Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Elder Sign Bracelet

Aethermancer brings us this Elder Sign bracelet, made from hand-tooled leather. I like the warty texture of the band, but I'm not familiar enough with leather working to know how it was achieved.


7 comments:

Raven said...

Leather-texturing tools are wielded in a way that looks at a distance like delicate chiseling: you're hammering at one end of a length of steel, and the other end's on your subject material. Your "hammer" may be a leather mallet itself, and the length of steel doesn't end in a chisel-tip, but the work motions are otherwise similar. Just keep the tool vertical to the leather.

The tip will have a flat surface with rounded edges (to keep from leaving tell-tale marks), unless it's sharply shaped like a mark you want to leave -- a veined leaf, perhaps?

Inside that surface, anything carved down into the steel (say, a small hemispherical pit or three) will result in otherwise depressed leather popping *up* into the vacancy (in that case resembling "warts").

Visit a Tandy Leather store, and look at the work samples. You'll get *ideas*.

Raven said...

Though I have to say, on close exam what gets me is that the raised "warts" are whiter than the background leather, and some cluster very close together, which makes them look incredibly natural. Around the star, some of the "warts" have been suppressed by another texturing tool.

If it weren't for their complete absence from the raised areas -- the border, the star itself -- I'd have been prepared to think the texture came with the skin.

Brad Harrison said...

Hi guys,
Thanks for the compliments.
This piece was done on veg tan leather with Eco - Flo water stains and dye. The tooling was done with various stamping tools. The wart effect was done with various sizes of this tool:
http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/home/department/tools/stamps-craftool/6884-00.aspx

Brad Harrison said...

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Brad Harrison said...

Hi guys, thanks for the comments.
This piece was done on veg tanned leather with eco flo water stains and dyes. The tooling was done with various stamping tools including:
http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/home/department/tools/stamps-craftool/6884-00.aspx

Brad Harrison said...

Hi guys, thanks for the comments.
This piece was done on veg tanned leather with eco flo water stains and dyes. The tooling was done with various stamping tools including:
http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/home/department/tools/stamps-craftool/6884-00.aspx

Crowley said...

Brilliantly done! Please tell me I can buy one or two of these somewhere!