Basic Leathercrafting: All the Skills and Tools You Need to by Elizabeth Letcavage, Alan Wycheck, Visit Amazon's William

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• step by step directions and images illustrate easy leathercrafting innovations: selecting leather-based, stamping and adorning, sewing and lacing, and completing
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You can also use 2-ounce, full-grain, vegetable-tanned cowhide to line your project. This leather may be carefully carved and stamped, unlike other lining options. Cowhide Weight Guidelines Here are general guidelines for selecting leather for specific projects. Belts: 7- to 8-ounce for 1½ inches wide, 9- to 10-ounce for wider belts Card case: 4- to 5-ounce Cell phone case: 4- to 5-ounce Checkbook cover: 4- to 5-ounce Dog leash: 7- to 8-ounce Guitar strap: 9- to 10-ounce Journal and notebook covers: 5- to 6 ounce Key fob: 4- to 5-ounce Lining: 2- to 3-ounce Portable media case: 4- to 5-ounce Wallets: 4- to 5-ounce 53 Selecting Designs Master leather toolers render complex patterns, landscapes, and animals in a remarkably realistic way.

They may have a screw back for easy changing or a rivet back for permanent placement. Slotted types are threaded with lace. 51 2 Basic Techniques Now that you are familiar with the various leathercraft tools and supplies, learn how to properly use them. The following step-by-step instructions start with selecting the proper carving and lining leather and end with applying finishing products. Practice these techniques on scrap leather until you feel comfortable with each procedure. And don’t be afraid to experiment as you develop your skills, as every leathercrafter’s method differs slightly.

Place the horizontal arm under your legs while sitting in a chair. Wing nuts allow you to adjust the pressure to hold various projects. LACING NEEDLE These flat needles have tiny spikes to securely hold lace in place. Keep several backups on hand in case you damage the spikes while clamping the lace into the needle. These are available through lace suppliers. LACE Don't skimp on lace quality. Buy the best you can afford. Kangaroo lace is recommended; it's 36 available in ⅛-, 3/16-, and ¼-inch widths, in black, brown, whiskey, and natural colors.

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