What leather can do….

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.

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Then I soaked the piece leather in boiled water for 2 minutes. I didn’t have a picture here because my camera got really steamy when I tried to take a picture over boiling water. But you get the drill—boil water, put the piece in, and probably don’t use the same pot for noodle soup again.

After I took it out, the leather got extremely soft and buttery. I quickly stretched it over a cube shape and clamped it. It started hardening quick fast but I left it overnight until it completely dried.

_BAI3601The second day it can stand alone and hold the shape really well. I removed the clamp and sew the edge.
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Leather is a beautiful material isn’t it._BAI3638 _BAI3639

 

Reference:

http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~marc-carlson/leather/hl.html

http://www.daviddfriedman.com/Medieval/Articles/Perfect_Armor_Improved.htm

http://mocoloco.com/fresh2/2009/06/12/split-seat-by-isao-takezawa.php

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