I am always curious about the special characters of leather. As a type of organic material, its reaction to light, heat, water and time surprises me all the time. This time I wanted to test if I can harden a soft piece of leather and make it into a standalone form. I started by cutting long elliptical holes all over this sheet of leather for some extra flexibility when I need to stretch it. Then I soaked the […]
Dye a piece of leather into desirable shade.Cut to exact measurement, attach necessary hardware if applicable.Saddle stitch. Apply masking tape around the edges to prepare for edge dying. Grove inside the folds to make it fold easily. Finish! Left: the single compartment card holder. Right: two-fold wallet.
I learned about how to dye your leather in a workshop and I wanted to apply patterns to make a piece more personal. I used these drafting dots as masking tape and applied on a piece of vegetable tanned leather. The dye I use is from tandyleatherfactory.com, where I got most of my leather tools and supplies. I applied it with thick paper towel in circular motion. After it dries I removed the dots. I also rubbed the surface with […]
My boyfriend and I have been wanting to have our own 3D printer and now we do! We bought the PrintrBot metal framed one and made it work after assembly! Washi tapes really help to make the print stay in place, and the rainbow pattern never hurts anyone right?The first print is a wire organizer I CAD in solidworks.It has an egg shaped bottom and some chisel shaped teeth on top. The plastic has a little bit of flexibility so […]
Since I’m obsessed with leather, I moved around my classes for a week just to sneak in this leather workshop held by the RISD apparel department. I had a blast! Here are some pictures I took during the workshop: Master’s tool box! Different types of leather and their tanning process: Master’s demo! I can’t wait to try the new saddle stitch method I learned so here is a little something I made right after the class: