In our latest book Leather Works, Fernando DaSilva shows you techniques using these special leather crafting tools. You can see all the tools in our online catalog.
You can also see the tools in action on our YouTube Channel.
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I have a superb set of hand crafting leather earrings to share with you today. These are the “Lisbon Earrings.” If you love them, you’ll be happy to know that Fernando DaSilva has a wonderful step by step photo and instruction chapter explaining how to make these in his book; “Leather Works A Hands on Manual to Leather Crafting.
Each of the projects in this book are easy to follow.
It is just like having Fernando in your studio.
Another sample of earring Fernando created.
The necklace featured on the cover of our Leather Works Manual can be made by you following Fernando DaSilva’s step by step instructions with photographs.
“The projects within this manual clearly show that is possible to bridge basic elements of a traditional craft with trendy components to create a new look that’s full of rich textures. Loaded with fantastic step-by-step photos and instructions, an inspirational gallery and extra tips. Leather Works will teach you how to express your creativity to become your own manufacturer, and to shine with original ideas made with genuine leather. ” Fernando DaSilva.
We have such an amazing collection of new tools in our Leather Works program.
Fernando uses all these tools in his hands-on manual. You can even see him live on our YouTube Channel.
This week on our Facebook page I am starting to post some of the projects you can learn to make in our new Leather Works booklet. In case you missed them, here is a closer look.
Drops of Leather Earrings
Eco Chic Bracelet
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!
Our new Nappa Leather is soft and easy to manipulate. This braided bracelet was fashioned by Nancy Donaldson for Metal Complex.
Nancy choose three colours to work with.
It is easy to create a piece to match virtually any colour pallet as the Nappa Leather collection includes 15 different colours.
Finishing your pieces is also easy if you use any of the Dazzle-it glue in magnetic clasps and twist lock clasps.
They are all availble in gold, silver and gunmetal.