I spent the weekend on my own, as Randy was traveling. I enjoyed the solitude and spent my time playing with leather. I also may have watched some football. My team didn’t win and the boys team had a Saturday off, so I watched the Texas-OSU game. It was a heartbreaker. No, I do not know when I became a football fan. Maybe when I realized you could sit for hours and sometimes nap through the games!
The first thing I played with this weekend was wallets. I cut out three, stained them, let them dry and then added a finish coat. Here is how the leather looked when I was finished:
Now I need to sew them up. Haven’t decided if I want to sew by hand or by machine. Might just try both methods.
My middle son said he would love a new wallet. We figured out that he really didn’t want the type I was currently making. So I took some leather, wet it down and molded it over a stack of credit cards. Here is a poor picture of my effort:
Hopefully, I will be able to make a wallet that has room for more cards and money out of this. Haven’t stained or top coated this yet. It is still drying out. Because I am a jack of all trades, I will try anything once. The good news is that I am not above throwing the “it didn’t work” items in the trash!
Okay, last leather experiment up next. On this one, I used a tape resist and painted LUMI dye on the leather. This is a dye that uses the sun to develop the color. I was “killing two birds with one stone” on this one. I had been wanting to play with Lumi for weeks and this was the first chance I had. I had absolutely no idea if one could use it on leather. This piece of leather has been top coated.
I haven’t decided if this will become a wallet or a trash can artifact. I do know I want to play with Lumi and leather further.
My hands took a beating with all the dyeing. I wore gloves, but alas they failed me. Here is a picture of my “tan dye polish” manicure. You might want to cover your eyes if you are squeamish.
Okay all, that about wraps up another thrilling weekend for me. I will leave you with the sunsets I enjoyed this weekend.