The Leather Element: Re-purposing Leather Thrift Store Finds

Have an old leather belt or bag and you’re not sure what to do with it? In this video, Chuck explains how you can re-purpose the hardware and you can even use these items as patterns for new leathercraft projects!

2 Replies to “The Leather Element: Re-purposing Leather Thrift Store Finds”

  1. Just a couple questions from this great idea video.
    “We know how to pop out rivets.” Is there another way to remove rivets other than drilling out the shaft?

    How do we strip the top coat from a finished piece made of leather?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Jim,
      Thank you for your comment! To remove a top coat from a piece of leather we recommend using Fiebing’s Deglazer, you can find it here: https://www.weaverleathersupply.com/catalog/item-detail/50-1938/fiebings-deglazer-4-oz-/pr_46452
      As far as the rivets go, drilling them out is the best way to go because you won’t run the risk of scratching or gouging the leather, however, depending on the rivet you used you can go on the flesh side of the leather and try grinding off the end of the rivet, use snips to cut it off, or use a jewelers saw.
      Hope this helps!

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