Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Fun, new and interesting

I made it back from my weekend trip OK, although I wondered a bit with the heat. The craft show went OK according to A, we had some sales at least and I think it was enough to pay for the show fee. Now that all of that is done I can get back into making things and I'm really excited about some of the projects I have planned. One of them, thanks to a suggestion from another seller on Etsy, is to try to make full sized wallets. I think I have a plan and a pattern worked out for those, the next step will be to get the leather for the interior and do a trial run. The other is iPod, and possibly iPod Nano, cases. I've been trying to work on this one for a bit now and I haven't had a huge amount of luck with getting a workable pattern, but I see Tandy has kits for both now so I'm looking at getting one just to see what they came up with and maybe it'll help me sort out my pattern. I also have ideas for embellishing the garment leather card cases I make and maybe working on some bags.

Something else I'm quite excited about is that Tandy is coming out with a new line of dyes, paints, finishes and stains. For one they are supposed to be more environmentally friendly which I like, but the most exciting thing is that one product appears to work somewhat like the antique stains I use now, but comes in more colors so I'm not stuck with the same old browns and blacks I've been using. I'm planning on getting some to try after payday so there will probably be many experimental projects to post pictures of and I may talk about my impressions of these new stains too.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Monogramed card case

I was asked to do a monogrammed card case and this is almost, but not quite, the end result. his picture is about mid-way through the process, but it is a nice shot of the monogram itself, plus I didn't remember to get a picture of the finished piece before I mailed it off. The monogram itself is done in Lombardic capitals, tooled and then painted with metallic pewter paint while the rest of the piece is dyed black. I had to laugh at myself while I was getting ready to start the tooling, I didn't like any of the common alphabet styles for the monogram so I ended up looking through The Art of Calligraphy by David Harris trying to find something I liked. I think the moral there is that you shouldn't ask someone who dabbled in calligraphy to monogram something because you never know what you'll get.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Yes, I know

I'm getting behind on updates and I'm haven't tagged anyone yet. I have to admit that the latter is because I hate to impose on anyone that way especially people I don't feel like I know really well. I still haven't managed to get over things like that.

On the updates I'm in the middle of getting a commissioned piece done so everything else had been put on hold for a bit. After this is done (and I will post pictures) then I need to get going on making a bunch of lanyards since A agreed to having them with the jewelry for out little business, and I only have 7 made with the first show in a couple of weeks. Yeah, it's somewhat poor planning on my part, but I figure I can really hit it over the next few weeks and get a few more made and then work on getting even more made for the August show. I have got to work on managing my time better, I've gotten back into doing leather work to the extent I keep ignoring working on lanyards.