I love working with leather! It's such a versatile material and offers you so many creative options to work with. Even with something as simple and small as a leather cuff you can really enjoy a variety of ideas to play with. So when I started working on this cuff I wanted to play with as much detail as possible with the space I had. So I added several strips of tooled leather, tassels, a zipper, and a concho to give my cuff a more rich and eye-catching look. To illustrate the steps I went through to make this cuff I have posted a video tutorial to guide you through the process of making your own. I also have a free PDF pattern with a detailed list of tools and products I used to make this project at www.fischerworkshops.com. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and don't forget to check out some of my other video tutorials at Fischer Workshops youtube channel. THANKS AND ENJOY!!!
Materials I used to make the cuff
This popular folding coin purse design makes for a great leather project. Small enough to conveniently store in your pocket or purse but able to store a large amount of coins in. It also opens up nice and wide so you can get what you need quickly and easily. To add value and beauty to the purse I have used several types of exotic leather for aesthetics through the circular cutout of the purse frame. I have used both alligator skin and gazelle hide as examples for this tutorial. A PDF pattern with a detailed list of leather types, tools, and products used in this project can be downloaded from Fischer Workshops. Just click on the following link to be directed to the download page...
Exotic Leather PDF Pattern Download
I have also published a video tutorial to demonstrate the step by step process I go through in making the purse. The video is only 10 minutes long, but it took me about 2 hours to complete this project. I chose to stain the leather by hand which is the longest process in making the purse. I suppose if you bought prestained leather you could finish this project in about an hour. To see the video just click on the link below... Thanks and Enjoy!
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I originally came up with this keychain design (Free Pattern Download) for a leathercraft exhibition in Taiwan. Alongside introducing my leatherwork I wanted to afford people the opportunity to make something that would expose them to several aspects of leather craft that would be rewarding and not overwhelmingly difficult. The keychain and other elements of the exhibition turned out to be a huge success and attracted all kinds of attention. Whether you are a seasoned leather worker or just getting started in the craft you can't go wrong with projects like these. Another bonus to small projects like these is that the cost to make one is fairly reasonable. You only need a small amount of leather, a swivel snap, key ring, rivets, or screws. How much it costs just depend really on the type of hardware you choose.
For the youtube tutorial I posted for this particular keychain I selected some quality hardware to add to the beauty of the leather. Although as you can see in some of the pictures I have also used several types of swivel snaps to adjorn my keychains, but I personally think the more you spend for quality snaps the better your project will look... With that said I spent about $6 USD for the snap, which is by far the most expensive material used in the project. I have seen designer keychains in department stores with much cheaper materials sell of as much as $100USD. So I highly recommend to spend a little extra for your hardware as it can dramatically add to the value of what you made.
In the video I used extra thick leather (3mm) for a more bold looking keychain, although a variety of leather thickness' could be considered, but I wouldn't recommend going too thin making the keychain flimsy. With both pieces together the center is 6mm thick and the ends 9mm thick. Both tabs can be attached with either a rivet or screws. Hardware, screws/rivets, and accessories needed for a project like this should be easy to find at most leather supply stores, or online. Along with the pattern I have provided I also list some of the tools and materials you might need in completing this project.
If you have a business logo, the keychain can also be a great way to share your brand with others. There is also enough space on this pattern to stamp in someone's name, or to apply a little leather tooling as seen in some of the pics...