Step 1: Measure your plant pot using a ruler or string starting at one edge and going underneath the pot to the opposite edge.
Step 2: Using the wooden strap cutter, cut two straps measuring 3/4″ wide and trim to the length you measured on your pot (ours is 11″). Cut two straps 5/16″ wide x 32″ long. You can make these longer or shorter based on how low you want your pot to hang.
Clip or round the corners of the 3/4″ straps if desired using a knife or round strap end punch. The straps can also be left as is. Using the 5/16″ punch, punch a hole at each end of the 3/4″ straps. *Pro-tip: if you want your plant hanger to have more of a polished look vs. rustic, use some water and a canvas cloth to slick the edges.
Step 4: Using the 3/32″ punch, punch a hole in the center of each of the 3/4″ straps. These will be the rivet holes.
Step 5: Criss-cross the two 3/4″ straps at a right angle and set using a double cap rivet and rivet setter.
Step 6: Thread one end of one of the 5/16″ pieces of lace through one of the holes on the 3/4″ strap and tie a knot on the outside (smooth side of the leather). Tie the other end on the opposite end of the same strap. Repeat with the other piece of lace.
Step 7: Slide a brass ring over the top of the laces to keep the lace together. This will help keep the laces together when hanging. Slide the leather holder under your pot, and it’s ready to hang up!
This works for a variety of sizes and shapes of pots!
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In today’s video, Chuck is back with some more shop tricks and tips. Chuck goes over how to fix a metallic patina on your leather after dyeing, lengthening the life of your punch tubes, and matching up your groove lines on a project. Another tip is how to space out conchos and spots on a strap so they are all spaced evenly. We hope this information is helpful in your day-to-day work in the shop!
Expert leather crafter Chuck Dorsett suggests three basic weight groups for your projects.
Leather weight – 8 to 9 oz., 1/8” or 3.5mm is standard belt weight
Leather weight – 4 to 5 oz., 1/16” or 1.5mm to 2mm is standard pouch weight
Leather weight – 1 to 2 oz. through 2 to 3 oz., 1/32” or 1mm. For chrome tan leather, it is the standard garment weight leather. For veg tan leather, it is the standard liner weight leather.
8 to 9 oz., 1/8” or 3.5mm is standard belt weight
It has plenty of depth to stamp and tool.
It is great for belts, holsters, laptop bags, saddlebags and the sky is the limit for project ideas.
It is a durable leather weight but it will not mold as well as a lighter weight leather.
4 to 5 oz., 1/16” or 1.5 mm to 2 mm is standard pouch weight
This weight provides beautiful molding and forming capabilities and the ability to make corners and molded designs.
Great for pouches, cuffs, mystery braid cuffs, masks, traditional scabbards and purses.
1 to 2 oz. through 2 to 3 oz., 1/32” or 1 mm
For chrome tan leather, it is the standard garment weight leather.
For veg tan leather, it is the standard liner weight leather.
Veg tanned leather will produce a great mold at this weight but it is not going to have a lot of body and thickness at this lighter weight.
Great for tassels, 4 strand keychains, arm guards, liners and molding leather.
Important info about lining leather:
When you have beautiful pieces of leather at this smaller 1 – 3 oz. weight and you want to make a project that requires a thicker leather (like a purse or holster), you can line that leather by using contact cement and adding another piece of leather. The resulting leather will look, feel and react as one piece of thicker leather.
Just remember that when lining leathers, you can take just about any leather weight and bump that up to make a heavier weight.
While learning how to work with leather weights you are going to mess up a project now and then. Just remember it is a learning process and will teach you about proper weights for different types of leather projects.