Friday, August 19, 2011

Leather Love

I really have been working on new projects.  I just don't post.....
this is a new pewter piece.  it;s a teeny tiny gargoyle firgurine i made from a plastic gary levi original  I made a mold and then cast it in pewter.

Another project is a wedding gift- so until i send it to the recipient I can't post any pics.  Suffice to say that I made it much more complicated than I needed it is taking forever.....and I have my doubts I will be making a second one for another upcoming  wedding.....
...and then there is the LEATHER.
I really really love working with leather.
I started on one purse........I gave it black piping and black appliques against a solid turquoise base. I used solid brass rivets and vintage cast iron rings.....all that is left to do is sew up the sides...the SIX LAYERS OF LEATHER sides.  My machines (even my vintage singer hand cranked 66) won't go through of it all goes to the WIP pile (work in progress - you know, that plastic bag stuffed under the bench and forgotten about) .  I'm thinking of taking it with me to the mainland  and attempting to sew it on my sister's machines....she has professional super fancy heavy duty ones....
this purse does not have its side seams sewn together yet....this is the front
...this is the back.......again not sewn or blocked....

...and so I set out to make ANOTHER purse.  This one is red and black.  It has cool red and black lizard print lining.  It does not have more than 4 layers, anywhere.
oh why oh why can't I do something on a small scale and uncomplicated?  and why do I make up patterns and not test them first?  and what made me thing this would work in leather?
aaack!  wonky wonky wonky
front..- unblocked It's actually pretty round and even)
the back, still unblocked 
well i did get the machine to sew through it.  and the bird appliques turned out ok....and I finally found vintage buttons that made cool eyes....  but the final finishing around the main zipper is just not working out.  leather tubes do not turn right side out very easily.....and you can't just grab onto the leather like you do fabric because it will mar the leather.
inside offending tube edge
inside magnetic pocket
  so instead of sewing the the tubes at the top together I'm going to make facings and turn those and sew them down.....if that looks too sloppy...and i think it will, then i will rip out the top zipper (going around the top curve makes the zipper look wavy, and I don't like it) and make a new leather facing for the top edge ... then I will just add a magnetic snap to keep it shut or add an insert with the zipper.......
or it will go into the WIP pile for some other year.
 i lose my patience and interest quickly... i want to try some copper etching, fold forming and enameling next.......


Joanne Huffman said...

You are making some really cool looking designer purses. I'm really impressed. I particularly like the bird appliques.

Angie in AZ said...

Connie, oh my gosh! Is there anything you don't know how to do? Love the purses! Crazy about the birds! Gonna' be selling these? I think they'll fly out of your etsy shop.