hi my name is James, i have been working on leather for a while and thought since there isnt much of leather crafts up i thought i'd add some up. this here is a leather coaster i made and will be showing you how to make. this project is pretty cheap and can be a great gift for anyone. on this coaster i decided to use a wood plank design many other designs my be made and used for this project.
list of things needed for this project:
1x leather circle
1x swivel knife - a bit optional but it yields better results
1x ball and spoon modeling tool
1x craft sponge- not one u clean ur dishes with
1X ruler or steel square ruler
leather dyes- sort of optional depends on look that you want
leather super sheen
winged divider - optional but again really makes it a easier project
wood slicker- option but sells the project
PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTION BEFORE STARTING THE PROJECT
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Step 1: Leather Choice
in order to crave, cut, mold, or do anything with leather u must have a general idea ready. now i had the idea to make a leather coaster and make a wooden pattern.
now for the first step choose your piece to work on and inspect for problems such as unwanted dents and or discoloration.
Step 2: Damping
before starting the tooling or designing on the leather it must be damp. depending on where u life can vary how much moister is need for the leather. the general rule is get the leather wet but not soggy, it should star to bend in your hand but not to much. now get sponge and run it all over the leather and get it nice and wet then wait 2 or 3 minutes for it to start changing back to its original color before moving on to the next step.
things need for this step:
a craft sponge
Step 3: Drawing the Lines
i take my straight edge steel square and draw out two lines the distance i want from each other (width of the planks) then i take a winged divider and adjust it to that size and made marks in order to have equal spacing. after drawing the straight lines go back with your ball point on the modeling tool and draw random vertical lines connecting the horizontal lines, use the square to keep them as straight as u can.
things you will need for this step:
steel square or ruler
and a steady hand
Step 4: Cutting the Lines
this step has two ways to go:
option A: get the spoon part of your modeling tool and really work it into the lines.
option B: use a swivel kinfe to cut the lines by slowly tracing them
for me option B yields the better results but the modeling tool is okay if u cant get the swivel knife. make sure to work in a well lite area.
things needed for this step:
Step 5: Pattern Part One
now after using the swivel knife or modeling tool to cut the lines your going to want to add the wood grain pattern. this pattern is easy.
take the spoon side of or modeling tool and by using the tip with different pressures, stroke lengths, and other things you can create beautiful wood grain.
hint: go horizontal with the lines and be-careful about going to far and on to another plank.
things need for this steep:
Step 6: Pattern Part Two
this is just the same as the last step but instead of the modeling tool i used the swivel knife with the modeling tool and is what i suggest you do.
hint: don't press to deep like the dividing cuts just enough to make a nice mark
Step 7: Edging
this is an optional step really but it helps add a bit more professionalism. to do the edges u should use a wood slicker, first damp the edge a tiny bit and then take the leather and rub the edge on the groves of the wood
Step 8: Nail Detail (option)
first use the wing divider to make to points in the leather for ur nails then with the ball point of your modeling tool press it in to the holes.
Step 9: Super Shen Finish (optional Ending)
if u dont want or have dyes for the leather you may want to just coat in super sheen in order to protect your coaster from moister.
Step 10: Finishing With Dyes
apply the dye to the sponge then rub in if there is a lot left on the surface wipe it off with paper towels. for added affect put black dye in the nail holes. now let the dye seep in and settle then apply a liberal coat of of super sheen to seal it all up
Step 11: AND DONE
done warp it up or make more and give them to guest or what ever