Hello all.....sorry for the short delay in the blog postings, but life got into the way of my craft for a short bit. In today's blog posting, I will be discussing a simple picture mat made out of thin leather. I actually have a few of these at the ready because they make great gifts plus they are fun! Your design can be as simple as leather and lettering or detailed. It all depends on what look you are trying to achieve.
The design for this mat, I surfed the internet and found this pattern being offered on a specific site. I chose a piece of veg tanned leather weighing in at about 3 ounces.
After transferring the print out onto tracing paper, I took the pattern and transferred it to a moist piece of leather. Due to the weight, I applied some packaging tape to the flesh side to make sure I reduced any stretching during the tooling.
After completing the tooling and basket stamping, I finalized all of the finish cuts to the leather before proceeding.
Once all of the steps have been completed, I cut out the center where the photograph can be centered. For the finished, I applied a light coat of oil. The patina that will come to this piece of leather will look awesome.
Note: I didn't cover the tooling steps because they have been repeated over many blog posts. Like I mentioned earlier in this post, the design for these simple picture mats can be anything you like. Use these smaller projects to help you become more proficient with your tools and tooling skills.
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King's X Custom Leather