Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I'm relatively happy with the end effect, the paint turned out to be much more of a purple burgundy than I expected, but I like the end effect. (It's my own fault, I had this mental image of what the color should be rather than looking at the sample the store had.) The dye, as usual, ended up being uneven and I'm still not sure if I want to go in and do touch ups. I expect it would help if i wasn't so impatient, by the time I get to this stage I really don't want to mess around with multiple light coats of dye so I guess I just need to learn to love the effect the uneven dyeing creates.
Sunday, September 06, 2009
I've done a couple custom belts but this will be the first pre-made one in my shop. I'm really happy with how it turned out and I love that buckle. It's funny I put the buckle on just for the photograph but it looks so nice I'm going to keep them together. Next step will to work on more belts so this guy isn't lonely when I list him.
Then it is on to making some test run bags, a messenger style one and a small purse that I want to have done before going on vacation in December. That way I can try them out and make sure they work before I start making them to sell.
Saturday, September 05, 2009
I finished to tooling on the tendril journal a couple days ago and went over it last night to even out the tooling. The next step is dyeing, and I applied the first coat of dye this afternoon. Depending on how it looks when that first coat dries I may need to do another coat. Once all of that is done I will paint the tooled area. I'll definitely be sure to get a picture after all that done.
Monday, August 17, 2009
One of the things that really worked at the show was the display rack E made for the cuffs:
The baskets worked well for everything except the key fobs, they really needed to be out and visible so E is working out a display for them too. It will be similar to the cuff rack but will have hooks to hand the fobs.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Overall I think I'm ready, but there's always that little chunk of my brain which is worried about something getting forgotten. I just have to keep telling myself that it's all going to plan and to stop panicking. One thing I'm a bit disappointed about is that I didn't get as many pieces made as I had hoped. I did get a lot of smaller pieces, like cuffs and key fobs, done and maybe hopefully I'll be able to have more done for the next one. E was also nice enough to take my rambling ideas and gestures and translate them into a display for the cuffs. I put the camera in with everything so I definitely get pictures of the set up and post them. It may not be until Sunday though, I'm guessing I'm going to just collapse in a heap when I get home tomorrow.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Thursday, June 04, 2009
I really like the way this one turned out, the black strap on the blue is a very striking combination. I just love this little stamp too.
It's hard to tell with the strap the way the strap lays when it is buckled but the cuff is put together so that the stamped cubes alternate creating a checkerboard-like design.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
And here it is with the design cut. About midway through I really started to wonder if doing it in silhouette carving is the best way to go. (Coincidentally that was also about the same point my hand started cramping and I started to wonder what I was thinking when I chose this design. All of these things may or may not be connected.) If I change directions then I'll do somewhat traditional tooling and have the tendrils stand out and background the. . .well the background of the design. I'm going to let it sit a day or two and decide then.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
This is the beginning of my newest large project, the next step will be to cut the design and start tooling. (Well, after I go back and put the remaining bit of the design in on the lower right corner.) The current plan is to do silhouette carving for the tooling, dye the main part of the cover green and paint the tooled section in burgundy. Now that I have it transferred to the leather I'm wondering if it's going to turn into one of those "what was I thinking" sort of pieces.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
It looks pretty innocuous, doesn't it? Just a bi-fold wallet with ginkgo leaves. Looks can be deceiving though, this ended up being a Murphy's law project, almost everything that could go wrong did. Here are the steps the project went through:
1. Get request. Establish that the customer wants same design and colors as the ginkgo checkbook cover in shop, ID pocket on the back of the wallet, tooling on the front and the interior of the interior should have a coin purse.
2. Get sick.
3. Begin to look for ID card pocket from suppliers. Determine I can get them but they won't work for this piece so I figure out how to make my own.
4. Go to get pre-assembled wallet interior, discover that Tandy no longer carries them and doesn't even have them in of their kits so I can't scavenge one. Manager at local Tandy can't find any in the system.
5. Give customer update and then begin digging through my books to see if I can figure out how to make a coin purse. I find some possible options.
6. Spend a couple of weeks tinkering to see what is going to work to make a coin purse for wallet interior.
7. Tool, paint, stain and seal wallet exterior. Realize I'm going to have to figure out a different way to attach closure strap.
8. Sew ID pocket on and put wallet interior together.
9. Get closure strap in, line wallet, get interior in and ready to sew together. . .and realize closure strap is not long enough.
10. Pull old closure strap out.
11. Make new closure strap and then reassemble wallet pieces.
12. Finally sew wallet together.
All in all it took me almost 2 months to make what seemed like a pretty straight forward piece. The up side is that I figured out how to do a few new things. The down side is I figured out ways to do some things better as I was sewing the wallet together.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
At any rate, I had some family stuff come up and then went on vacation and I've been trying to get back on track since then. I did manage to get the small bag with the embroidered strips done but i need to re-work the design so no pictures of it yet. I have some custom pieces I've been working on and new wide stamped cuffs so hopefully I can get back to posting pictures of new stuff soon.
I'm on Twitter now too (link to the right) I'm not sure how much better I'll be to posting there but it seems to fit better with my random thought patterns.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
This is the end result of one of my projects this weekend. Some time ago I had bought some chunks of beeswax with the idea that I could melt it and make it into small cakes that I could use for my hand sewing and that E and A could use for waxing bow strings. Well I never got around to doing it until now. After getting some advice on the Etsy forums I broke the beeswax into smaller chunks, melted it in a quart jar in a pot of boiling water and poured it into a silicon mini muffin tin to make the cakes. It was a bit messy but worked out well. I ended up with a couple dozen little cakes of beeswax which is probably going to be enough to last me for the rest of my life with plenty to spare.
Friday, January 16, 2009
My personal collection o' cuffs. I'll probably end up adding to it, I love cuffs and bracelets. The black one with the spots was originally intended for the shop but I liked it so much that I kept it.
I made this case for when we travel, it's great for clipping on the outside of my carry on to keep my ID handy. When we are in Vegas I have it clipped to the strap on my purse and it's an excellent place to keep my player's club cards and a little bit of cash tips.