!

Thanks to my Facebook friend Anne Newkold for doing such a great job on this leather project. You can see that she put all of her heart and skills into such a fine piece of work! Check out more of her work at Newkold's Leather Emporium Thanks Anne! Your friend and vet; 24th Infantry Division, '86-'94

Friday, November 9, 2012

Transfer the Pattern

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

A Fish Tale......

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.
If you would like to make this project continue reading and take a look at the pattern attached below.
You will need the following tools to begin the project. 4/5 or 5/6 oz leather (5.5" high x 7.5" wide) * Stylus * Swivel Knife * Hair Blade.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Assembling the New Clicker

I started by attaching the cross support legs to the posts. I propped the legs up against the wall since this was a one man operation.
I then assembled the lower end plate and bar. It is adjustable so it can be moved as I need it. This will hold the posts up so I could complete the rest of the assembly. It also helped that I put it where it will be stationed for use.
I added the heavy top bar and springs to the unit.
Finally, I attached the upper bar and support to complete the assembly of this project. Oh wait, I screwed something up! By now, you will see that I installed the lower support feet incorrectly. I removed them and installed them as instructed and showed in the first picture at the start of this project. To prepare this beast for production, I purchased a professional cutting board from Tandy Leather Factory so it will protect my cutting dies during use. On to the next project.........