Updated: May 24, 2020
Ever wonder how leather workers hand-craft things?
I can show you how simple it is.
Not easy - but simple.
All you need is just lot of patience and a little bit of skills......not a lot
I do every step by hands and here's how,
1. Create a pattern
2. Cut leather
4. Hand sew
5. Polish sides
1. Create Pattern
Create pattern by cutting out all the parts I need.
I cut my pattern out with thick craft paper.
(There are prepared craft pattern paper available but I creating my own so I am not limited)
2. Cutting Leather
I use whole sides so I need to cut the pieces out using paper pattern.
There are several different dyes and colourings I use...
I use air spray for dyeing
(Dye is the foundation colour of the product)
I use Olive oil for all my leather products (I find it the best!)
Oil keeps leather soft
Acrylic colour for painting (Paint emphasises the design, I only paint when there is carving)
Then a water proof coating (Important for protection)
I use any craft glue for binding
Set over night...
I punch holes using diamond chisels
I use waxed cotton for thread and round tip needles
The technique is called Saddle Stitching
Technically called burnishing
Basically finishing the rough cut edge to mirror-finish
Sand paper and Edge polish gum is all I use for prep,
Then I use tea towel for polishing (Gently rub until its is mirroring - takes a while)
This is the moment the artwork comes all together and it is exciting!
This is all I do,
Unless I am carving something, which is another skill.
Leather crafting can be a very simple and fun hobby.
Recommend for those who have patience.
You may get hooked and possible could change your life a little bit...
----------------Like mine did.