Wet Molded Credit Card Wallet

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Introduction: Wet Molded Credit Card Wallet

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Hi guys! I'm going to make a card wallet through wet forming method. Wet forming leather is one of the most interesting techniques of leather crafting. Today, I'd like to show you how to make a mold on your own with split leather. I tried to make it as clear and simple as possible. I hope you find it helpful.

Supplies

    • Exterior: a sheet of leather 31cm x 16cm (12in x 6.3in) and 1.5mm (4oz) thick (roughly)
    • Lining: a sheet of leather 31cm x 16cm (12in x 6.3in) and 1.0mm (2oz) thick (roughly)
    • Mold: Split leather 15cm x 18cm (5.9in x 7in) 2mm (3oz) thick (roughly) X 4 set
    • Utility knife /Mallet /Ruller/ Awl/ Tong/ Small clamps
    • Pricking iron (5mm spacing/ slanted)
    • Hole punch : 5mm / 3mm diameter (for 13mm eyelet snap button)
    • Edge beveler size #1
    • Needle (John James #4)
    • Thread Vinymo #5 (6mm thick)
    • PVC Punching board 15cmX20cm (roughly)
    • Eyelet snap button/ Setter
    • Edge beveler (size #1)/ Sandpaper (400 grit)
    • Leather dye/ Piece of sponge
    • Wood slicker/ Tokonole (Burnishing Gum)
    • Water/ Tray (for soaking leather)

    Step 1: Making the Pattern

    I usually use Photoshop(CS6) to make patterns. You can use any programs that you find easy to work with (e.g. CAD, Illustrator, MS Paint). The pattern is 4 pages. As usual, paste the pattern on a thick piece of paper.

    Step 2: Making a Mold (Part.1)

    I'll use split leather to make a mold. Split leather is the inner most layer of leather when a skin is divided into several layers. It can be used in many ways, so make sure to keep this when you buy your leather. I used Buttero split leather and cut the leather according to the pattern. I made 4 pieces of each part, but the number can vary depending on how thick the leather is. The thinner the leather is, the more likely you get the thickness you want. Mine is roughly 9mm thick. (I wish I made it thicker though.) I smoothed the sides with a sandpaper.

    Step 3: Making a Mold (Part.2)

    I marked around the edge to round out the corners. As you move the mark inward, the mold becomes rounder. Rub the surface until you get the right curve. I put some water and burnished it (not necessary). And, I pasted it on the center of the PVC punching board. You can take it off the board clean later. The mold is ready now.

    Step 4: Soaking the Leather

    I used two different types of leather for outside and inside (1.5mm thick Pueblo for exterior and 1mm thick Natural Buttero for interior). Cut them according to the pattern, and soak them for 15 minutes.

    Step 5: Forming the Leather

    After soaking, the leather becomes softer. Put them on the mold, fasten the clamp, and let it dry for a day.

    Step 6: Reinforcing the Leather

    Next day, you can see the leather well shaped and hardened. Glue the natural leather inside Pueblo leather. Through reinforcement, the shape is well preserved.

    Step 7: Making the Front Panel (Part.1)

    Mark the button area and upper line on the molded leather with an awl. Then, cut the upper side according to the marked line. You can do this more easily using the mold. Mark stitching holes with a pricking iron and pierce them with a flat awl. Sew the upper side and cut the extra part.

    Step 8: Making the Front Panel (Part.2)

    Fasten a 13mm eyelet snap button. (You can use other types of button.) Make stitching holes with a pricking iron following the guide line drawn with a wing divider.

    Step 9: Making the Front Panel (Part.3)

    Dye the edges, and burnish with Tokonole. Then, I stamped my logo.

    Step 10: Making the Back Panel

    I'll make the backside now. Glue the two leather pieces together, and cut it following the pattern. Make stitching holes around it. The number and intervals of the holes on this backside is identical with the front side. Fasten an eyelet snap button on the lid.

    Step 11: Gluing to Assemble

    Scratch the surface to glue. Glue the front side and the backside together, making the stitching holes align.

    Step 12: Sewing

    Sew all around to assemble the two parts (front and back).

    Step 13: Finishing the Edges

    Smooth the edges with a sandpaper and bevel the edges. Dye all the edges and burnish with Tokonole. Then, it's all done!

    Step 14: Done!

    Through this project, I wanted to suggest wet molding is possible without ready-made wood or plastic molds. Think outside your mold and create one of your own! Thanks for watching my work and have a great day!

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      26 Comments

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      leathernatural707
      leathernatural707

      2 months ago

      Thanke you hahn
      Very beutifule
      I want glasses casa nd case pencile pattern

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      bouchouk
      bouchouk

      8 months ago

      Wonderful !

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      crazypj
      crazypj

      1 year ago

      It's a good 'structable' very interesting to see a professional (or semi-professional?) at work.
      It shows you don't need a lot of tools but you do need a fair amount of skill and practice.
      I've voted for it.

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      attosa
      attosa

      1 year ago

      It's beautiful. Fantastic Instructable all around :)

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      ThummarwitshW
      ThummarwitshW

      1 year ago

      Wow! very detail. I like your instruction. :) Make it easy to follow

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      hahnsatelier
      hahnsatelier

      Reply 1 year ago

      Glad you like it! Thanks!

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      gmikles1
      gmikles1

      1 year ago

      I think your project was well thought out and your instructable appears thorough. I have always appreciated good leatherwood, and yours finished very well. Good luck.

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      hahnsatelier
      hahnsatelier

      Reply 1 year ago

      Thank you! Good luck too!

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      stumitch
      stumitch

      1 year ago

      Well done! I really like the simple design and lines. Your explanation was clear and easy to read as well. Maybe I missed it, but why did you use the thick layers of split for a mould? Would it be easier to use wood?

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      hahnsatelier
      hahnsatelier

      Reply 1 year ago

      The purpose of this project was to make molds, not ready-made ones, at home with my own hands. Split leather is a material that is thrown away usually. I wanted to make it easy using this. In comparison, wood works are difficult to handle in home for me.

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      labdude
      labdude

      Reply 1 year ago

      Good reason. I've done this with wood molds, and the results were much better than I expected. I also went without an outside mold, opting to use staples on the scrap area. Again, much better than I expected it would come out. I made a binocular case...

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      hahnsatelier
      hahnsatelier

      Reply 1 year ago

      Sure, It may better. This is the one suggestion for who don't familiar with wood work.

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      labdude
      labdude

      Reply 1 year ago

      Not saying it's better - just that it worked for me. The more information people have, the better it works for all of us.

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      hahnsatelier
      hahnsatelier

      Reply 1 year ago

      Oh, Don't get me wrong, it's true that a wooden mold is better. If someone is good at handling wood, I would recommend make a mold made of wood.

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      Wyatt Earp
      Wyatt Earp

      Question 1 year ago on Introduction

      Hello, Where can I find Eyelet snap buttons like your ? these are very nice.
      Best Regards

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      hahnsatelier
      hahnsatelier

      Answer 1 year ago

      I bought it offline market, but I don't know where to sell this online. there is similar ones but it was not gold. If I find one I'll tell you.

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      Wyatt Earp
      Wyatt Earp

      Reply 1 year ago

      Oh, thank you, even if you find one that is not gold please let me know.
      Best regards

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      Wyatt Earp
      Wyatt Earp

      Reply 1 year ago

      Hello,
      Thank you so much for your help and research.
      Best Regards
      Jesse

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      Frank1450
      Frank1450

      1 year ago

      Very nice! I'd like to make one but I've never done leather work. How many credit cards can you stuff into it? I'm amazed how many I need to carry in my wallet. Maybe I could make two sections, one for cash one for cards.
      Thanks again😁👍