Leather Leaf Jewelry

ALL ABOUT LEATHER LEAF JEWELRY

This weeks blog is all about the creation of my leather leaf jewelry.  I will share the stories of what inspired the collection, why I selected the leaf shapes I have, and how the leaves are created in leather.

Join me next week to learn how the color is added to the leather feather and the leather leaf jewelry.

In this Maker Monday Episode I will discuss what inspired the leather leaf shapes.  Discover which  leaf products were created first and their connection to Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum.

Did you play Tool Trivia this week on my Facebook page?  Each week I post a tool.  Guess what the tool is and what it is used for.  You still have time to play.  

Any guesses what this tool is? 

 Leave your guess in the comments below, then watch the Workshop Wednesday video below to see if you were correct!

Did you watch the video and learn what the Tool Trivia tool is called and how it is used?

It is called a Hair Blade.  It’s main purpose is to make fur look real when carving mammals on leather such as on the pandas shown here.

In the video, I use the hair blade to create the veins on the leather feather jewelry.  If you watched last week’s Workshop Wednesday video you would have also seen the tool being used.

In the photo below the hair blade is used to create the fine feather details.

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The Flashback Friday segment of this blog and also on my Facebook page, is usually as it says , a flashback of products made long ago.  I have only been making the jewelry for a couple of years, so I decided to share some photos from Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, since it is my connection there, that influenced this collection.

The Catalpa tree shown in the lower photo is right next to the space where I set up at the pow wow.

The pow wow is on the grounds of the Indian museum in Warner and is always the second weekend in July.  This year the date is July 11-12.  It is a fun event for the entire family!  I hope you will join us.

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Jan Hibbard was born and raised in Wakefield, Mass. My love of animals and my interest in crafts developed as a child. My journey with leather began 42 years ago as I working on my teaching degree in Boston. Barnes & Noble opened in downtown Boston and I found a book on leatherwork. It mentioned 2 leather companies located in Boston. I went there the next day and I purchased my first hide of leather and a few tools. I made a leather vest which I still wear today. My LOVE of leather was born and it continues to grow.

The Paradise Collection

Share on facebook Facebook Share on pinterest Pinterest Share on google YouTube This week the Paradise Collection officially launched.  It began with a preview party and sale  for VIP Insiders and YouTube subscribers.   The video below is the official Paradise Collection slideshow, and the Maker Monday is the Live Launch video on YouTube.  All of my videos will now be recorded on YouTube.  I am not able to go Live  on Facebook anymore, I’m not sure why, so YouTube is now my official channel.  My YouTube  channel is: Log Cabin Leather by Jan. The Maker Monday series this week was all about the launch of the new Paradise Collection.  I went live on YouTube for the announcement.  Watch the video below. The Workshop Wednesday broadcast this week was a short video about how I came up with the pattern and ideas for the Paradise Collection.  How  patterns for  the handmade leather goods created at Log Cabin Leather by Jan are created was also discussed. Click the button below to watch this week’s  Workshop Wednesday video. Workshop Wednesday YouTube I decided to share this story for my Flashback Friday post.  I have known Bud since the museum opened in 1992.  I cherish every moment I have had the pleasure to spend with him and look forward to more!  Bud and the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum have been a big influence on my life views and philosophy and has influenced much of my handmade leather goods as well. February 23 at 7:25 AM ·   Thanks to the Concord Monitor for visiting us last week! What a wonderful article! https://www.concordmonitor.com/Bud-Thompson-Founder-of-the-… Before the ground was frozen, 97-year-old Bud Thompson was out in the field every day behind the Indian Museum in Warner with a shovel and a pickaxe, prying rocks out of the soil.Each small rock

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Coloring Leather Jewelry

This week’s blog is all about coloring Leather Jewelry at Log Cabin Leather by Jan.   In the Maker Monday video below I describe different methods that can be used to color leather and which of those methods I use on my jewelry and why.  In the Workshop Wednesday series I demonstrate how I add color to the jewelry, and I reveal the answer to the previous days Tool Trivia post on Facebook. In the Spotlight Saturday video I offer several Leather Leaf sets for sale.  The sale is over now, but if you want to know when my next sale is going on, become a VIP Insider and the info will be delivered  directly to your in box. Every Tuesday on my Facebook page- LogCabinLeatherbyJan, I post a Tool Trivia Game. Want to play?  Can you guess what this tool is or what it is used for? The answer will be revealed in the Workshop Wednesday below. Would you like to play?  You can leave a guess below.  Follow me on Facebook  to play this weekly game.   Share on facebook Facebook Share on pinterest Pinterest The Flashback Friday segment of this blog and also on my Facebook page, is usually as it says , a flashback of products made long ago.  I have only been making the jewelry for a couple of years, so I decided to share some photos from Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, since it is my connection there, that influenced this collection. Sign up to become a VIP Insider. VIP’s are the first to get the info. on all my Live Facebook events, Giveaways, New Collection Launches , and Sales. Join Here Jan Hibbard was born and raised in Wakefield, Mass. My love of animals and my interest in crafts developed as a child. My journey

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Leather Leaf Jewelry

ALL ABOUT LEATHER LEAF JEWELRY This weeks blog is all about the creation of my leather leaf jewelry.  I will share the stories of what inspired the collection, why I selected the leaf shapes I have, and how the leaves are created in leather. Join me next week to learn how the color is added to the leather feather and the leather leaf jewelry. In this Maker Monday Episode I will discuss what inspired the leather leaf shapes.  Discover which  leaf products were created first and their connection to Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum. https://youtu.be/FtZEPGCIkxw Did you play Tool Trivia this week on my Facebook page?  Each week I post a tool.  Guess what the tool is and what it is used for.  You still have time to play.   Any guesses what this tool is?   Leave your guess in the comments below, then watch the Workshop Wednesday video below to see if you were correct! https://youtu.be/mWJOyCidCcA Did you watch the video and learn what the Tool Trivia tool is called and how it is used? It is called a Hair Blade.  It’s main purpose is to make fur look real when carving mammals on leather such as on the pandas shown here. In the video, I use the hair blade to create the veins on the leather feather jewelry.  If you watched last week’s Workshop Wednesday video you would have also seen the tool being used. In the photo below the hair blade is used to create the fine feather details. Share on facebook Facebook Share on pinterest Pinterest The Flashback Friday segment of this blog and also on my Facebook page, is usually as it says , a flashback of products made long ago.  I have only been making the jewelry for a couple of years, so I decided to

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Jewelry Making Beginnings

Share on facebook Facebook Share on pinterest Pinterest This weeks blog is all about Jewelry Making.  Learn what influenced and inspired  me and how I learned the techniques to make the leather feathers look so real.   Pow Wow at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Warner, NH Watch the Maker Monday video below to see how the American Indian culture influenced this collection.  Listen as I tell the stories of what keeps me connected. The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Pow Wow is always the second weekend in July ( July 11-12, 2020).  I hope you will join us for a fun event for the whole family.   Facebook

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Handmade Leather Belt Finishing

This week’s topic is how professional edges are created on handmade leather belts from Log Cabin Leather by Jan.  The tools, materials and products used to finish the belt edges to make them smooth and comfortable will be shown.  How my methods and tools have changed over the years will also be discussed. Watch the Maker Monday video below to hear these stories. Watch  the demonstration as the edges are finished on the sample from last weeks coloring demo., in the Workshop Wednesday Video below.   Share on facebook Facebook Share on pinterest Pinterest Did you play Tool Trivia this week on my Facebook page.  This is the tool that was posted. Any guesses what it is used for? This is called a Chicago Screw Tool.  I didn’t expect anyone to to guess the name.  All of my belts have removable buckles.  A Chicago  screw is used to attach them rather than a snap.  This tool hold the screw from turning while tightening it. Watch the video below to see how it is used.   Another leather worker introduced it to me.  I didn’t know what it was, but boy is it a big help.  All my belts come with a choice of buckles, so I am constantly removing the screws to change buckles when customizing a belt.  The Flashback Friday series this week highlighted some of the tools used to finish the edges of belts.   The tool on the left is a bevel.  It is used to round off the edges of belts.  The scraps shown are the pieces removed when beveling. The photo on the right shows two different burnishers.  The white plastic circle is something I used to rub down belt edges by hand.  It is very hard on your hands, and as the quantity of belts I

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Creating Hand Tooled Belt Designs

This week’s topic is all about how the hand tooled original designs are created on leather belts.  What inspires them and ,how I  learned to create them are a few of the topics that will be discussed Watch the Maker Monday video below to hear these stories. Watch as an original hand tooled design is created step by step on a leather belt, in the Workshop Wednesday Video below. Share on facebook Facebook Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on pinterest Pinterest Did you play Tool Trivia this week on my Facebook page.  This is the tool that was posted. Any guesses what it is used for? Most people think the tool shown above are called a compass.  It is similar.  These are called Wing Dividers.  Watch the Workshop Wednesday video below to learn how they are used. In the video below I will demonstrate how a hand tooled original design is created on a leather belt.  Watch as the design is created one impression at a time. Next week in the Workshop Wednesday learn what techniques are used to add color to these belts. https://youtu.be/4K5fj6J5nUw Flashback Friday This week is all about belt making,  shown above you will see some of the original belts I made back in the early 1980s.My Dad loved my hand-tooled leather belts. If you listened to my stories this week, I shared how my Dad influenced my belt making. Many of my original belts were made for him. My Dad passed in 2007, but his belts still live on. The two belts shown are the oldest. I believe the first was made in 1977  or  1978! I still wear both of them. This page is This Spotlight Saturday segment highlights some of the current hand tooled leather belts available from Log Cabin Leather by Jan.  Special

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