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Tool Roll-Up Case
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Cord Wranglers
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Passport Cover
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  What you need to know about leather work
Posted by: Rick - 01-12-2017, 03:24 PM - Forum: Getting Started with Leather Work - No Replies

A Beginner’s Guide to Leather Working

Leather working or leather craft is art of making things out of leather. Wallets, belts, shoes, hand bags, and jackets are some of the items made from leather. Like any piece of art, it requires a great deal of skills and mastery to make leather items. But these skills are not hard to learn. Anyone who wants to learn leather working as a hobby or to pursue it as a serious profession may find many useful leather work tutorials online. Getting started with leather work is not as difficult as it appears to be.

The first thing you would learn in any leather work guide is about the tools and raw material required for the leather craft. The most important raw material for leather working is the leather. What type of leather you may require depends upon the project you want to undertake. For example, if you want to copy the designs from the Nordic or the Native American culture, the leather from deerskin or elk skin would serve the purpose best as those cultures used the same material. One can easily find the raw material online from companies that deal solely in leather or other portals (virtual markets).
To make leather items, one also needs threads and adhesives. There are many options to choose from when buying threads for leather working. There are synthetic threads as well as natural ones. Synthetic threads are durable and strong and it is easy to work with them. On the other hand, natural threads go with the tone of the leather but they tarnish easily. Regardless of the type of thread you are using, you need to wax the thread before making any leather item. You have options for adhesives as well. You can either use simple super glue or you can get the glues that are specific for crafting. There are even glues available in the markets that are made to work with leather specifically. The prices of specialized glues are comparatively higher for obvious reasons.

To keep the leather unstained, all the working on the leather need be done on a clean surface with not dirt or dust. Also the surface should be flat so the cutting of leather could be done in precise manner. Mostly, cutting mats are used by craftsmen for this purpose. It would be ideal if the cutting mat is separate from the dyeing and finishing mat. A metal ruler is also needed to cut the leather. The ruler helps in making sharp and clean cuts. Don’t forget to buy a knife as all leather crafting needs to be done with knife. There are specialized knifes for leather cutting available. Beginners prefer to use all-purpose utility knives because firstly they are cheap and secondly if their blade becomes blunt, they could easily be replaced. 
After cutting comes the stitching part. Needle is not the only tool that helps in sewing the leather. There is list of other tools that make the stitching of leather possible. First you would need a grooving tool to make scoops in the leather. It is in these scoops that the thread will go into. An overstitch wheel is defines the area where stitches would be placed.  A tool named awl is used to make small holes where stitches would be created. 
Edge bevelers are used to make clean and round edges of the items. Bevelers also remove the excess leather from the edges and give the items a finished look. They come in different shapes and sizes e.g. English. French and V gouge bevelers. Each beveler creates different style and gives different finishing to the product. If you need to make holes larger than those made by an awl, you will need punching tools that come in different shapes and sizes to make the kind of wholes you require. 

To make holes in leather is not an easy task, and sometimes you will need to make holes in the leather to make impressions of a stamp. Remember that the hammers used for this purpose are not the same used to strike on nails. A wooden or rubber mallet/maul is best to use for this as they do not pose any danger of tarnishing the leather.

Leather stamps are an interesting tool used to make impressions on the leather. They are hammered onto the leather to leave engrave a certain symbol or pattern on leather. There are number of options available in leather stamps varying from alphabets and numeric to flowers and symbols. Leather stamps could also be used to engrave initials on the item.

No matter how precise the cutting and how fine the sewing of the item is, the leather looks appealing only when it is dyed or undergoes the finishing procedure. Leather could be dyed using the dyes made for this specific purpose. Ordinary dies would ruin your product. Usually, the dyes for leather are oil based. After dyeing and drying comes the application of leather cream that makes the leather soft and keeps it protected. A final application of clear acrylic gives the leather a refined look, makes it water resistant and ensures the durability of the finished product.

Beginners can start from making simple leather items like knife sheath, belts, bracelets etc. Making shoes and bags from leather require a higher degree of expertise. As they say practice makes a man perfect, so all beginners have a hope to become seasoned craftsman one day.
Making a leather bracelet is simple of all and it requires very less leather. You can also utilize any old leather jacket to make a leather bracelet. You can find the patterns for bracelets online or you can bring in your creativity to make the bracelet. Leather belt is also a good project for beginners but require a little more work compared to leather bracelet. Making the holes into the belt and installing the buckle requires great attention. The holes punched in should be equally distanced and fall in the same line. To practice the basic skills of leather working like cutting leather, punching holes, sewing etc. these simple do it yourself projects prove to be effective. There are many books available written by experts on leather working which can guide you on how to perform a specific task. There are many online forums where expert give advice to the beginners. So in case of any query, you can consult these experts online.

Once you get hold on the leather crafting tools, you can make money out of your hobby as well by making these small items and selling them online. These leather items are also good idea for gifts. What could be a more precious gift then giving your loved ones a leather item made by you?

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  Book on learning leather braiding
Posted by: Rick - 01-07-2017, 07:10 PM - Forum: Braiding - No Replies

Just wondering does anyone know any recommended books for learning leather braiding?

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Lightbulb Tool Roll-Up Case
Posted by: Xyox - 01-06-2017, 03:38 AM - Forum: Basic Projects - No Replies

Tool Roll-Up Case

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We all have plenty of tools that need a home, leather crafting tools are an example. You could buy a case, but why not making one yourself. This simple project adds in a sewing machine if you're so inclined, but hand stitching is still a respectable way to go.

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Lightbulb Cord Wranglers
Posted by: Xyox - 01-06-2017, 03:22 AM - Forum: Basic Projects - No Replies

Cord Wranglers
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Keep your headphones, charging/syncing, and USB cables organized and under control with this simple taco-style leather cord wrangler.

Materials:
  • Leather trim sheets
  • Button stud closures
Tools:
  • 3 ½ inch circular vessel
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Leather punch

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Lightbulb Passport Cover
Posted by: Xyox - 01-06-2017, 02:55 AM - Forum: Basic Projects - No Replies

Passport Cover


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If you travel a lot or if you know someone who travels a lot, this is something for you. A nice handmade leather passport cover to keep your passport intact and in a good condition. This project uses leather glue, layout and cutting, and plenty of hand stitching.

Materials:
  • Leather
  • Waxed thread
  • Contact cement
  • Beeswax
Tools:
  • Knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal ruler
  • Stitch spacer
  • Leather awl
  • Leather needles

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  The Different Hardware for Leather Work
Posted by: Rick - 01-06-2017, 02:51 AM - Forum: Hardware and Accessories - No Replies

Hardware

- Buckles
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- Clips & Hocks
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- D Rings
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- O Rings
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- Handbag, Purse & Wallet fittings 
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- King Rings / Split Rings
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- Rocking horse fittings 
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  Sewing with leather
Posted by: Rick - 01-06-2017, 02:29 AM - Forum: Sewing Leather - No Replies

Sewing leather and fur do not differ too much from sewing other types of material its just the fur can tend to get in the way. The key to sewing leather is to always try your stitch on a piece of scrap before you start the actually sewing and then make sure you have your pattern accurate for the piece you will be sewing. The reason this is so crucial is that once you have stitched leather, if you make a mistake and need to undo the stitch, the leather will be weakened and you will be left with holes.

Stitching

Another tip is that depending on the thickness of the leather or fur, you want to lengthen your stitch to three or more. Obviously, the thicker the seam will be, the longer you need to make the length of the stitch. If you make your stitch too small, what happens is that the leather is punctured too close together, causing tears.

Another important tip is that you should always leave long threads at both the start and end of the seams so you can tie them off by hand. The only time you would use a backstitch is when the seam will be encased or crossed over by another seam. You can keep the seams together simply by placing a very small, strong in the seam allowance when sewing leather.

As you work with patterns, you will discover that leather garments have the same interfacing in the same locations just as you would find with other types of material. If you need to fuse your leather, an excellent product on the market called Leather Fuse is made specifically for leather. With this solution, the leather is fused quicker and at lower temperature settings, as not to damage the leather.

Now keep in mind that if you need to press an area of a pattern down, you can by using a small amount of steam. Since leather goes through a quality tanning process, there is no need to worry about shrinkage. Just be sure you place a brown paper press cloth in between the iron and the leather and never leave the iron sitting on the leather for very long...

Rest of the article is found here http://www.fibre2fashion.com/industry-ar...her?page=1

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  A Beginner's Guide to Leather Working
Posted by: Rick - 01-04-2017, 09:15 PM - Forum: Getting Started with Leather Work - No Replies

A Beginner's Guide to Leather Working

Have you ever wanted to get in to leather work? But don't know where to start, or what to buy? Well you have found the right place, here is the good news! Leather work is one of the most simplistic hobbies or business to get in too.

Here is some even more better news for you! With this beginners guide to leather work you will find everything you need to know and what to buy wherever it be leather or some tools.

HOW TO START LEATHER WORKING

PICK OUT A PROJECT
What I noticed when I first started leather crafting is to make something that you like or that you use everyday, this way you are making something you will most likely keep to remind you of you first actual leather product also to actually keep you motivated. Doing this will keep you focus on learning more is what I personally found out my self. I also noticed when starting leather work is to pick a project that is small to actually understand the tools and what each of them actually does.

LEARN THE SKILLS NEEDED
There are numerous of basic skills that are required in leather work and each project requires different skill sets. Some require cutting, some require edge finishing while others will require stitching. There are also some higher skills but you will learn them on your journey in leather work. Starting out in leather work you should always remember to start small projects and work your way up to bigger projects (You can find projects located here).

UNDERSTAND THE BASIC TOOLS
Your most probably at the point where you understand what tools are used for or you may have even started a project. You should really have the basic understanding of leather work now (you can find a guide here on information about the tools and what they are used for).

PURCHASE YOUR FIRST PIECE OF LEATHER
With so many different leathers to choose from it will be kind of hard on what to choose from when starting out in leather work. With an understanding of what project you’re going to make, the things you’ll want to look for are the different tanned, weight, temper and finish (you can find everything here on buying leather).

FIND THE RIGHT TOOLS TO PURCHASE
There are many places where you can buy tools from, you can even pick up starter kits for different types of projects, we also sell beginners kits here. Your mainly looking for quality products so finding the best place to purchase from can be tricky but all you need to know is the person your buying it from.

COMPLETE YOUR FIRST LEATHER WORKING PROJECT
Once you have finished your leather work project and you have recorded in writing or video we would be honored for you to post it here. 

(Note: This will be edited and updated at a later date)

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  We would love your feedback!
Posted by: Rick - 01-02-2017, 11:48 PM - Forum: Feedback and Suggestions - No Replies

We are on the look out for any feedback where ever it's good or bad, all feedback is appropriated. 

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  Announcement #1 Looking For People To Help LeatherCrafting.org
Posted by: Rick - 01-02-2017, 11:46 PM - Forum: News & Announcements - No Replies

We personally welcome you to Leather Crafting and thank you for taking your time to visit us!

With Leather Crafting not long to open up we are looking for people to help Leather Crafting to prosper!


Here are the following people we are looking for:

Global Moderators 
Global Moderator will help manage the forums basically be the Admins right hand man. The Global Moderators will help manage the forums and basically look after it along with Moderating the Moderators. 

Moderators
Moderators will help manage the forums basically be the Global Moderators right hand man helping to mange the forums.

Content Writers
 Leather Crafting is currently looking for people that are leather workers or can do research on the topic leather work and keep the blog update with useful content.

If you would like to take this position please contact me here

Lastly I would like to say hope you all had a lovely Christmas and brilliant New Year!

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