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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Arran-style belt purse/pouch on: December 30, 2010 02:31:43 AM
Hmm, photos are dodgy, had to use the phone, but here's my take on an old Arran style pouch. (Needs a longer thong, this one broke lol.)
I had a few decorative (fake) turquoise rivets and the celtic knot thingy left from the last time I did leatherwork, so I bunged one of them on the front to tart it up a bit Cheesy and stuck a belt loop on the back. What do you think?

It opens up a lot better with a decent length thong on it Smiley It's now gone to a LARPer I know who fell in love with it just before Christmas. She was complaining about having nowhere in her costume to keep things without having to have a big bag.

Shame it was my last bit of vegtan, I like making this sort of thing.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Help pimping a shopping trolley on: April 30, 2009 06:51:57 PM
Hi all, wondered if I could get some ideas on pretifying or pimping a shopping trolley. It's the one on this link - http://www.shopaseat.co.uk/escort.asp

It's my ex partners, bought after we split up. I was always the crafty one so she asked me for ideas, and I came up dry so I'm asking you guys Smiley Natty has not done much in the way of crafting so anything fairly simple is probably best. What do you think, can we make it look better?

Many thanks Smiley
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Guitar pick holder on: March 07, 2009 09:56:18 AM
Or plectrum, whatever they are called! Saw one done by a guy on a leatherwork forum ( http://leatherworker.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=14264&hl= ) and loved the idea so did a version of it for my musically minded friends Smiley

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Suede leather manbag / possibles pouch on: February 15, 2009 12:03:45 PM
The pics aren't great but here is my latest creation, a manbag or possibles pouch out of suede. Leather closure and laced construction throughout, no sewing or metalwork involved. First time in ages I'd made one that didn't go on a belt and I must say I like it. I'm sure the lacing takes as long as stitching the things together does though! Still, it looks good I think. It's sort've Mountain Man style



Thoughts/criticisms welcome
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Funky belt bag in leather on: February 08, 2009 06:45:25 AM
I based this on an old Mountain Man style possibles pouch I saw online just a little shorter and curvier. Wasn't until it was done I realised what it looked like - but I'll let you decide that one! Anyway, here it is, tan leather with double cordovon style lacing all round.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Leather Braid help on: January 17, 2009 03:04:47 PM
Hi all Smiley

My partner has been asking me about round braids and whether I could do them as she wants me to make her a braided leather collar for our Shih Tzu. Apparently round collars are better on long haired dogs.

Anyway, I had a bit of thonging I'd made while trying out my lacemaker tool so I gave it a go.

Got the braid done reasonably well but now I'm stuck! How do you take 4 separate pieces of leather thonging and securely connect them together? As I said, it's for a collar so I'd want one end to take a buckle and the other flat for the holes.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A little woodcarving on: January 14, 2009 02:27:48 PM
Been a while since I was on here so I thought I'd show you a few carvings I've done lately. These are the first attempts at figures and wizards, I've not been carving long.

These are my two wizards, Oswald and Twobeards


And this is my grumpy old man Smiley

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Carving projects - pic heavy on: August 02, 2008 04:15:55 AM
This is based on the woodspirit from the Wood Spirits and Green Men book I got last week. Done with my Pocket Pal SAK, a Frosts carver and my one half-decent gouge. Not detail yet really but getting there, it's a WIP

This is another little thing I've been working on, it's a copy of a Viking era strap end from Jorvik (York) and it 4" long by an inch at the widest. It's from a piece of found wood I split and made this section by batoning it and whittling it flat Smiley

I've now got another WIP on the go Smiley I'm hoping to get a veiner at least before I carry on with my woodspirit. Well, I saw this in the WCI mag and inspiration struck! I was given a box of loads of hardwood floor sample pieces all 2 1/2" square and 1/4" thick. They look like they are mostly beech from the look of the grain. Here it is so far Smiley

I don't have a scrollsaw or even a coping saw (well ok, I do have a coping saw, just no blades :p ) so I drilled holes in the waste parts and cut out the holes with a small chisel tip on my craft knife, Victorinox pocket pal and my Frosts carver. I've started to take the edges off but that's as far as I've got today.
9  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Side seam moccasins on: June 22, 2008 03:19:44 AM
Made these from a tutorial I found on Paleoplanet - http://paleoplanet69529.yuku.com/topic/15249

This is from normal leather with the grain side innermost, I'd love to have some buckskin to try it with Smiley
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / First with StencilPro screens on: April 08, 2008 06:07:15 AM

And a closeup of the print (this time on a sweatshirt)

I love this one Smiley Printed it on a t-shirt (as you see Tongue ) and a sweatshirt using StencilPro screens - really easy to use, I just printed the design off with my inkjet onto standard white paper and exposed it in the sun for 5-10 mins. The print is in silver.
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