Another Penholder

12234875_10153183061352681_3231201097705620360_n11988671_10153183061382681_6779545218731248470_nMade from the scrap leftover leather from the clutch wallet. I do concede that the stitching could be a little neater, and it does get a little tight for most wide-bodied fountain pens (an Ohto or Pilot Decimo should be fine!), but all in all, the lustre of the leather and cork linings more than make up for the little silly human errors on this one. Goes to show how much more you can accomplish with a good starting point of a solid, quality piece of leather!
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Clutch Wallet

finished closed

finished open

finished back

To some extent this was my most ambitious project so far because of the potential for many mistakes, as well as the hours spent obsessing over the steps (for once I was actually spending more time on the procedural aspect of the item rather than the design!). But more significantly, I like this project because it was a way to push myself out of a malaise, and was a good way to benchmark my progress (especially regarding gussets: more on that later!) Continue reading Clutch Wallet

Edges: Finishing and Burnishing

A small amount of extra time spent on finishing edges can make quite a lot of difference to the final product; it looks neater, more polished, and certainly more professional (for a hobbyist at least!) Even if you are going for the American, heavy rugged aesthetic, a finished edge is still more advisable for reasons of comfort.

Comparison of a finished edge (top) and unfinished edge (bottom)
Comparison of a finished edge (top) and unfinished edge (bottom)

Here’s how I finish my edges, demonstrated on a twinned pair of bracelets. It takes approximately 5 more minutes to finish the edge of the leather.

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