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You are going to need:
- A small piece of scrap leather; about 6cm x 6cm (I used a glossy patent lavender piece left over from making our chokers)
- Some electrical / duct tape
- Leather solvent / stripper
- Leather paint (colour of your choice)
- An eyelet punch
- Some studs / spikes of your choice
- 2 eyelets / grommets
- 40cm of thin elastic cord
- A piece of A4 card / thicker paper
- A pair of sharp scissors
Step 1: Step 1: Mark Out Shape
1. Mark out the shape of your eye patch. I sketched a heart measuring about 6cm x 5cm and tried to get it as symmetrical as possible.
Step 2: Step 2: Divide Your Shape
2. Divide your heart into stripes to make sure you are happy with the overall thickness of each. I made each section of mine 1cm wide.
Step 3: Step 3: Prepare for Tracing
3. Cut out your traced paper heart.
Step 4: Step 4: Transfer to Leather
4. Gently trace out your heart on the back side of the leather, and then cut it out.
Step 5: Step 5: Mask Out the Bits Not to Be Painted
5. Apply strips of electrical tape along where you want your stripes to go. The parts that are covered are the parts that will remain the colour of your leather.
Step 6: Step 6: Apply Solvent and Paint
6. Shake up your bottles of leather solvent and paint. Apply leather solvent to the leather and leave for a couple of minutes, then wipe off with a damp cloth. This helps to remove the top layer of the leather so the dye can be absorbed. My leather was patent so it didn't strip much of the surface, but if you are using a non-patent piece of leather you can really see the difference after the solvent has been applied.
Step 7: Step 7: Smooth Out the Paint
7. Apply your paint onto the surface of the leather with smooth strokes. Try and get your paint as even as possible, and cover every spot. Sit and let dry for 24 hours.
Step 8: Step 8: Remove Tape
8. Peel off your tape slowly and carefully.
Step 9: Step 9: Punch Holes for Stringing
9. Using your eyelet punch, make the two holes where you are going to string your eye patch from.
Step 10: Step 10: Punch Holes for Studs
10. Carefully mark out and punch more holes where you would like your studs to go. I chose to space them evenly around the edge of the heart, but you can always go for an asymmetrical design and utilise all the space available.
Step 11: Step 11: Insert Studs and Grommets
11. Lay out where you would like your studs to go, and screw them in tightly when you are sure of its placement. You can add a little superglue to the threads before you finish screwing to secure the studs if you wish. Insert your grommets / eyelets with a setting tool.
Step 12: 12A: Thread Elastic Cord
12a. Cut your elastic cord in half. Knot each elastic piece around each grommet hole, then bring the two remaining tails together at the back of your head as you hold the eyepatch where you want it to sit. You want the elastic to be slightly stretched so it sits on your head well, but not too taut as to make it uncomfortable. Tie your tails into a secure knot to finish. Voila!
Step 13: 12B: Attach Chain to Make Necklace
12b. Alternatively, you can add a ball chain / chain to turn the heart into a cute little necklace for everyday wear.
Step 14: Finished Results / Alternate Uses!
The stretch elastic makes this accessory oh so versatile...
Wear it as an eyepatch for halloween / dress-ups; hang it around your neck for a bit of bling, or you can even pull it over your head to nestle as a headband / hair accessory!