Sunday, September 23, 2007

Well, that was interesting

I'm still working on getting the right technique for working with the new Tandy stains, but so far I've gotten to the point where even if the piece doesn't turn out exactly like I expected I still get a good end effect.

The tooling design here is adapted from a belt design from Al Stohlman and is done in silhouette carving. The stain color is raisin mahogany and I really love the way it worked with the carving. I still haven't worked out how to get a good solid color on an entire piece yet but I like the fade in effect I ended up with here.

This one features something a bit different I came up with the tooling pattern myself. It's a doodle I did during a long meeting for work and it turned out nicely with the inverted carving. The stain color is dusty pink, and it is much pinker than I expected, i was thinking it would be more of a rose color. At any rate it turned out well, although I think next time I do something like this that I'll do a resist on the leaves and maybe the flower.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Yeah, I've been slacking off

It has been a while hasn't it? Does it make it any better if I say I've been busy? I has the craft show last month, then went on the road for a week with my day job, and then I've had a bunch of sales in my Etsy shop so I've been trying to get more stuff made. I've also been working on some new things, including wallets and checkbook covers. I'll try to do a more detailed post tomorrow on some of my new tooled pieces, but here are a few of the new things I've been working on.

Red top grain cowhide embellished with lines of stitching with silk embroidery floss and rhinestone spots.

Teal nubuck leather card case decorated with lines of black silk embroidery. This is the first one I did with just embroidery as an embellishment and I really like the effect. I'm working on making some with more intricate embroidered designs.

My first wallet. It worked out pretty well, but I'm not happy with the interior. I need to work out how to get the sewing machine set the right way to sew the interiors together so I've ordered some pre-made interiors for the tooled wallets that I want to make.