Pyrography

After a long hiatus from experimentation with pyrography, I decided to try out an idea I’ve long been harbouring: pyrography on the rough side of the leather, in near-minimalist, instruction manual like layout. The instruction manuals of IKEA were my inspiration for this project.

The Traveller icon is a homage to the Ikea man from the manuals.

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Traveller.
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Front layout.
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Back layout.
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Test runs
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Test runs on the opposite side of the leather. Note the “pooling” of the lines.

 

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Another Penholder

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Clutch Wallet

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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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A Cupcake Maker’s Journal

I know, I know, I was natting a little bit on Horween before but like I said, it is nevertheless a great leather tannery. So for my cousin’s birthday (cum Christmas present too… hopefully) I had a piece of Horween left from my exploits in UK and made a custom notebook for her, complete with Midori inserts.

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Front.

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A Personal Musing on Horween

Disclaimer: All views are mine and mine alone. 

It’s not hard to find Horween leather being used as a badge of quality. While Horween leather certainly has its perks, I caution against thinking that Horween is the end-all indicator of supremacy in a crafted product.

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