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.

Asked by Immeknotu 7 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


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.

Asked by Firelad 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


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.

Asked by laraamelia 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


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/

Posted by jarris 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago



video of how to make flowers out of leather? thank you. Answered

Asked by kihem 9 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


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?

Asked by febert 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


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!

Posted by Fendermage435 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


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

Adhere metal to leather

Asked by 9 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


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

Looking for ways to tan a fish skin as into leather

Asked by 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


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.

Posted by dustin61 8 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


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??

Asked by scoochmaroo 9 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


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.

Asked by lynneherb 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


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)

Asked by monsterlego 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


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.

Asked by 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


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.

Asked by shalow 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


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.

Asked by tigerdog330 9 years ago | last reply 8 years ago



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?

Posted by Andersenleather 3 years ago | last reply 2 years ago


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?

Posted by lyingsage 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


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?

Posted by tony.fantasia 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago


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!!! :)

Asked by MrSalvador 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


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!

Posted by giorgiomartini 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago


Where can I get (faux) leather for cheap?

With all the steampunk instructables involving leather, it begs the question of where I can get some leather. Real or fake, I don't care, whichever is cheaper.

Posted by greynolds1 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


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?

Asked by tazmo1972 8 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


Can leather be re-tanned/re-dyed a darker color?

I have some leather that has already been tanned/dyed and I want to know if I can make it a darker color with leather dye/paint. (Not sure what the difference between dying and tanning is and not sure if I need dye or paint. Whichever will make the leather a darker brown.) Can anyone help?

Asked by iwillspy13 7 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


heavy duty snap source for making leather bracelets?

Hi,   Have been looking at the tutorials for making leather bracelets.  Purchased a snap setter from a craft store but the snaps aren't deep enough.  The leather is too thick for the snaps, it barely gets through the leather.   There's no way it could make the connection to attach the snaps to the leather.  The leather I'm using is about 1/8" or 3mm thick; about the thickness of a belt.  Suggestions for sources? Thanks!

Asked by justkim 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


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!

Asked by blkhawk 6 years ago | last reply 5 weeks ago


how to paint a leather shoe?

Asked by creichma 9 years ago | last reply 4 years ago


Where Should I Get Leather If I Have No Mailing Address?

I have been wanting to make a leather notebook for a while now, but haven't been able to find any and can't order any online. Any ideas?

Posted by NomadHobbyist 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago


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?

Asked by Lorddrake 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago


Where can I buy large quantities of CHEAP leather in UK?

Where can I buy large quantities of CHEAP leather in UK? (or artificial leather - eg. rexine) sheets in the UK? Preferably large sizes. I need to make lots of cushions. Thanks.

Asked by MicroKID 9 years ago


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.

Posted by lordofthedonuts 10 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


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! :)

Asked by giorgiomartini 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago


How to calculate amount of leather in sq feet for 16x12 inches bag

Please help me in calculating the leather consumption in making a laptop bag of 16X12x4 inches without any flap or extra compartments. How to calculate and convert inches to sq foot.

Asked by Lderex1 4 months ago | last reply 4 months ago


pattern for leather case, canon powershot g10?

Excuse my english, does somebody know how to make a pattern for leather case for canon powershot g10 looks like the SC-DC60A original case or similar thanks

Asked by gastonrmoreno 9 years ago


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!

Posted by owlart101 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


How can I stretch my leather chaps?

I have some beautiful made-to-measure leather chaps, but they are too tight around the knee, which makes getting in the saddle difficult. Any ideas about how stretch them?

Asked by Angela Elliott 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


'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. :)

Posted by ericrasmussen 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


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 ?

Asked by ed2mick 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


How to reglue my steering wheel's leather covering?

The upper part of my steering wheel's leather covering has become unglued from its metal under-frame; it now rotates partly around that frame. Any suggestion as to what type of glue I could use, and how I could get it between that leather covering (which is sewn on) and the frame ?

Asked by Joe S. Hit 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


how can i make a realistic green leather jacket thats size 12 trying to make a green leather jacket?

Im trying to make a green leather jacket but they are realy expensive and they are girl style im a boy im size 10 or 12 all the stores i know of can be goodwill but they don't really have kids leather jackets and i dont want the punk ones either im trying to make a ben 10 alien force costume with it and there is also a craft store where i live i have a budget of 5 to $10.00 any tips?

Asked by ashmane 9 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


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?

Posted by Seidenfisch 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago


What products do you recommend for treating/ cleaning and preserving leather car seats?

I live in Oklahoma and gets pretty hot in the summertime what products do you recommend to preserve leather seats, also what would be good to clean them.

Asked by thematthatter 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


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?

Posted by Kiteman 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago


Jacket help?

I'm just looking for a cool jacket to wear, as they are my favorite thing to wear, i like punk leather jackets, so anything in that area would be cool. just looking for suggestions.

Asked by Lucidman 8 years ago | last reply 6 years ago


I REALLY want to make a pair of somewhat simple, lace up, leather, thigh high boots. Ideas?

Lace up, easy, thigh high boots. little heel, or no heel. Traditional.

Asked by KTH 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


Fake Human Skin

Hi, Can anyone tell me how to affordably make realistic looking human skin from leather? I'm looking to bind a book with it and, if the method works out, adapt it later into making the outer layer for a peeled man "greys anatomy" book cover type body suit for halloween.

Posted by Eirias 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago


The awesome helmets of Bob Basset

These leather masks made by the Bob Basset workshop in the Ukraine are amazing. These custom pieces have lots of great details and are pretty inspiring for future projects. Of course you can also buy them yourself, but they'll set you back $550 - $800. Bob Basset via BoingBoing

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago


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)?

Asked by nutsandbolts_64 6 years ago | last reply 3 years ago