Sunday, December 28, 2008

Process Revisited

To wrap up the year, I am going to repost some of my favorite or most popular articles from 2008. This was my opening post from back in February. Enjoy!

One of the questions I hear most often about carved leather items is, "How long did it take to make that?"

Not an easy question to answer. Every project has its own demands, and each is a creation unto itself. I rarely work a piece from start to finish in one burst; there are waiting periods for drying at different stages along the way, and I usually have several pieces going at the same time. Work on one while another is drying...

First is drawing and cutting.

Next I add texture.

Then it is carved in...

Final steps are painting by hand for brilliant color, then several different steps of finishing products to enhance detail and add protection and background color.
The whole process took many hours, but I think it was worth every minute!
(The sharp-eyes among you will notice that the finished belt with full color is not the same one in the carving examples (different leaves; directional flow is different) -- consider this proof of two things; like i said, more than one project working at a time and even with similar patterns, every handcrafted belt is a unique creation!)

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