Good evening ladies and gents. In this fine Instructable I will be showing you how to create your own leather pouches! This is also a great introductory in basic leather working.
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Over the several steps listed here ill demonstrate a handful of good techniques while working with leather for either new or experienced cosplayers and costume enthusiasts. Ill be demonstrating cutting, shaping, gluing, applying dye and conditioner and a few other tricks. I learn better ways and new techniques every time I do a costume so check back often for improved or new tricks and more examples.
Here's what you'll need:
4-5 oz leather single shoulder (4 - 5 sq. feet)
Leather contact cement
Waterstain leather dye (I used dark brown)
Leather finish (I used Gloss)
High density sponge
Sharp scissors or angled box cutter
Pencil and Pen
Your choice of button: Magnetic bag snaps, Sam Brown button etc
Black acrylic paint
Metal spring clip
so lets get started!
Step 1: Finding Materials and Tools
The most daunting part of leather working is where to even start looking for materials and tools. Thankfully there are a number of great websites where you can find what you need at an affordable price.
The site TandyLeather offers everything listed previously on the intro step all at a decent price. This is where I buy all my leather as i cant seem to beat the prices. They also have several outlets around the U.S where you can find nearly there entire inventory. However they're tool prices can be a bit high if your on a budget. When buying leathers keep in mind what your looking to make with it. Pouches are made best with 4-5 oz shoulders while armors are made best with 6-7 oz or higher.
Tandy Leather is where i buy all my dyes, conditioners and cements. When purchasing dyes the best and most user friendly are the waterstain dyes and conditioners. They are easily applied with high density sponges. If you want the highest strength bond when gluing your best bet is Leather Contact Cement, don't confuse it with rubber cement. Barge cement is also a popular choice but I find it harder to work with since it doesn't come with a brush.
Ebay is a great alternative if you want to save some money and find some leather tools. You can get all the leather working tools on Ebay from various sources for a great price, you'll be able to save some money versus Tandy leather. Tools that are a must own are "Leather grooving tool" "Leather strap cutter" "Leather hole punch tool".
You'll save a lot of money cutting your own straps versus buying them precut.
The leather hole punch is the only way to get clean holes punched into your leather and the Leather grooving tool allows you to create detail line and groove for folding.