Leathercraft posts, including updates on new videos, techniques, or even new supplies/tools.

A Game of Thrones Belt; from the Astrolabe in the Show’s Intro

2014-10-02T23:59:37+00:00Belts, Leathercraft, WIPs|

Watching Game of Thrones (one episode every few days) has been part of our ritual for a few months. With our two year anniversary approaching, this was an obvious concept on which to base my gift to my husband. The gorgeous spinning Astrolabe in the TV show intro depicts the events from before the story [...]

Things I’ve learned from Leatherworking

2014-09-28T19:53:14+00:00Leathercraft, Lessons from the Workbench|

What have I learned from leatherworking? There's been a recent discussion at leatherworker.net on just this topic. Here's my contribution:   You know how there's a "Mile High Club"? If you don't know about this club, you're probably either very young, from a different generation, or very naive. For leatherworkers, there should be a "Blood [...]

The Hobbit Plaque: Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold


Far over the misty mountains cold, To dungeons deep and caverns old, We must away, ere break of day To find our long forgotten gold. The pines were roaring on the height, The winds were moaning in the night, The fire was red, it flaming spread, The trees like torches blazed with light. This was [...]

Which is the Best Leather Finish? Testing Waterproofing Capacity of Five Brands

2013-11-30T18:32:25+00:00Leathercraft, Reviews|

I collect leather products as most girls my age collect makeup. Despite having an arsenal of leather finishes, conditioners, dyes, and other goodies, sometimes I end up using the same product over and over again (kind of like wearing your favourite eyeshadow every day despite having dozens more in your drawer). I have five brands [...]

Golden Scorpion Dog Collar

2013-10-06T21:26:51+00:00Dog Collars, Leathercraft|

This simple cabochon was so unique and inspiring, that I crafted a whole dog collar concept around it. It's a real golden scorpion which has been encased in a lucite cabochon.. just begging to be transformed into a wearable medium.. in this case, a scorpion dog collar. Lately, I haven't had much time to design [...]

Leather and Archery: Crafting A Leather Archery Bracer/Armguard

2013-10-06T21:27:26+00:00Lessons from the Workbench|

Legolas from Lord of the Rings is so sexy with his longbow, and I never thought I'd have the opportunity to shoot a bow myself, let alone own one. My husband is into the Archery hobby, and proposed that we explore it as a couple, using compound bows. Despite having our hunting licenses, we doubt [...]

New Video! Setting Swarovski Crystals in Heavy Leather using Rimsets

2013-10-06T21:29:21+00:00Tutorials, Videos|

Swarovski crystals provide much more sparkle than the widely-available acrylic "crystal" rivets. It was challenging finding any tutorial on this, so I tinkered until I found a way that worked. I hope this helps, and thanks for watching!

Leather Conditioning and Care (For Vegetable Tanned Leather)

2016-01-10T04:24:56+00:00Leathercraft, Lessons from the Workbench|

What happens if you don't condition your dog's tooled leather collar, repeatedly let him wear while swimming, and then do not exert any control while walking him and allow him to pull with all his might on his leash? The short answer is... the collar is going to stretch, discolour, or worse... break! In the [...]

Craft all the Things! The Price of One Pair of Designer Shoes Could Buy All These Tools!


Many women my age love to spend their money on accumulating the most vast assortment of quality designer fashion accessories as monetarily possible. While I can appreciate a unique handcrafted leather belt and comfortable shoes built to last, this obsession with brand name fashion baffles me. Why do people spend $1000 on a pair of [...]

Tool Review: Tandy’s Pro Lacing and Stitching Pony

2013-10-06T21:32:30+00:00Lessons from the Workbench, Reviews|

While I liked the leather tools I had before the fire, I have the unique opportunity in replacing said tools with better ones. Experience revealed the shortcomings to some of them, which I attempt to address in my replacements. Most of my replacements have been resounding successes for my style of crafting, although I had [...]

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