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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About the Author

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.

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 at Log Cabin Leather by Jan

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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Creating Professional Edges: Handmade Leather Belts

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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How an Original Hand Tooled Leather Design is created on a Leather Belt

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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Hand Tooled Leather Belts: How the color is added to Hand Tooled Leather Belts

to Hand Tooled Leather Belts Before After Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn This week is all about adding color to my Hand Tooled Leather Belts.  There are many ways to add color .  Traditional methods include liquid dyes or acrylic paint.  After many years of experimentation Log Cabin Leather has come up with a great solution.  Watch the video to find out more. The Maker Monday series was planned as a LIVE series on Facebook every Monday.  For some reason I am now having difficulty broadcasting LIVE on Facebook. Maker Monday will be broadcast on YouTube if I cannot get it to work on Facebook. YouTube Did you play Tool Trivia this week.  Did you guess what the tool is called or what it is used for? It is simply called a corner punch.  It is used to round off the corners of leather projects.  I use it on belts to round off the corners at the buckle end. I hope you will join me every Tuesday to play this game.    Just reply in the comment to play along.                                                                       Participants will receive a special offer! Facebook The Workshop Wednesday video this week was a dud.  I tried to record it LIVE on Facebook and on Zoom.  It didn’t work.  In the video I showed the techniques I use to add color to the hand tooled belts.  I discussed how I get the two-tone effects, and what is used to achieve the dye resist.  I took 3 leather strips with the same design and showed how the different dye

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Belt Making; Stories, Demos, Products

Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on pinterest Pinterest This is the story of how I started making belts way back in 1977.  The Maker Monday, and Workshop Wednesday are videos from my live presentations on Facebook. Here is the story of how Log Cabin Leather by Jan began making belts. Listen to the video above to hear the stories of how I got started in leather work, back in 1977, and where I purchased leather.  I will explain how leather hides are purchased and how the thickness gauge, the tool from last weeks Tool Trivia Tuesday game,  is used. Join me Live on Facebook for this weekly series.     Sign up to be a VIP Insider to  get all the information on this series as well as the others mentioned below.   Join here Did you play along with my little game on Facebook??                    This tool is called a                  Belt Stripper. It is used to cut a leather hide into belt strips.  Watch the Workshop Wednesday video below as I demonstrate how this tool is used. In the video above, watch as I demonstrate how the Belt Stripper is used .  I will demonstrate cutting the straight edge on the hide and the belt stripper in use. The hide I am holding above is called a Double Shoulder.  Later in the video I will cut a Double Back.  Both of these hides and the differences between them are explained in the first video above. When I first began making belts, I dyed them all by hand.  Leather is an animal skin and has scars and blemishes.  These can show when the belt is dyed and the dye does

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