I know there are better leather smiths than I, but I always try to keep things as simple as I can. Always remember, if someone else did it, then its possible for you too!
So, shall we?
Step 1: Get Stuff! (some Ambition Required)
I found the eyes at JoAnnes fabric store. 3 or 4 dollars for a set of 18 mm.
The leather was from Tandy's Leather as well as the 1/2 inch spikes.
The 3rd pic I just used the scissors, marker and Personna razor. Can't tell you enough how great these blades are for MANY projects!
Rubber cement seemed to do a great job of holding everything in place.
The teeth are Buffalo from eBay (bleached).
SteelStik can be found in any auto parts store and lastly, but most useful is the hot glue gun!
Step 2: Find Your Inspiration! Annnnd GO!
I found a couple boxes and set the eyes on them to see how they would look. I chose the wooden box over the metal. (May find a box at many/any craft store)
The buffalo teeth were drilled, so I used a piece of wire and hot glue to make the set and more hot glue to put them on the box.
Step 3: The Wraps...
The top, well that was a bit more difficult. I used hot glue and the epoxy to form the eyebrows. I put the screw heads into the eyebrows with the intent to poke holes so the spikes would screw on later.
More epoxy to make the eyes stand up and out better so it'd have a more definition (as you see in the pics).
Wrapping the leather was a bit harder. I started from the back and worked towards the face. Poked holes to get the screws through and draped the leather over the face. I trimmed the holes where the eyes are. I made a slit where the teeth would go and another slit that allowed me to work around the teeth better and hide the seem under the teeth.
Step 4: Crossing Fingers...
Step 5: Closing Arguments...
My first project was the pocket sized spiked spine journal (instructable coming soon) and I took it with me to a comic con. Won't lie, I would whip it out (pocket journal...) and make notes just to see if what people would say about it. Positive responses!
Hopefully the journal will work for you guys as well! Much simpler than the box too!
As always, thank you for checking out my stuff and hopefully it helps you as well!