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Studding leather

Hey guys, Okay so I came across a bunch of spiked studs which I throught were screw on, but it turns out they're not. The backs look like they should be able to hammer into the stud... but Im not sure of how. I've tried as many ways as I could think of to hammer them in but the stud always slips sideways preventing the back from going in .... Anybody have any ideas?

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Leather pattern

Please I need an urgent help on how to make the weaved pattern in the image below

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stamping on leather

Hey I wanna stamp on leather i know how to do that but my problem is i wanna create my own logo for the stamp and i can go and buy a iron stamp so i can stamp on leather but then it is not my own logo so i wanna create my own logo on a iron stamp just like the picture below or something like that or is there a nother way to stamp on leather?

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Painting on leather

We'll I am about to make an instructable on painting and sewing with a leather jacket, my problem is I went to the art store and they did not have acrylic based paint markers, they only had oil based, the worker said that oil based would work fine but I am skeptical, Will oil based pain tmarkers work on leather?

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Leather forming/embossing

Hi all, Curious how this necklace has been achieved. The description said the links are leather. The designer also does a lot of embossing with leather but this one is puzzling me... http://www.pinterest.com/pin/250794272973076159/

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Staining leather with acetone?

I want to put a motif on my old black leather wallet I'm too lazy to go full screenprinting on it, and by the state of the wallet, it isn't really worth it either I've read something about acetone making stains on dyed leather, and thought of just using acetone to "paint" my design on the wallet The design is simple, so I'm thinking of just making a stencil. My only concern is: How do I make sure that the acetone doesn't "leak" beyond the borders of the stencil when painting? Will normal duct tape do?

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Waterproofing a leather hat?

My day-to-day hat is a leather fedora. Most of the time, it's great, but it does leak through the crown if I'm out in heavy rain for more than, say, 30-45 minutes. This isn't normally a huge problem, since I'm not often out in heavy rain that long that often, but it is a problem on a wet camp, when I'm outdoors all day. Unfortunately, I can't polish it, as the finish is matt, borderline suede. Any ideas, folks?

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Need free leather

Hi, So, I need some leather for a project that im doing. There are no local places where they sell it here either.  If you have so extra, or stuff that you don't need anymore, that be great. Thanks!

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looking for leather embelishments?

I am making cuff bracelets, where you wrap the leather or suede around the raw brass cuff.  however, before wrapping the leather, i sew on embelishments.  I have been unsuccessful in finding such large embelishments.  Conchos won't work because the metal on the bottom won't stick to the brass cuff.  any suggestions for website to check out?  i have been hitting dead ends for over a month.

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High Quality Leather for a Journal

My friend and I really want to find a leather journal, but so far we've had no success so I thought it might be easier to just make one but for that we need to find some good leather.  I have no idea where to find leather, so any advice will help.  I live in Westerville OH but anywhere near columbus would be good too.  I don't want to have to buy leather off of the internet because then I can't feel it and assess its quality.

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How to glue silicone to leather ?

Hi I need to glue silicone to leather, i've tried to glue it with various glue but it always comes off... is there any known way to glue very good , silicone to leather ? thanks!

Topic by giorgiomartini    |  last reply


'Leather' channel under 'Workshop'?

I believe a 'Leather' channel under the 'Workshop' category would be a good idea. I say this, because I'm often looking for leather-related instructables, and I suspect that many other people are, too. Leatherworking is as much its own specialized skill as sewing, woodworking, electronics, etc. Maybe you could even inaugurate the grand opening with a contest. :)

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How to sew leather handlebars ?

Anyone knows how to hand sew leather handlebars ? I'd be glad if someone could post an 'ible about it. Thanks.

Topic by lordofthedonuts    |  last reply


Cork Leather/Fabric Upholstery?

Can't find much information on this material, so I figured I would ask here. I'm rebuilding my motorcycle and was playing with the idea of upholstering the seat with cork leather/fabric. Has anyone here had any experience with it? Would it be durable enough for daily use? Is there any particular product I could use to seal it, possibly with a gloss finish? I appreciate any information you can provide. Thanks.

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leather inlay coffee table

I have a wood coffee table with a leather inlay in the top.  how do i clean it and/or polish it without damaging the leather?

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how to paint a leather shoe?

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How to glue silicone to leather ? ?

Hi I need to glue silicone to leather, i've tried to glue it with various glue but it always comes off... is there any known way to glue very good , silicone to leather ? thanks! :)

Question by giorgiomartini    |  last reply


how to reduce thickness of leather?

how to reduce the thickness of the leather ? is there any machine available in the market for this job or maybe similar machine which likely accomplished the job ?

Question by ed2mick    |  last reply


Lazy boy leather recliner

Hi I hope you guys are fine. I want to know is Lazy boy recliner is really made of leather or anything else? My friend had a bad experience with a lazy boy product. As he said takes handsome money but did not provide any handsome products. What is your opinion? Note: I am really sorry that i am not good at English.Thanks in advance.

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Basic leather crafting question

I am brand new to leather crafting and just ordered a vintage stamp with 3 other tools. I think i just broke the stamp. It is flat with a hole on the back. I used a hammer on the stamp by itself and the hole looks like the ridge around it is broken. Was I supposed to put something in the hole before hammering?

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Leather: I want to make a full ace leather mask, any help? Answered

Well I wanted to make something like these, but less complex and maybe only the bottom half and a monocle attachment. I understand the basics of leather but was confused in how to: • Attach leather to brass • plan a mask • create a mouthepeice any and all help would be great!!! :)

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Will the finalists in the leather contest ever be announced?

The title says it all. The contest should originally have ended the same time as the PUMPKIN CHALLENGE and PRESERVE IT! CONTEST but it have been changed to end november 11. If that is the case shouldn't the finalists have been announced by now?

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how to make a sprayable leather scent?

Many years ago I purchased an essential oils mixture from a small company that sadly is no longer in business.  This spay smelled exactly like leather, but I have no idea what the actual makeup was.  The closest thing I have found commercially is the leather scented air freshener from Yankee Candle.  Aside from running the inventory of a Wilson's Leather Store through a juicer, does anyone know a recipe for a leather scent?

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Is leather considered a man-made material?

You see, I recently bought a pair of boots that I assumed were leather. When I checked the materials list though it said it was "Constructed of All Man-Made Materials. So what gives???

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Best thread for stitching and sewing leather? Answered

It has been recommended by many leather experts to use a strong thread for stitching or sewing leather. Would someone please inform me of the right or best thread to use? Thank you very much!

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Where to Find Good Leather Sketchbooks

I live in Westerville OH and for some reason can't find any good leather journals/sketchbooks.  I say sketchbook because I don't want it to have any lines.  I checked barnes and nobles but all of their good leather journals have lines.  Any ideas on where to find some locally?  I don't really want to have to resort to ordering one off the internet because then I can't find out how good of quality the leather is and whatnot. 

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What is a good home substitute for leather?

I've been wanting to make a simple sling (the weapon type) for quite an extremely long while now, but then I don't have access to leather (neither scraps nor a nearby store for that matter). I'm just wondering if anyone knows a good substitute material for leather that could be used in that application (slings)?

Question by nutsandbolts_64    |  last reply


Dog Rawhide daily chew as leather? Answered

OK this is a disgusting in question, and I am not going to do this (cross fingers >:D)  but, I have some dog chews for my dog made of Raw hide (http://www.amazon.co.uk/HiLife-Special-Daily-Dental-Original/dp/B005ZF31II). Will it act like leather? Can I wet mold it into a penknife holster without wild dogs chasing me through the woods? Thanks :) Sorry for all my odd questions...

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My Experiment with a leather handle binding

So the other day i was bored, i got to thinking about dagorhir, it looked so fun, i just needed an awesome suit of armor and a sword. so i tried this, i took 2 strips of leather and tacked them into place, then i wrapped the leather around this dowel. after i got to the end of the stick i made a pommel out of more leather. then i took out the butane torch, i singed the leather so that it curled up at the edges causing a nice grippy feel. so, is this thing full of fail or full of win?

Topic by Crakur  


Pasting luggage labels to a leather suitcase

Hi everyone, Looking for a bit of advice, I found an old cow hide suitcase and bought some vintage style adhesive luggage labels. Only question is how to I stop them peeling off. Can I varnish over the whole thing? If so what kind of varnish? I’m worried about damaging the already pretty shabby leather case. Is there a special kind of adhesive I should have used rather than relying on the stickiness of the labels?

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Leather Spine on Plastic Coated Binding? Answered

Hi All. My name is Craig and I've been binding books for a while and come up with a problem today. I hade some pages ring-bound (You know, where they punch the paper with those square holes and hold them together with the plastic ring strip.) Anyways, there were too many pages, making the binding weak and so I decided to bind them. I've done this before by simply sowing together through all the bindng holes and then creating and attaching a cover like with a standard book. However, this time I was (1) lazy and didn't feel like going through all the effort to make a proper binding cover, (2) there was already a perfectly good front and back cover page which I wanted to keep anyway, and (3) I liked the look of the current binding (it has a clear plastic sheet ove the back page and front page) and want to keep the same look. Okay, now my problem is that when sowing together the pages I kept the plastic sheets over the front and back pages to maintain that gloss look. (It's those plastic A4 sheets that they normally place on the front page when plastic-ring binding - though I had one placed over the back too.) The pages are bound perfectly fine and sturdy but the sowing looks unsightly. I cut a piece of leather to place over the spine and overlapping onto the front and back page edges by about 1cm. The leather is very thin and has thin fabric-like mesh on the back lining it. I have no idea what to do to hold them together. At the moment I scrapped the plastic a bit with a needle to create a slightly rough surface to try help with the glue and am holding the bond down with a heavy weight. Though I highly doubt this will hold even if I let it dry. If this doesn't work I thought of maybe trying to use a hot glue gun and putting glue on the leather and then trying the same weight method again. I'm a little weary of using hot glue though as I don't want to ruin the pages as they were expensive to print and took so much time to print and bind. Does anyone have any ideas what I could try? P.S. Apologies that there are no pictures to show what I'm working with.

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Is there any way to make a piece of leather stiff/rigid without distorting it to much?

Looking to make a leather and canvas bag, the bottom 2-3" in leather, and the top canvas; with a zipper closure between the two sections . Would like the leather to be stightly rigid/stiff so that the bag will stand up straight and not sag.

Question by Immeknotu    |  last reply


A have this old leather book bag do any of you guys know what I should do with it?

I have this leather bag it's a very light brown color I want something to do with it like make a sling or a wallet maybe so that's it I think.

Question by Firelad    |  last reply


What is the best glue for plastic to leather?

Last winter I ripped the plastic sole from my skiing boot, and I would like to reattach it. It looks like it was originally held on by glue, and that is what I thought I should use.Any idea on what type of glue I should use for this?

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How do a cut and etch a belt out on a laser cutter when the leather is larger than the machine?!

Hi I would like to cut and etch leather to make belts.  However, the hides are large and even if I roughly cut the size it may fit width wise but length wise it will be too long.  I could perhaps try to line it up then shift it along but this isn't very precise and if I'm etching a pattern I fear I wouldn't line it up very well....   Also does anyone know what to treat leather with after it's been etched? after my experimentation it smells and leaves a black residue on your skin if you touch it.  I appreciate all and any answers! cheers, Lara.

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How to repair rubber/leather sneakers?

Hello all, I want to repair my Scarpa "approach" shoes. They're called "approach shoes" as they are intended to be used for light rock climbing and/or hiking to get to the wall that one plans to climb, but, I don't use them for this purpose. The soft, rubber climbing sole wore out after only 6 months of biking and longboarding, so I had them replaced with Vibram soles about 2 years ago. In short, after washing and leaving them in the sun to dry, the rubber toe-cap has come unstuck in several places and the Vibrams as well. (see pics) Several shoe repair shops gave me quotes too high for my budget, but provided me with a good idea of how to proceed. They all said that the toe-cap needs to be reglued AND sewn down, otherwise it will just come unstuck again. Of course the sole also needs to be reglued. What I want to know is: A) What type of glue and technique can should I use to reglue the toe-cap and sole? and B) What type of needle, thread and stitch should I use to sew the toe-cap? Thank you! Any help is much appreciated! Aaron

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How do you change the color of leather? Answered

I have a brown wallet my girlfriend got me that she thought was black (she's colorblind), bc i like black so much. I like the wallet a lot, only problem is it's brown. I tried polishing it with black leather polish, but that hardly changed it.

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Where can i find small quantities of leather?

So I'm making my Halloween costume and I'm making some leather Armour (for my arms and legs) but i have no idea where to find leather. Does anyone know if fabric stores might have some? that would be most helpful. (I'm also avoiding buying online)

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how do you tan a fish skin as in turning it into leather?

Looking for ways to tan a fish skin as into leather

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Burnt Leather! How can I get rid of the smell?? Answered

I recently used our amazing laser cutter on leather. The product was awesome (soon to be posted!) but three days later it still stinks! What can I do??

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How can I adhere an engraved nameplate to my leather Bible cover?

Adhere metal to leather

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What kind of leather projects are you interested in seeing Instructables for?

I am new to this site, but I have been working with leather for a little while and I have over 200 projects done. I have also done work with metal fabrication (custom BBQ pits), foam sculpting, engraving, sand blasting, stained glass, and whatever else I can get my hands on. I am by no means an expert, but I am better at some things than I am at others. Is there anything in particular you would like to see instructions for or do you just want me to shoot from the hip?

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How can I transfer an inkjet full color photograph to a textured leather surface?

I want to print a full color photograph on a wide format HP inkjet printer on to some kind of transfer paper and then transfer that image to leather that has a textured surface. The problem is getting the image down into the grain of the leather and not just on the raised surface of the leather obtaining a complete and clear image.

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I can't find websites that teach you how ot make things with leather.... anyone know of one?

I have been searching online for about an hour and I can't find a website that will teach you the basics of leather working, and how to make things outta leather. All I'm finding are leather suppliers, online stores to buy leather and leather items, and I don't need any of that. So if anyone knows of a website that shows you how to's and stuff with leather, please let me know!

Topic by Fendermage435    |  last reply


Leather jacket repair with "Vinyl-Tac" or powdered fusible? Anyone have any experience with either product?

The tear is on the sleeve,fairly large and jagged.

Question by lynneherb    |  last reply


Can you suggest ideas for recycling leather from a broken recliner? More imaginative than belts, purses or pouches.

It seems a terrible waste of quality leather to just trash this chair. Can you help with creative uses of the leather pieces I could salvage?

Question by febert    |  last reply


i need a tutorial on how to decorate the surface of leather?

I have tried working in leather a few times, and i would like to know how to make shapes and patterns on the leather using water and different tools, however not by cutting/carving the leather.

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