Instructables
Overview:

Learn how to make a leather rose.  You can use the rose as an accessory or put a stem on it and put it into a vase.
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Picture of Tools and Materials
- leather (vegetable tanned, as close to 1mm thickness as possible)
- the pattern
- pen
- sharpie (fine tip)
- tracing mylar plastic (or some other plastic you can transfer the pattern onto the leather)
- tape
- spray bottle
- leather skiver (optional, but recommended, to get leather to 1mm thick)
- awl
- utility knife
- leather shears (optional)
- leather dye (Fiebing's red, green)
- wool dauber (dye applicator)
- plastic gloves
- floral wire
- hot glue
- floral tape

Step 2: Trace Pattern and Cut Out Leather

Leather selection is important.  It should be vegetable tanned leather (necessary for shaping).  The rose turns out the best with thin leather.  A thickness as close to 1mm is ideal.  You can find leather at your local Tandy leather store (if you have one).  The smallest amount you can buy is a single shoulder or double shoulder.

I had leather that was a little thicker, so I used a leather skiver on the back side (the rough side).  The skiver takes cuts down the thickness of the leather.  It can be difficult to master.  Try to keep the skiving even and not cut through all the way.

Copy pattern onto tracing mylar with a fine tip sharpie.  When done flip over to top grain side (smooth side).  Spray the leather with water from a spray bottle.  Tape the mylar onto the piece of leather.  Trace over the pattern with a ball point pen.  The wet leather takes an impression.

Cut the leather pieces out with a utility knife or leather shears if you have them.  Punch the center holes with an awl.
cool!
they will look nice on leather jewellry