If you like doing arts and crafts, perhaps making jewelry or leather accessories you know that having the right tools and supplies makes all the difference in the end results. Often you can make due with inadequate tools or some old supplies you have laying around but planning and getting the right stuff in advance sure makes those projects more enjoyable. Arts and crafts should be enjoyable and a stress reliever so you surely don’t want to add to your stress when you sit down to work on a project.
I’m glad you’re reading my article and I hope that I can give you some information you find enjoyable and informative. Recently I’ve done some projects that I found enjoyable and rewarding and I got an opportunity use some products that you need to try out for yourself. The one product is Gilders Paste, it is really a great product. It works really well for coloring a variety of surfaces; metal, wood, pottery, clay, wax, leather and even gourds. You just need to make sure the surface isn’t too smooth. If it is then the surface will need a little preparation with fine sandpaper or steel wool. The colors and shades that can be created are amazing, you can apply several coats with different colors to achieve just about any look you can imagine.
When you are working with leather crafts you will want to get some Fiebing’s Leather Dye. It is comes in a large variety of colors and can be applied quickly and easily. It can also be found in the professional grade for deep penetration and colorfastness. It is no surprise that it is such a popular product with all skill levels of leather craftsmen. They even have an institutional dye that is water based so it is safer with younger children (think Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts), or nursing homes or detention centers. Depending on your needs Fiebing’s Leather Dye, Fiebing’s Institutional Leather Dye or Fiebing’s Professional Oil Dye should satisfy your needs.
Armed with the right supplies and tools you can make many types of crafts. Belts, purses, wallets, bags, jewelry, clothes or whatever you can imagine would be better if it’s leather. One recent item I made was a bag or satchel with some decorative buttons that I colored with some Gilders Paste, which I also used for some accents. The Fiebing’s Leather Dye is what I used for color dying the leather initially. It is really very enjoyable to create something from just plain raw materials. It gives you a great feeling of accomplishment once you are done. Some other leather working tools that I used was a lace cutter for the laces I used to join the pieces of leather. Of course one of the most important tools involved was the hole punch for leather, I couldn’t imagine how long and hard it would have been to accomplish the task of punching holes in the leather for laces without that leather punch. Having the right tool for the job is essential!
When you are looking for inspiration and ideas trying searching for leather craft images in your favorite search engine, you’ll be sure to find hundreds or more examples of other peoples creations. Leather working tools and supplies are not that expensive so it’s a great craft and hobby for just about anyone. Good luck and happy leather working!