I suppose if you search far and wide enough you could
find the pattern to make a leather wallet from scratch,
but why go to all that bother? If you don't get the
holes lines up perfectly and each piece cut just right,
it'll be a mess. Leather wallet kits are made in bulk,
precision cut by machine.
Leather Wallet Kits
If you've been curious about
making a leather wallet, it's much easier than you think.
Buy yourself a leather wallet kit and you're off to
the races. Novaleather.com has a great selection of
leather wallet kits, and practically anything you can
imagine in leather crafts. A quick search online for
"leather wallet kit" will give you lots to choose from.
There are tons of pre-stamped
designs to choose from, so you should be able to find
something to match the leather wallet theme you're looking
for. Some designs even come with a blank area to let
you stamp your name on it.
If you want to design the cover
of the leather wallet by hand, you'll need a few tools
and an idea of how to stamp the pattern. If this is
your first time, you might want to talk to somebody
about which tools to start with. There are a lot of
stamping tools available, but you only need a few to
Here's a quick "how to" guide
to give you some ideas.
Preparing The Leather Wallet
The ideal condition for stamping
is leather that has been wetted, and then dried until
it is cool to the touch. Success depends upon accurate
placement of the stamp, and correct pounding of the
mallet. A lighter mallet works best on small, delicate
impressions and gives more control than a heavier version.
Sharp blows leave a nice, crisp impression in the leather.
The leather should be a darker
brown color at the bottom of the impression. Make sure
you hold the stamp firmly on the leather so that it
does't wiggle when you're pounding it. Practice makes
perfect here, like anything else in leather working,
do some samples first and get a feel for how much pressure
you need to exert with the mallet.
The leather wallet cover you
get in the kit is thick enough to make leather wallets
that are quite attractive with the embellishment of
various stamps. Seal the leather wallet or any other
small leather items you might want to make with Super
Sheen leather sealer for a protective barrier that protects
against moisture and stains.
Stamping the Leather Wallet
You simply wet the leather, place
alignment marks on the leather so that you know where
to place the stamp, and then pound the design of the
stamp into the leather. Use the skin side of the leather
for stamping rather than the flesh side. Try out your
stamping skills out on a scrap piece of leather first
to get a feel for it.
Tools to Use
* Mallet (lighter for more delicate stamps)
* Board on which to pound the leather
* After wetting, make sure the
leather is allowed to dry until just cool to the touch
* Position the stamp over the leather exactly where
you want it
* Hold the stamp firmly when pounding with the mallet
* Use sharp blows of the mallet for crisp results
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