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I finished the dyeing on my leatherwork project! I learned that it can be a very messy thing, and I need some eyedroppers. I don't want to dip the applicator directly into the dye bottle, because sometimes I will want to dilute the dye, but it doesn't pour out of the bottle real well. I probably could have done it with a straw, but I don't have a straw. :-(

Anyway, on to the pictures!

This is the back piece of my notebook cover. It has no tooling, just punched holes for the lacing.

back piece complete

I did this free hand. it says "Tasha made me" in the Elder Futhark. At this point, I've just done the carving.

marker's mark carved

This is what it looks like partially tooled. I have to wet the leather to make it malleable enough to carve, which is called "casing the leather." That's why there's a big wet splotch on the leather.

maker's mark half tooled

And this is what the maker's mark looks like carved, tooled, dyed, antiqued, and painted. I thought the mark looked a little blah, so I quickly brushed over the tooling with the antique gold paint to give the runes a glow. It isn't sealed yet; the leather has to be dry to apply the sealer. If I do this mark again, I may just carve it, no tooling.

maker's mark done

This is the front of the notebook cover: resisted, dyed, antiqued, and sealed. Note that the bear is no longer super bright white. I expected it to get a little stained, but it started to get more brown than I was comfortable with, so I wiped the antiquing off with a damp paper towel, and was very pleased with the result. You can see where I missed a spot with the resist, though. :-(

finished front

This is everything. I'll lace it all together on Saturday, and post pics when it's done!

all pieces complete

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i feel: pleased pleased

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bellacrow From: bellacrow Date: August 22nd, 2008 06:50 am (UTC) (base camp)
omg and wow
tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 22nd, 2008 07:01 am (UTC) (base camp)
Hee! Thank you!
prettydark From: prettydark Date: August 22nd, 2008 06:52 am (UTC) (base camp)
you are amazing, and this is totally gorgeous.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 22nd, 2008 07:01 am (UTC) (base camp)
Dawwwww... thank you!
esmerel From: esmerel Date: August 22nd, 2008 06:54 am (UTC) (base camp)
I totally can not see where you missed a spot - I think it looks great, it is a good whitish color without being OMG HI I AM WHITE.

.. OH now I see the spot. Seriously, I think people will looking at the rest of the motif to notice unless you say something.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 22nd, 2008 07:02 am (UTC) (base camp)
Eh, it's a first piece. It's just hard to cover a large area and be sure it's all covered, because it dries fast and goes on clear (ANNOYING!). I'm tickled with it.
esmerel From: esmerel Date: August 22nd, 2008 07:09 am (UTC) (base camp)
I've got a friend who has off and on been doing silk painting. He has a lot of ... things to say about working with resists too. :)
nazrynn From: nazrynn Date: August 22nd, 2008 10:46 am (UTC) (base camp)
For a first piece, all I can say is daaaaaaaamn. :)
beard5 From: beard5 Date: August 22nd, 2008 11:42 am (UTC) (base camp)
That's gorgeous! Can't wait to see it in person.
(and echoing Nazrynn, daaaaaaaaaaamn)
kiena_s From: kiena_s Date: August 22nd, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC) (base camp)
tasha this is really beautiful. i would love, love, love it if you could teach this to me? I have a leather chamfron that i want to work, but have no idea really where/how to start.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 22nd, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Is it already shaped? Because then it might be too hard to carve. But if it's still flat, we could do something with it.

We could always try making another one, if the one you have is shaped. I can talk to Ken (the Tandy manager in Chelmsford) about doing a leather molding class.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 25th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I talked to my teacher, and he said that if it's already shaped and hardened, what we can do is tool pieces to glue or rivet onto the existing chamfron. We could even make it look stitched on by stitching around the edge of the piece and then gluing it down with contact cement.
helwen From: helwen Date: August 22nd, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC) (base camp)
That came out very well indeed! I like how the gold kind of glows out of the antiquing.
kuzu_no_ha From: kuzu_no_ha Date: August 22nd, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC) (base camp)
so very cool!

I squee for you and your new project!

how hard would it be to make a coronet?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 22nd, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Not hard at all, I don't think. It would depend on the design, and I'd want to practice a lot.
kuzu_no_ha From: kuzu_no_ha Date: August 22nd, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Well maybe some time we could chat about it and I would give you moniez as well.
Both the man and I need coronets. Him more then I do at present.

tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 22nd, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Just materials costs... I'm nowhere near good enough to take commissions. :-)
kuzu_no_ha From: kuzu_no_ha Date: August 22nd, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC) (base camp)
yer awesome!

are you going to crown?

tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 22nd, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Don't know yet. Probably going to Coronation.
hugh_mannity From: hugh_mannity Date: August 22nd, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Go You! That's lovely.

Is it one of your A&S 50 pieces?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 22nd, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I'm... not doing A&S 50. *blush* I'm curious about the history of leather carving and tooling, though.
albreda From: albreda Date: August 22nd, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Don't let him bully you, Tasha - this is gorgeous! ;)
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: August 22nd, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC) (base camp)
That is nifty indeed. I think he's the perfect amount of not-blinding-white.

I like things like these for hard-to-pour stuff, I like that they're marked for vague consistency (tho not, you know, scientific levels of accuracy):
tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 22nd, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Oh, brilliant, and I don't have to worry about cleaning them! Thanks! I found plastic palettes with six cups for like $0.28 each -- wonder if they have pipettes like this on that site? I'll have to look.
mushmouse74 From: mushmouse74 Date: August 22nd, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC) (base camp)
GORGEOUS!! Very very nice. Definitely can become a worthy hobby for you if this is the FIRST project!!
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