I received an interesting commission this month: two tooled leather dog collar/leash sets in bees and bat designs. These playful themes were fun to work with! The bat wings follow the same composition as the Wings Collar Design.. a great spooky theme just in time for Halloween! It took some thought to come up with [...]
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 [...]
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!
Kirin is a flashy dog brimming with attitude, and I wanted to make him a special collar that represents everything that he is. Kirin's name is derived from "Qilin", a Chinese mythical beast. Kirin's collar features his namesake creature on an Art Nouveau style background, with a real moonstone as the centrepiece. I was inspired [...]
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 [...]
Above is my first photo of a Super Mario belt work-in-progress: My earliest memories of my brother are of his silhouette jumping up and down in front of the TV. He was 5 years old, playing a Super Mario game on Nintendo. He jumped every time his mustachoid hero jumped, on his quest to rescue [...]
I was reading some figure carving techniques in Al Stohlman's "Figure Carving Finesse" book, and I took interest in his section on snake scales. Now, I'm not particularly fond of snakes, however the technique for creating the texture was intriguing. It starts with a series of criss crossing sine waves, and textured using a pointed [...]