So i do a little bit of leather crafting. Mainly small things like wallets and key-fobs, etc. I have a nice leather stamp that i had made but because i do most of my crafting in the evening i can't hit it with a hammer the way i would like.
With no tools and no money i wanted to make a freestanding clamp (arbour press like) so i could stamp leather. Importantly - i wanted to use stuff i had around the house - It did not need to pretty.
Step 1: Bits-and-Bobs
- 1 x G-clamp
- 1x shoelace (or string)
- 1x plastic bowl/container
- 1x 300ml injection resin (the stuff you use for securing raw plugs in walls)
- a flat piece of plastic /metal (about the same size of the stamp)
Step 2: Choose Your Bowl
The bowl needs to hold about the same volume as the injection resin. I just used water to see how my 300ml fitted in the bowl i had. ideally you want the resin to cover the base of the clamp, this will make it freestanding when set.
Step 3: Hang the G-clamp
Hang the g-clamp form a hook or a cabinet handle as i did.
fiddle with this until the clamp hangs level in the bowl and barely touches the bottom.
Step 4: Cover the Bowl in Foil
I have no idea if the resin would stick to the bowl so i used foil to ensure it wouldn't - simple
Step 5: Fill Bowl With Resin
fill the bowl with the hanging clamp in it with resin.
IMPORTANT - spend a bit of time trying to smooth the resin down. i didn't do this and the end product looks really messy!!
NOTE: The chemical reaction of the resin will give off a bit of heat...don't panic, well i didn't...you can if you want but i doubt it will achieve anything.
Step 6: Remove and Level
- Remove from bowl
- Remove foil
- Attach piece of plastic
- The only reason i had to do this was because i didn't level the top of the resin, if i re-made this i would spend more time doing that.
Step 7: Wet Leather and Stamp
- Wet the leather
- Use the clamp to press the stamp
- I leave it in there for a good 10mins
It's rough but it works just fine .