In this weeks’ video, Chuck gives some helpful hints on how to cut a straight edge onto a hide and then cutting straight straps from there. Chuck also shows how to cut soft, thin leather without getting a “rippled” cut.
In this week’s The Leather Element video, Chuck makes a fun pumpkin mouse pad. The face of the mousepad is carved, tooled and painted and then a suede backer is added to keep the mousepad in place. The carved pumpkin can also be used as fall decor. The dye ratio for the orange color is 4 yellow to 1 red Fiebing’s Pro Dye Chuck uses a swivel knife and a beveler to carve and tool the pumpkin and the leaves. Shop Swivel Knives Beveler Tracing Film Angelus Paint Fiebing’s Pro Dye
Making a mask for a costume is an easy project to make out of leather! Chuck shows some simple ways to get patterns that can then be transferred onto leather, wet formed and adding a variety of decorations. The possibilities are endless! There are still a few weeks before Halloween if you’re still trying to figure out your costume.
Leather toggles are a great alternative to traditional hardware closures. Watch the video as Chuck demonstrates how you can make your own! The preferred leather weight for making toggles is a 2/3 or 3/4 oz. The only other materials you will need are a knife, straight edge, and some glue.