Stitching And Lacing Pony – New Leather Works Tool

We have another new tool for leather crafting enthusiasts.  Our “Stitching & Lacing Pony” is a traditional tool allowing you to secure your project in place so you can use both hands to focus on lacing and sewing.  You will be able to work a lot quicker to finish numerous projects with this tool.

It is like having a third hand to help!

Flat Leather For Designer Jewelry

These gorgeous bracelets were designed by Fernando DaSilva to highlight all the new colour options in our flat leather collection.

The addition of pearls makes this bracelet very feminine.

The flat leather animal prints are gorgeous.

Fernando combined the animal prints with solid colours.

 

He used our new Metal Complex oblong punch to create the open areas and also added a grooved line to the inside leather for additional detail work.

Our slider collection makes adding additional embellishment a breeze.

Your options are endless!

Corset Cuff With CHA Designers

These are my first projects working with our new Leather Works product line.

And these are the Leather Works tools and supplies needed to create these samples.

On Sunday June 8th I had the opportunity to teach the members of the CHA Canada Designers Educators and Professional Educators at their annual retreat.  I prepared a tutorial explaining how I made my sample cuffs and then encouraged them to design anything they liked instead.

Each student began with a strip of tooling leather.  They could choose any colour they wanted from the Leather Works acrylic dyes provided for their projects.

I brought our Faux Suede lace collection along with sew-on resin stones and buttons from my own personal stash for embellishment.  I also brought metal beads from a John Bead assortment pack.  Leather needles and embroidery thread was used to attach items to the painted leather.

To say they were very enthusiastic about the possibilities is an understatement!  Every colour dye was painted onto leather.  Longer strips were cut for wrap around bracelets. Stitching was added as a border.  They immediately adapted the cuff idea into something more interesting.  Take a look at their work!

Each workshop participant was also given a copy of Fernando DaSilva’s new book; A Hands On Manual to Leather Crafting.  The workshop and all the class kits were sponsored by Metal Complex and our new Leather Works program.  I will post the complete cuff tutorial later this week!

 

 

New Leather Lacing Chisels

We have several special new leather crafting tools in our new Leather Works line.  This is the single prong lacing chisel.

This is the four prong chisel.

This is the 8 prong chisel.

The packaging for these tools makes it very easy to know what you are buying.

The complete leather works program is linked here.

You can see how to use a lacing chisel on the Metal Complex YouTube Channel.

 

New Leather Works Tool – Leather Embossing/Spacing Set

This is a brand new tool!

It is the one I am most interested in getting my hands on.

You’ll notice that our packaging includes a QR code to quickly take you to a “how to use it” video on YouTube.

I have linked the video here as well!  Recognize these hands?

Metal Complex Leather Works Punches

This is the leather hole punch tool that cuts these oblong shapes in leather.

This is the .5 inch oblong punch.  It is also available as .75 linked here and 1inch linked here.

The round hole punch is one that you will use all the time in leather making projects.

The round punch is available in 3/32, 5/32, 1/8, 3/16, 13/64, and 1/4 inches wide.

You can see the tool in action in this one minute YouTube video!

Leather Works is our newest Metal Complex collection.  We’ll be showing you all the components, leathers and tools over the next few weeks.

The Moon, Star and Sun Necklace

If you are still wondering what to do with a metal blank here is the perfect necklace to inspire you.  Hand crafted by Fernando Dasilva it features several of the popular metal blank shapes in the Metal Complex catalog.

We have two different star shapes and they are both available in gold, German Silver and brass.

The sun shape is also available in the three standard colours.

The Metal Complex texture hammer added the additional details to each blank on the necklace.

Linked chain allowed Fernando to space all his components.

A little difficult to see are the crystal moons.  They make this necklace catch even more light.

They are Swarovski pendants.