Questions tagged [leather]

Questions related to leatherworking or for working with leather as a material in a project.

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I need an alternative to leather

This is my first time trying to make a costume out of anything other than cardboard and sheets. I wanted to make Greek armour out of real leather but my mum said that real leather is very expensive ...
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Double-sided Eyelets?

I have some cheap eyelet pliers and aluminium eyelets. They produce reasonable attractive results on one side but an ugly mess on the other. Often this doesn't matter as you only see one side, but ...
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Can any leather crafters tell me what tool this is?

My friend began taking up leatherwork. This tool came in a kit he bought. We know what everything else is except for this piece, and a reverse Google image search came up short. Just showed us bullets ...
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What materials can be used to stiffen a leather bag?

I'm early in the process of making a leather doctor's bag (also known as a Gladstone bag), in this kind of shape: I've bought a side of ~2mm cowhide for the body, but I know from past experience that ...
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Finishing leather edges

I've got few unfinished leather sheaths for knives and axes, but they're all unfinished because of the unfinished edges. I've read forums about finishing edges, but I've read on 20 pages about 20 ...
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Money clip rubber cement/hot glue?

The current project in my sewing group is making a money clip. My question is whether I should use rubber cement or hot glue to attach the magnets that hold the clip onto the money. If it helps, the ...
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Fabric alternative for leather

I'm planning to sew a costume based on a character who is wearing what appears to be a leather duster. I'm trying to pinpoint what fabric to use, as leather is expensive and I can't afford to buy ...
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Is this leather veg tanned?

I'm embarking on my first leatherwork project, a laptop sleeve. I read a few guides online and feeling inspired bought a piece of leather - second hand - off a certain online auction site. On opening ...
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What thicknesses of leather are suitable for book binding?

I have a large quantity of veg-tanned 2-3mm (5-8oz) leather, and I would like to try bookbinding with it. One thing that concerns me is that this is much thicker than the leather I normally see used ...
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How can I treat leather with dyes and keep it protected?

I want to create beautiful knife sheathes, like in the first picture below but I'm having problems with treating leather. I've sewed a few simple things so far (only using fake leather and very thin ...
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How can I remove glue from leather without ruining the leather?

We've been doing some leather work and we're using super glue to hold the edges together uniformly before stitching for a better hold. The issue I keep having is that if there is any glue residue on ...
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How can a repair a hole in my sheepskin jacket?

I mistakenly put my jacket on a rounded hook. The weight of the jacket put it through. Now, I have a thumb size hole under my collar. I could leave it but I worry it could get larger over time and ...
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Why can't you tool chrome-tanned leather?

It seems to be common knowledge in the leather working community that chrome tanned leather doesn't work for tooling, I.E. carving and debossing, but I've never seen any explanation as to why this is ...
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How to repair leather belts?

I have a black leather belt whose hole got so wide (due to using the buckle) that the belt cannot be safely used any more to hold the trousers. Example: http://www.hood.de/i/schuchard-friese-guertel-...
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What are the common causes for sticky harness needles?

Frequently I'm finding that my harness needles are too difficult to pull through by hand, and I have to resort to pliers, which means putting down the awl. Slows down the process a bit. What I'm ...
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Tools for etching leather?

There’s this artist who I absolutely love, and they etch leather using a tool I am not familiar with. I want to get into this style of art and was wondering if you had any ideas! There is a pic ...
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Imitating stingray-skin texture?

I am working on a Saihai-prop for a LARP and I want to wrap it in a way that imitates a Stingray skin on the handle. However some stingray skins can't be traded legally under the Washington treaty, so ...
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Glue for leather parts

I want to glue pieces of leather together, but I am looking for a glue that won't burn the leather or make it rigid. The glue will be applied on the edges, for a few millimeters long(4-5mm). Can ...
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How to remove embossing from leather

I just got a pair of Dansko clogs from a clothing swap and was dismayed to realize after closer inspection that they have a flower pattern embossed all over them. Image from dansko.com Is there any ...
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How to cut a stitched leather belt without it unraveling?

I am talking about the belts with stitches along its edges. I read that if I cut it to shorten it at the buckle end, the threads will come loose. What do I do to prevent this? The following is a ...
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What is a good set of tools for a beginner in leather working?

I've always wanted to craft a small bag out of leather for myself, and I've seen so many different tools to use for leather. For a beginner, what types of tools would you recommend? Are there any ...
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DIY Leather engraving

Is there a way to engrave or carve words into leather without the use of professional engraving or stamping tools? I want to make one similar to the one in the picture, but can not find the kit to ...
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What is the best type of leather for handmade goods (mostly wallets)

I was wondering what properties should be considered before choosing a leather type for wallets creation, based on the following facts: The leather should be stitched after cutting; The margins of ...
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Leather lacing at home

I recently bought tandy lace maker tool for making leather laces. I use good right amount of thickness of leather to make the lace and still the backside of the lace gets fuzzy with grains coming out. ...
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Can you wrap snakeskin like bandage (and will it handle it)? [closed]

Let's say if I didn't want to apply tanned snakeskin to leather or anything else, can I wrap it around something like my hand or wrist? To be clearer, can you use this like this without any worry, and ...