Burning Leather

On Pinterest (the Mecca of crafty inspiration) I saw a picture about burning designs into leather with a wood burning tool.

Hey…I had leather…AND a wood burning tool.  Of course I had to give it a go!

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I have a sophisticated wood burner that is either On or Off.  I read online it was best to use a lower heat setting, so I just used the only one I had.  It was hot, Man.  It definitely burned the leather, and it was very precise about it.

I started by using a leather tool that is for tracing.  It is something I picked up at Michaels.  It is just pointy with a blunt end on it, so it can press against the tracing a leave a slight mark in the leather.  It would have left a better mark if I wet the leather first, but I wasn’t that patient.  I drew the design out on tracing paper and then pushed it into the leather.

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The designs kind of evolved from the original tracing and sometimes it was hard to follow the lines.  If it was a symmetrical one, I had to watch to make sure I was doing it the same on each side.

Lastly, I burned the edges and then put on some snaps.

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I might need to seal them, but I don’t have anything on hand right now.  Not sure if I can afford a trip to Tandy Leather.  I usually end up buying lots of stuff! ;)

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