Dark Brown Leather Bracelet with a Flowers of Course medallion

Wish you had lived in the 60’s in a commune as a Hippie? Or maybe you wished you could have visited Hyde Park in its heyday?

Those days are long gone but the desire to show one’s attitude about the environment or self-worth is as strong as ever. Take a. look at our bracelet design. The medallions are sold separately so you can express your self differently everyday of the week.

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Dark Brown Leather Bracelet with a Walking Bear Medallion

My wife nicknamed me Bear many years ago. Was it because I will stand up and defend my family against anyone or anything, because when I walk its more of a lumber than a sachet, or is it because I am grouchy when I first wake up? I prefer to think it’s none of those but it’s beause I am so cuddly, warm and affectionate.

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Having said that, I wanted to show you the leather bracelet I prefer to wear. If you are interested in reading more, click here.


Teaching Leather Crafts

Several years ago I was asked by my daughter in Ohio if I would be interested in teaching a few kids from their church some basics about working with leather. Without hesitation I said yes….maybe.

How many kids will there be? How old will they be? Who will be available to help me? On and on and on. Bottom line…they were ages 6 through 8, 3 groups and about 30 kids to a group. Well I was committed so I agreed.

I must admit after worrying about getting ideas across to them, keeping them entertained and finding a way to get them involved, I was most impressed with their behavior and involvement. Some kids showed a real knack for assembling different projects I had prepared for them. Others not as much. But what they all were was well-behaved and attentive. A couple of them really shined.

One little girl was so good, I taught her an 8-string simulated braid, 3 loop spanish braid and some basic tooling techniques which she was only shown once and could then duplicate at will. Her mother noted to me after all was said and done, that her daughter continues to surprise her and her husband on a daily basis just how quickly she grasps concepts for a variety of tasks.

All of this leads me to this, Tandy Leather Factory will open up their doors to both girl and boy organizations for some basic leather classes. If you are involved in such a group, I would highly suggest you contact James Lockett at (281) 537-2952 for more information. And if you are an adult who has a curiosity about leather crafting, James will be having a class on July 16th.

Tandy Leather Sale

Just a short note letting you know that James over at the Houston Tandy Leather Factory store on FM 1960 just announced a super saver sale on Cowhide rugs.

Call 281-537-2952 ask for James and tell him where you read about their sale.

This would be a great opportunity for you to make those business card sleeves I wrote about earlier. If you missed the article, go here.


Water Jar, Design Considerations

Not too long ago I asked one of our programmers how it is they decided to layout a particular window in our software and his answer was “intense research”. Intense research? Shouldn’t all research be intense to the point of riveting headaches and pointless hours of whirlwind discussions ending in obscurity.

This form of research, fortunately, is not what I go through when designing a new leather craft project I am interested in.

I may do some basic research on the internet looking for (in the case of my most recent design) a shape worthy of the cost and time necessary to see to fruition. So what I did was start with a photo of an Egyptian water jar (below).

So beginning with the above shape how do I proceed. First I decided that this shape lends itself to height and I my case I decided I wanted my end project to be somewhere around 16 to 18 inches in height and about 6 inches in width at the widest point.

This shape also lends itself very well to its use as a flower vase and the bud vases I have will be totally hidden and held in place by the natural design of the vase’s neck

After addressing the difficulty of this design and the way the widest section necks down and how to affect an effective and eye pleasing braid I determined that the common stairstep braid was still the best approach and I hope you agree. If you are attempting to copy this design or one similar, do not under any circumstance try to glue the edges. You may think that gluing must be done and I am here to tell you that is not the case. For one reason, you will never be able to line up all the holes for braiding not to mention if you apply glue to one edge and then accidentally “miss” when trying to line up the edges, there is a real good chance you will ruin an already time consuming section.

All of that being said I must say that I am very pleased with the final project whether you use it as a flower vase or simply choose to display it as a stand alone object, I know you will be pleased and a smile will shine on your face when someone sees it for the first time and they say, “Oh My”. I hope you are interested in purchasing this design but if not, know that I am actively working on another pattern using this same shape and size and if you would like to be kept abreast of its development simply drop me a line and I will make sure I keep you up to date.

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