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Trying my hand at leatherwork

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Bodean, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    Thanks friends.
     
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  2. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    Well here is another installment. Eight hours of pounding and I got the celtic knot chain finished. On to testing out colors to stain it, and work on the adjustment strap. Stay tuned if you like.
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  3. CigBurn

    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Jun 22, 2014
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    Man that's some seriously great looking work, very nice!:)
     
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  4. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Thanks Cig
     
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  5. Monkeyboy

    Monkeyboy Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 23, 2015
    Nowhere, man ...
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  6. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Dental Floss farmer Strat-Talk Supporter

    That is incredible! Nice work brother.
     
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  7. s5tuart

    s5tuart My Dad used to say.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Aug 8, 2011
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  8. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 22, 2010
    Germany
    I love the celtic stuff - looks awesome.

    All the best,
    Robin
     
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  9. kchurch

    kchurch Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 27, 2011
    Ontario, CANADA
    As a kid, I had a Tandy leatherwork kit, that was a lot of fun to mess around with. Made some cool key chains, etc. Knowing how much work goes into the embossing, I am simply in awe of this project Bodean! Top notch!
     
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  10. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

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    South Carolina
    Thanks, Yeah after about a quarter way through I was thinking I needed a bigger beveling stamp. I think the one I used was only 1/4 inch maybe. The finish that I want to do will require me putting a couple coats of resist on all the raised areas. That will be a lot of work, but not as much as the embossing.
    I did some color on a test piece last night before I went to bed I will put up a picture here soon.
     
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  11. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I found out I have a problem, once I started I couldn't stop.:D
     
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  12. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Well the look I had in my head, may not be the look I want. I did this test piece quickly so I could see what it would look like for real.I rushed the resist, it should have had more coats and time to dry so It wouldn't accept stain on the raised areas in the chain.
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  13. oatsoda

    oatsoda Puck of Paradox Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Jul 10, 2011
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    You can tell an artisan by the callouses, and bet you are getting a few.

    Great looking work Bodean.
     
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  14. gilmourstrat

    gilmourstrat Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 16, 2012
    Europe
    Awesome work. You're talented no doubt :eek:
     
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  15. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    Thanks oatsoda, I already had the callouses, along with the tendinitis too. So nothing new gained.:D

    I don't know how talented I am. I don't look at it that way. Mule headed, constantly trying to prove to myself I can do something (or fail trying)......guilty. This a humbling hobby, one mistake and the piece is history. All the labor is lost if the finishing process goes bad. A few imperfections here and there are acceptable, it is hand crafted after all. It's the same old song and dance.I am more critical of my work than anybody else will ever be. If I could have found a way to overcome that years ago no telling what I would have accomplished.
     
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  16. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    kchurch mentioned the embossing part of this. That is where you take the metal stamp and hammer it into the wet leather to make an impression (in case anyone didn't know that). here is a closer view. The tool I am using is called a checkered beveler. it is hard to see but it leaves a faint checkered imprint in the leather, along with squaring the edges.
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  17. Davesband

    Davesband Senior Stratmaster

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    Dec 19, 2015
    Antwerp Belgium
    You are truly a great artist Bodean,
    this is really amazing.
    Big thumbs up for you :thumb:
     
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  18. Monkeyboy

    Monkeyboy Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 23, 2015
    Nowhere, man ...
    I saw a 'How It's Made' where they made saddles . Guys carving that stuff like engravers making a master dollar bill plate. Just amazing work . You're on your way ;)
     
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  19. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    BS, I don't want no part of that. LOL. I ain't crazy.:confused::confused:
     
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  20. s5tuart

    s5tuart My Dad used to say.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Aug 8, 2011
    Bedford, UK
    Yum! It looks like fancy pastry on top of a pie!!! It really is 3D... so classy!!
     
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