Step 1: Leather "Stone
break a way knife or carving knife
small paint brush
sand paper 150 grit
white glue for leather
2/3 ounce carving leather 6 pieces, size depends on size of stone about 2 x as large as finished size
3 small pieces of round lace or small pieces of cut 2/3 ounce leather to make a cross
dyes and/or permanent markers
Liquitex high gloss varnish
Step 2: Leather "Stone"
Cut the 6 pieces of leather about 2 x as large as the finished stone. I am making small stones so using the calipers I marked circles about 1 and 1/4 inches in diameter. The finished stones will be about 1/2 inch in diameter. Cut each piece of leather out with the scissors.
Sand the shiny side of each piece of leather, so that the glue will stick better.
Step 3: Leather "Stone"
Continue gluing the sides of the remaining pieces of leather, and stacking them on top of the previous layer. Do not glue the top of the last piece of leather. Again, making sure each layer is tight.. After all of the layers are glued together, set it aside for several hours or overnight so that the glue sets up well.
Step 5: Leather "Stone"
After the glue is set up we will take the knife and start shaping the leather. Start at the top of the stack of leather and carve at an angle to round out the stone. It is not unusual to carve off most or all of the top layer of the leather. Work your way around the stone to keep it even. Keep carving the leather until you have reached the desired shape.
After you have got the shape, take the sand paper and smooth the shape out. It does not have to be perfectly smooth.
Dye the leather as desired. After the dye is dry, sand the leather. Then using a small brush cover the leather with a thin coat of Liquitex high gloss varnish. Let the liquitex dry well. This may take 60 minutes or so. If you rinse the brush in rubbing alcohol, the brush will stay soft. I use a very cheap brush and when I am finished I throw it away.
After the leather is dry, sand the leather again. You will repeat this step about 5 times, or until you get the shine you desire. It should add depth to the stone. We do leather, so we usually mount the stone in leather.