How To Do Leather Craft
Leather craft is the act of creating art using leather with a combination of techniques. Many people around the world have taken to leather crafting as a hobby or as a business and have found it to be extremely satisfying, as well as rewarding.
If you want to learn how to craft in leather, you have come to the right place to get started. This is meant as a quick introduction - to really learn and practice leather techniques, classes are often offered at leather stores. There may be a leather club in your area too - a great place to meet other leather crafters. Of course there are good books and videos available also. In this article, we will talk about dying, stamping, and carving leather to create a work of art.
If you are looking to add some distinct imprints to your leather craft, stamping is one of the ways you can do this. There are stamps, which come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. These can be used to make imprints onto the leather. In most cases, to get a lasting imprint on the leather, here are some of the supplies you will need:
• Stamps – In your choice of designs
• Water & sponge
First, you will want to dampen the leather with some water with a wet sponge. How wet? The leather will darken as it gets wet. A good rule is when the leather is cool to the touch, it is wet enough. Wetting creates a softer leather and allows for an easier impression by the stamp.
Next, using the mallet, strike your stamp while it is placed on the leather. Allow your stamped leather to dry.
If you are looking to make other images out of leather, such as 3-D designs and so on, you might want to use the technique called leather carving. This is usually done using a metal tool, such as background, cam, seeder, pear shader, beveler, veiner, or swivel knife. You might also use carving tools that punch holes into the leather.
You can carve almost any design you would like into the leather. The choice is yours, all you really need is your imagination and the right tools, you are then on your way. There is a huge variety of patterns commercially available too.
Leather crafting has become one of the most popular hobbies of today because it can be useful and enjoyable. You can create almost any product. For example, gun holsters, belts, cantanas, wallets, saddlebags, satchels and so much more.
Leather can be dyed to make a variety of different colors. You can choose the colors and can even create them yourself. However, to make things easier for you, you can also by premixed leather dye from your local hobby shops or leather providers. Dyeing leather is generally done by using dyes that are mixed with alcohol or spirits. The reason alcohol is used is because the leather can absorb it much quicker, making sure the color stays adequately.
There are a variety of stains available as well, such as antiquing or highlighters, which give certain areas of your pattern more definition. Some people choose to use alternatives such as oils or even shoe polish. Shoe polish actually has two different purposes. First, it will serve as a good dye and it will help preserve the leather, which means it will last longer. Oils also work to preserve the leather, however it is important to understand that oils also tend to make the leather darker at the same time.
Leather Craft Recap
As a recap are some tools that you might need to get started in your leather craft hobby.
• Dyes – Alcohol or spirit based works the best
• Oils or shoe polish – for dyeing and preserving the leather
• Background Tool
• Cam Tool
• Pear Shader
• Swivel Knife
• Mallet - Wooden or Rawhide works best
• Stamps – Any variety
• Fats – if desired for waterproofing
• Leather – Remember certain leather works best with certain techniques
After you have the right tools and essentials, you are ready to get started on your new hobby. Enjoy creating timeless pieces and treasures that will last for many years to come.
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