Oh English leather, how do I love thee?
And no, I’m not talking about the cologne for men. Although that is kinda sexy too, on the right guy…
Leather hides imported from England are things of rare beauty- so soft, so un-marred, so…blank. I horde the English hides I have, taking them out only for special occasions. The Jubilee party we had was AMAZING.
oh hey-look, pictures!
At the start, its all moist hides and high quality knives.
Look at those adorable teeth. Also notice the awesome Chuck Smith swivel knife with a carbide tip!
Now most of the images of the Black Beauty mount are kind of…lacking in serious skull detail. Except that hard core one with all the welding sparks. Thats just fierce! Again with the Chuck Smith swivel knife, I know, I know. My leatherworking tools are the only thing I’m a brand whore about, so…that makes it all better.
Now the skull does need a lot of detail cutting- I’m going to have to pull a SVP memoir from a few years ago to help flesh out…er, I mean bone out? That sounds really inappropriate.
Where was I. Oh yeah,
Well, this year is starting off on the right track!
Oh, sorry. Wrong project. Here’s nice pictures of an amazingly cool project- geology bag with a lovely Microraptor gracing the front.
Stainless steel trigger snaps and D rings, 7-8 oz leather body saddle stitched for durability. Strap is adjustable by 5″, made of 6-7 oz leather, lined with suede. Guts of the bag are lined with glazed pig skin. Front pocket 5 oz leather wet molded and lined. Coloration done with Tandy water stain in Light Brown with Smoke Black Hi-lite. Sealed with Resolene and a lot of patience and swearing. Microraptor tooled and hand painted with acrylic artists paint.
New Specimens of Microraptor zhaoianus (Theropoda: Dromaeosauridae) from Northeastern China
Sunny H. Hwang, Mark A. Norell, Ji Qiang, and Gao Keqin
American Museum Novitates Aug 2002 : Number 3381, pg(s) 1-44
Four-winged dinosaurs from China
Xing Xu, Zhonghe Zhou, Xiaolin Wang, Xuewen Kuang, Fucheng Zhang & Xiangke Du
Nature January 23, 2003 : v. 421, pgs 335-340
Preserved Feathers on the Four-Winged Dinosaur Microraptor gui under Ultraviolet Light.
Hone DWE, Tischlinger H, Xu X, Zhang F (2010)
PLoS ONE February 15, 2010 : 5(2)
OK, not really. Dyeing the bag was actually very fun- I like distressing finishes. Stippling the new formulation of the Tandy line of waterstains is awesome- they layer beautifully. The new hi-lite (replacing the Antiquing) is the most forgiving stuff I’ve ever played with. It even washes off your skin, instead of leaving you looking like you’re developing leprosy. The kicker comes with the finishing. The new formulations of dyes don’t play nice with the old formulation Satin Sheens. How you ask? Well, they sorta dissolve the hi-lite and pull it out off all the nooks and crannies, and redistribute it in pools….really, not attractive. Before you ask, yes, I let the hi-lite cure for 2 days before finishing it.
(And saving the day for the finish was a combination of the old Satin Sheen and the amazingly finicky but tough Restolene!)
Pretty bird! err….dino
I have a bunch of pics for the sewing stage, which is about 1/3 of the way done. I’m off to construct a strap today, and edge finishing!
Both of them
Long one has a pocket for a 5X7 notebook.
The tall one holds a 9.5 6.5 notebook
with room for spiral binding.
Wonderful illustration from the 1850′s.
Coelophysis close up
I left out the stomach contents. This time.
2 pens, a fat marker and a scale bar
The long one for sure will have a place to attach it to a belt. Not sure about the long one yet. I’m going to put straps on both of them, also. Because nothing says cool like a dinosaur satchel.