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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Leather Corset Outfit - Pirate Queen! on: October 26, 2012 02:11:22 PM
Ok, I really shouldn't be posting this because I made it for a fashion show that's happening next month, and the whole point of the fashion show is to reveal new pieces.. but, I'm super proud of how it came out, and.. well, I figure none of you guys are going to be at the show anyway Smiley

Since we work with leather (mainly bags and accessories) this was a new thing for me. We're partnered up with a swimwear line called "Jolly Roger" so we agreed to go with a pirate theme. I have two girls walking the runway, and this is the final outfit, for my 'pirate queen' as it were..

Anyway - here you go!

The feathers are detachable, with a snap on either side. For, you know, when she's going to battle or something.

Before you say anything, the corset is deliberately asymmetrical. So the point under the bust is meant to not be centered. Though I don't think people will realize that and they'll probably just think I can't measure - lol.

The belt is actuall attached to the corset, starts at the front and works its way all the way around.

And finally, the back

So.. what do you think!?
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Refillable Leather Journal on: October 02, 2012 04:20:11 PM
I've been off Craftster too long, so I'm back. Our leather journals which we started making last fall, have become pretty popular so I wanted to show them off.

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Leather Camera Bag on: October 02, 2012 12:25:51 PM
It's been too long, craftsters!

Here's one of our newest designs - it's our Kirkaldy Camera Bag. It's been a definite attention grabber, but we need to make it abit bigger, I think, so that people can fit their laptop etc in there. Right now it's just not tall/wide enough.

What do you guys think?

4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Image transfer and printing onto leather on: May 16, 2012 01:50:21 PM
Hi everyone,
I'm wondering if anyone knows how to print on leather.
This etsian does amazing work printing on to leather (http://www.etsy.com/shop/TinderandBloom), and I'm trying to figure out how to do it. I found a blogger who said they used t-shirt-transfers, but that didn't quite work out very well at all.
I'm starting to think about using tattoo paper!

Any ideas or suggestions?
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Leather Iphone Cases and Wallets - using antique hardware! on: December 15, 2011 04:07:12 PM
It's been too long, craftsters, since I posted.
I'm sorry for the neglect, so, a peace offering..

This is one of my favourite new leathers - beautiful deep olive green, marbled, and a dream to work with. It's an odd lot, so I managed so score 61sq ft of it, for something stupid like 2.80/sq ft..





This one is a beautiful dark brown kodiak oil tan, using an antique skeleton key for decoration:

Inside there's room for some cash, your phone, and even a coin pouch!

And this one uses an antique escutcheon (key plate) on a stone oiled tan hide..



6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Working With Leather - Courses and Books? on: October 28, 2011 02:00:18 PM
Hello Craftsters, I've been away far too long.

I make leather bags and accessories (you can see pics on my flickr, www.flickr.com/divinadenuevo), and am completely self taught (by which i mean, trial and error, stumble and fall).

I see beautiful leather work in my city (Vancouver), and I want to learn how to be that good - I want to take my line to the next level, and evolve it with quality being key. I feel like my work is not top notch quality, with messy backstitches (due to a domestic machine) and rough edges.

Does anyone know of any leather-making courses? I'm in Vancouver, Canada - and couldn't find anything. If anyone knows of something, please let me know. If it's really good, I'd be willing to travel for it.

Thanks lovely people!

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Leather cuffs and keychains! on: June 17, 2011 02:50:53 PM
Ok, not sure if this is 'jewelry' or not, but I honestly have no idea where else to stick it! So I was making leather bags when I realised I had a ton of scrap leather that I didn't want to waste - tada, cuffs and keychains! They've actually become my most popular item at craft fairs, though I think that's the price tag more than anything, but anyway, voila:

Aren't these guys so adorable? I have them on all my key chains, and a customer told me that she was using it as a purse zipper pull!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / pricing and website - I feel like slamming my head into a wall on: June 06, 2011 02:29:45 PM
Hey peoples,

So, two websites, both different types of things - one is leather clutches (www.divina-denuevo.com), and another is jewelry (www.piecesof2.com).

both have facebook fan pages, and I do craft shows - 4 in the last 2 months. NO SALES.
I mean. I've sold 3 things off my website. And at craft shows the only things I sell are the small ticket items (leather cuffs for 35, key chains for 12). The clutches that everyone gasps and comments on how much they love them, don't move.

The jewelry - everyone goes on about how cool and unique it is, and then they either walk away without even asking the price, or walkaway after hearing the price. Both times they walk away. I have no idea what I'm doingwrong, my prices are competitive with other crafters.

I'm on etsy, but thigns there are so much cheaper that I don't expect to make a sale.

Does anyone have any ideas/suggestions? All feedback is welcome!
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Lots of lookie-likes, no lookie-buys. Help? on: June 06, 2011 02:10:49 PM
OK, 4 craft fairs done now, and same problem. People look, they gush, they tell me my stand is their favourite, they say all manner of nice things and take my cards. But they don't buy.

I thought it was pricing, but I've walked around -my prices are within the same range as other vendors. In some instances people don't even ask the price, they just love me and leave me.

Anyone know what i'm doing wrong here?

My work is www.divina-denuevo.com (leather handbags) and www.piecesof2.com (jewelry)
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Leather Laptop Bags! on: May 02, 2011 10:58:07 PM
Alright lovely peoples, Finally finished photographing my latest two laptop bags, the barcelona and the madrid. The barcelona I made originally was with a luscious reddish brown like the Madrid bag, but I sold it before I got a chance to take pictures so this is the second take. I've also made it in a really lovely dark chocolate brown.

The strap is my pride and joy - it's designed to split and be worn across both shoulders to distribute the weight for long journeys (because seriously, laptops weigh a ton!), and then put together if you want to wear it across just one shoulder.

The Madrid bag has a detatchable compartment designed for the power supply - you can put your cables in the external pouch or use the bag solo.

Barcelona Laptop Bag

Body harness strap for weight distribution

Strap connected for shorter journeys

The leather had the letters "JU" marked on it - I thought they were neat!

Madrid Laptop Bag

The two compartments (the main one for the laptop and the external removable one for the power supply) both close with antique skeleton keys.

The two pouches side by side.

The madrid bag's strap, while less complex, is also designed for weight distribution. The split strap means that it contours the shoulder so that one piece sits on the higher part of the shoulder and the other piece on the lower part, distributing the weight evenly.

Hope you all like!
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