We are here with a hobby suggestion that will feed your passion for both producing and constantly gaining new knowledge: Leather Craft.
In this period, when we found plenty of time to close to homes and travel with ourselves, interest in the Leathercraft hobby also increased. In our globalizing world, you are also interested in this field, which has managed to come from past to present by preserving its craftsmanship values, but if you do not know where to start, this article series is for you!
In this article, which is the first of our series where you can find detailed information about “Recognizing Leather“, “Recognizing Hand Tools” and “Sewing Saddlery“, let’s talk briefly about where and how you can start before going into the details about leather.
You can find a lot of starter kits on the internet the moment you decide to take action, but deciding what you want to produce before you buy will both get the right materials and prevent you from buying products that you will never need.
Do you want to make a simple minimal leather cardholder, an organizer to keep your notebooks and pens together at your meetings, or do you want to make leather accessories such as leather trays and leather belts to decorate your home or jewelry cabinet? At this point, determining your needs and taking action will save you a lot of burdens, as we said. Available on sites and brands where you can find patterns of models you like. In this way, you can concentrate on developing your hobby, which loses time in the design phase.
In our globalizing world, you are also interested in this field, which has managed to come from past to present by preserving its craftsmanship values, but if you do n
The next step will be to provide basic materials such as a utility knife, ruler, punch, cutting mat, wooden boxwood, sewing needles suitable for sewing, and waxed thread to be sufficient for the beginning, and deciding on the type of leather you will work with for your project.
We determined our model, we also made a list of the materials needed for getting started. So, what are the types of leather you can work with and which leather should you use for which project we have compiled in short and detail for you?
It is common to use these two skins, Vegetal, and Crazy leather.
Vegetal Leather: It is the production of calf leather with vegetable tannins by the traditional tanning method. Since vegetal leathers are produced without using any chemical materials, there is no known harm to human health. It can be colored with natural dyes and this leather can be used in its raw form.
Crazy Leather: It is the most known and used type of oily leather. When you try to bend or scratch the Crazy leather with your hands, you will see that it changes color very quickly, and then when you rub the color change with your fingers, it regains its old color with the help of the oil layer on it.
Vegetal leathers are harder than Crazy leathers due to their structure. This hardness difference is important for the project in which the leather will be used.
Projects such as bags, wallets, cardholders, the keychain can be easily done with both types of leather, but someone who wants to make a belt should use vegetal leather. Crazy leather is softer, so it is not suitable for making belts.
• The ideal thickness for small projects is between 1 mm and 1.4 mm
• The ideal thickness for medium and large projects is between 1.5 mm and 2 mm.
• The ideal thickness for arch projects is between 3.6 mm and 4.2 mm
In our second article, we will be explaining what leather hand tools you can use to start, how to use them, and where you can get them. You can reach us on our Agulla Design Instagram and Youtube account and ask all your questions.