“Karas” is a type of fish in Russian, so there is the design. The strap is made of 5-6 oz soft milled vegetable tanned leather, softened with the pure Neatsfoot oil to make it more flexible. And then lined with thin and strong Italian chromium tanned leather to provide the sliding action for the player.
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Battle of Virginia Capes – leather picture in 3D. Started Feb 12, finished Jun 20, 2016! It was an unusual and interesting project. I used different techniques to improve the volume of the scene. The background ships located far away are carved on leather. The middle plane is an applique and the foreground ships made
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Leather was used for making light, unbreakable bottles for carrying drink on a journey. Soaked in water, the leather could be shaped around a pattern or ‘former’ and would retain its shape when dry. Costrels were barrel-shaped, and had lugs with holes on either side of the mouth so that they could be carried on a
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Leather flask (Costrel is the old English word for that type of a flask), molded over a wooden form with leather rebars. I used 2-3 oz vegtan leather and reinforced it with molded rebars to make sure it keeps its shape. Waxed inside with beeswax to waterproof. Stamped design. The antique look was achieved by
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This magic box looks like a leather cube without any visible lock, cover or any opening or moving elements. Only those who know the code and the way to use it would be able to unlock and open the box. A steel frame is covered by the carved leather outside and soft deerskin inside to
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This magic box will look like a leather cube without any visible lock, cover or any opening or moving elements. Only those who know the code and the way to use it would be able to unlock and open the box. A steel frame will be covered by the carved leather outside and soft deerskin
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Dining chairs – replaced fabric with leather, replaced foam. Carved and tooled dragon images into the vegetable tanned leather inserts. Then used Mexican braid to lace them into the backs.

This video is showing the usage of a swivel knife for carving of a dragon’s image on the vegetable tanned leather.

Leather carving and tooling starts with an image transfer. This is a pretty boring task, so I accelerated it to run faster (on the video). There are only few points that you need to follow to get it done properly: 1) choose an image with a lot of details – scars, irregularities, wrinkles – more
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This video shows the process of stamping and tooling an image of a dragon on a piece of the vegetable tanned leather. Stamps – B203 and F896 were used to bevel and then flatten the background to make the design stand out. Most of the work was done with 8039-01 stylus and another one made
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This project included leather tooling, carving and painting, copper electroplating, making a silicone mold and casting pewter, and more. Straps are made from 2 layers of 3-4 oz. vegetable tanned leather. Both parts are glued together to create a strap with the grain side of the leather on both sides. This way a dye or
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