Sunday, August 15, 2010

Garment leather cuffs

Now that the August craft show is behind me I thought I'd share pictures of my newest pieces. Much like it took me forever to start doing tooled cuffs and belts I've just gotten around to making garment leather cuffs. There were a couple of reasons why, for one I had wanted to stick with mainly tooled pieces and there are a lot of people making garment leather cuffs and I felt they did it much better (and I didn't want to look like I was copying them). Then I came up with an idea to put brass filigree on leather cuffs and just couldn't figure out a way to attach the filigree to a tooling leather cuff that I was happy with so after a few failed attempts I admitted defeat and decided to try the idea on garment leather. After I had made that decision then my imagination ran away with me and I came up with all sorts of ideas to make cuffs using some of the odds and ends of hardware I've collected, so here I am with 4 done, 3 waiting to be sewn, and a bunch of strips of leather ready to be decorated and made into cuffs. (This is my main problem with my creative impulses, they tend to be on the obsessive side so I end up overdoing it.) So, for your viewing pleasure, here are the fruits of my recent creative impulses.

This was the first try at the brass stamping and filigree on leather and I was so happy with the result that I kept this one. The leather is from one of the leather sample sheets I have collected, the brass stamping and filigree I found on Etsy, it closes with two snaps and the cuff is lined with brown suede.

These two are the result of me playing around with some of the hardware I've collected. Again the leather is from sample sheets with the various hardware and straps riveted on with antique brass rivets and both cuffs close with antique brass buckles. These were a lot of fun to make, especially coming up with the way to use the lacing Ds.

This the second try at using filigree on leather. I love the look of the brass on the oxblood red leather but I'm not happy with the way the spots ended up, they were supposed to be graceful swirls and ended up pretty wonky. The upside is that I made them equally wonky so they match.

And finally this one made from a fantastic olive green deerskin I've had for a few years plus some fantastic vintage brass filigree I found on Etsy. There are four of the open rosettes spaced out across the cuff and it closed with an antique brass buckle.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What I've been doing. . .

Just a selection of pictures of the things I've been working on the last couple of months.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

iPod Touch Case

It's been a long stretch between posts again, hasn't it? I've been working at getting some of old projects I had laying around finished, plus we had vacation at the end of April, and on top of all that Scooter had a torn cornea which has lead to an emergency vet visit, a couple of surgeries and lots of stress for me. Amidst all of that I did get a few things made.

I realized about a week before we left for vacation that I had never found a case for my iPod Touch that I liked so I decided to make one. Initially it was going to be a simple case that I was going to get cranked out quickly but then I thought it needed to look a bit nicer, so I decided to do a little decorative stitching and then it just snowballed. . .

The case is black sheepskin, lined with dark blue deerskin split. I did the decorative stitching using some old embroidery thread that had belonged to Grandma. The brand name is Nun's Boilproof Thread and after looking around on the internet it appears to be quite old, so I'm not sure where Grandma might have gotten it, possibly a garage sale or maybe from my great-grandmother. Beyond a little bit of wobble on the side seams I'm very happy with how it turned out and I can see adding this type of case to my Etsy shop.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Tendrils journal cover, completed

Yes, I'm finally done with it, after what, like 6 months, maybe more? It took so long because I set it aside to work on other things and never picked it back up and the most embarrassing thing is I set it aside after I'd finished the tooling which is the most time consuming part. I'm happy with the way it turned out, even if a few things aren't quite like I imagined they would be.

The biggest thing that is different than I imagined is the color of the paint I used in the tooling. It is a much more purple burgundy than I expected, but that's my fault because I didn't actually look at the paint until I started using it. The green isn't as even or as dark as I would like, but I always struggle with that problem with blue and green dyes. The uneven dye makes it look a bit older and worn though which isn't a bad thing.

So, now it's on to the next big project, I've got a few ideas but not sure which way to go yet. In the meantime I am going to try to do some tutorials, definitely one on card cases and one on embroidering on leather (and similar materials). I also may try to document a project from the beginning. We'll see, hopefully I can stick with it and actually do that.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Belts and card cases, oh my!

I've mainly been working on a couple of custom pieces, an embroidered two pocket card case and a belt, and I got them done last week so here are some pictures:

The case is blue top grain leather with alternating stripes of light and medium blue embroidery done with silk floss. I got a bit silly and did the stripes on the two interior pockets as well. The case is lined with a lovely dark blue suede

The belt was made for a friend. It is 1 inch wide and stamped with a repeating diamond design that will make it easy to resize in the future.

I may try to do some little tutorial posts in the near fututure, maybe one on how I make card cases and another on doing embroidery on leather. I'm hoping that will get me to post more frequently. I am also trying to get the lattice journal, notebook cover and interlace card case sewn together so hopefully I'll have pictures of those to post soon as well.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Too many projects, so little time

I took some pictures before I got started working on stuff today and I thought I'd share them.

First up is the card case and notebook cover from my last post. They are stained and sealed, I just need to get them lined and put together.

And this is a shot of the current set of projects that I'm hoping to work on a bit today. On the left a belt and key fobs that need to be stained or dyed. On the right card cases and the tendrils journal, ready to be sewn and perched on top a belt that I need to finish stamping. In the back is garment leather that needs to be cut and made into card cases. Hopefully everything goes well today and I can at least get some of it done.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Current projects

These are a couple of my current projects, I got some pictures before I stained them and thought I'd share them here:

This is a notebook cover that I started before Christmas and I finally got around to working on it. The next steps will be staining and sealing it. I think I'll stain it saddle tan, but I haven't decided for sure.

This is a card case, and the stamp is a new one, I started playing around with it and got carried and here we are. The whole piece is done in the checkerboard and it will close with two straps that I also stamped to match. The next step on this one is to stain it, I'm thinking it needs to be a nice mahogany.