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« on: October 27, 2007 06:11:44 AM »

I want to make pendants to string on cord or ribbon for necklaces,maybe pins.I have lots of suede type leather,and I just bought a leather stamping kit from Michaels,so I could stamp short words on them.A gallery shop near me had a basket full of simple leather pendants/pins for $15.00 each! Trouble is,suede is soft.Would you glue it on a backing material,or is there a way to make it stiffer?Or just leave as is? I can get leather vests to cut up cheap at Goodwill,and I just lucked into a pair of pants made of suede patches that's perfect for cuting up.Does anyone here have any tips on working with leather? I'll probably mix some up with other materials-beads,ribbon,stones,rusty things-I've been on a real rusty metal kick lately.Any ideas at all are wildly appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2007 01:10:04 PM »

Suede is so hard to use for pendants go to a leather outlet store or look on line for "The leather Factory" or Tandy's  some place like that that you can buy scrap.
Most area's have at least one place that is a leather supply business that has great big bins of scrap.

You'll be happier with buying scrap then tearing apart leather clothing. You'll have a better variety of leather and colors plus the leather will not have to be cleaned just maybe conditioned. Also if you buy the scrap you can even buy tooling leather which is very stiff and color (dye) it any color you want.

The last time I was at "The Leather Factory" they had all these packages of leather patches on clearance for .50 cents each. and the old fashioned wallet kits for 1.00 I took the patches which were large, cut them in half and made little leather pouches. The wallet kits would have been great for your pendants they were stiff and came with lacing cord and a small punch! I made coin pouches out of them.
Just an idea, another place that they have all over is SAS stores their like a bulk sewing supply house.


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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2007 02:19:13 PM »

Unfortunately,I don't have either of those stores in my area.I don't wear the vests anymore,and I thought I'd try to find a way to use what I had on hand.But thanks for the good advice!
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2007 06:47:54 AM »

check online many of the places I mentioned to mail order
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2007 10:06:21 AM »

Suede is great for covering other objects, sewing or embroidering. You can double it up to get more thickness. I would be surprised if it held a stamp. You will probably need the leather grain to do the stamping. With regular leather if you want to sew beads to it, for example, you can just go through the first few layers instead of having to stick the needle all the way through the leather, which usually means it also goes through your finger.

Recommended tools: an awl, thimble, upholstery needles, perhaps even a leather hole punch.
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2007 02:44:28 PM »

More good ideas! I like the idea of using suede to cover other things.Hmmm....Than ks!
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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2007 10:34:29 AM »

I remember seeing cute little pendants made from old storybook pages; the crafter had stitched a little rectangle of paper (with a cute bear on for example) onto a piece of suede then varnished the front and put a hole through Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2007 01:10:48 PM »

Thats interesting, do you know what kind of varnish they used?
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« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2007 02:28:42 PM »

No I don't I'm afraid, but I remember thinking you could cover the front of the pendant with adhesive-backed clear vinyl (like people use for protecting the covers of textbooks) and it'd do the job. Might be a bit shiny though Undecided
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« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2007 03:11:52 PM »

Interesting, I bet the texture of the suede would really give it some depth.
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