Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Mila Handbag Pattern By Charlie Davenport


February’s Flyer featured the Mila Handbag as the Kit of the Month!

Charlie Davenport created a Tracing Pattern that is available for free on the Leathercraft Library, however we wanted to supplement the image with some more in depth instruction.



Decorative Column

1. To begin, cut lines for the decorative column using a swivel knife.  These 4 cuts will run parallel to the left side of the front of the purse and will be approximately 6.5 inches in length.  It is recommended to use a stainless steel ruler to ensure straight cuts.

The first line: Cut a line 1 inch from the left outside edge.

The second line: cut a parallel line 1/8 inch from the first line

The third line: cut a parallel line 1 1/4 inches from the second line

The fourth line: cut a parallel line 1/8 inch from the third line

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2. Now that you have your column completed, it is time to use a decorative stamp to create the pattern.  We used a stamp from the Craftool Floral Stamp Set, roughly 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch in size.  Begin stamping near the top edge and space out the stamps with 1 inch distance between the centers.  Continue to stamp the design in the pattern shown in the picture below.  Create the dotted line pattern that connects the stamps with an awl or pointed stylus.

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3. Using a Beveler Stamp, bevel the inside lines.  You can also bevel the outside lines, or alternatively use a Round Spoon Modeling Tool to give a more gentle rounded edge for the outside cut lines.

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4. Using a M884 Matting Stamp, matte the area to the left of the column.

*Tool Tip – The leather needs to be almost dry when using background matting tools.  If matted while damp, the surface of the stamp can burnish the leather.




5. (Optional) Using a Craftool Hair Blade Tool, run down the centers of the 1/8 inch wide columns to add additional texture to your project.






1.These letters were traced from the Alphabets For The Leathercrafter book.  Using a pencil, trace the letters on to tracing film and then transfer them on to dampened leather with a pointed stylus.  For our design, we used 3 initials and overlapped the letters provide a canvas with more coloring options.


2. Bevel the outside of the letters.  There are quite a few different looks that one can achieve with different Bevelers.  For this design, we used a Figure Carving Stamp on the outside to give a wider bevel and a steep, textured Beveler on the inside to give a steeper bevel.





This design used Blue and Red Eco-Flo Professional Waterstains, White Eco-Flo Cova Color, and Red Professional Leather Edge Paint.

We chose to use the Professional Waterstains for this project because they can provide a more even and opaque coloring.  They are also more rub resistant than other dyes and are less likely to fade than oil and spirit base dyes.

Note: Allow AT LEAST THIS LONG for drying between steps.

1. To achieve the light blue, we mixed Blue Water Stain with White Cova Color to reach our desired shade of blue.  Be sure to mix enough to coat the exteriors of both milled pieces.  We then applied it evenly over the entire piece (even over the letters) with a Pro High Density Sponge and wiped it off with a dry cloth to give the two-toned look on milled leather.


2. Using a Detail Brushes, apply undiluted Blue Waterstain to the interior of the column.

3. Use a paint brush to apply Red Waterstain to the top and bottom letters, as well as the 1/8 inch thick borders for the column.

4. Use a paint brush to apply White Cova Color to the unoverlapped portions of the middle letter.

5. Mix Red Waterstain and White Cova Color to create a mid-tone color to paint in the overlapped areas.


6. With a clean sponge, apply Eco-Flo Professional Gloss Finish to help seal the color in to your project.


7. Using a Crafool Edge Paddle, apply the Professional Edge Paint where the leather meets on the side.  Apply multiple coats for a smooth, rounded finish.



Wednesday, 18 February 2015

EMAO Leather Art Exhibition in Vigo, Spain

The Al Stohlman museum, at the invitation of the Escuela Municipal de Artes y Oficios de Vigo, also sent leather art pieces from its collection to be on exhibition in Vigo, Spain. Leather art from Al Stohlman, Jim Linnell, Charlie Davenport and George Hurst are on display, among other great works from renowned leather artists from Europe and the world

Tandy Leather EU manager Lien Dereadt and Andres Ruiz demonstrated our Professional water stains and Pro series tools during the EMAO Leather Art Exhibition in Vigo, Spain.


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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Adhesives: What To Use, When and Why


With so many types of adhesives, how do you know which one to use when?  We’re here to offer a little bit of insight on this sticky question.


Leather Glues

Eco-Flo Leather Weld* – Leather Weld is a great, general purpose adhesive that is strong and easy to use.  It is specially formulated for bonding leather, however can also be used to bond with cloth, wood, chipboard, and paper.  This makes it very popular for book binding and a variety of other multi-medium projects.  A benefit of Leather Weld is that it is moveable when first applied, so you have the opportunity to adjust your project in to place, and dries flexible.  The bond is permanent once allowed to dry for 24 hours, however it is not as strong of a hold when moisture remains.   It is also recommended to apply pressure to the joined surface until dry.  Leather Weld may be diluted with water if a lighter application is needed.


Tanner’s Bond Leathercraft Cement* – Very similar application and use as the Leather Weld, however Leathercraft Cement is ideal for youth crafts as it is faster drying and has less of a scent.



Contact Cements

EcoWeld Water Based Contact Cement* – One of the primary differences between glues and contact cements is in how they are applied.  To attach your leather pieces, you will need to apply the contact cement to both surfaces and let it air dry until it is sticky enough to bond to itself and stay on its own.  The benefit of this is that you do not have to clamp it, however the bond is not adjustable once positioned.  Allow to dry for 24 hours to get the optimal bond.


Tanner’s Bond Craftsman Contact Cement – This is a low V.O.C. solvent based adhesive, however it does not contain some of the chemicals considered hazardous in other similar adhesives.  Being solvent based, this adhesive is waterproof, making it a popular choice with professionals such as saddle makers and shoe makers.



Other Adhesives

Tanner’s Bond Craftsman Rubber Cement – Rubber cement helps hold pieces of leather together while you are lacing or putting in linings.  It is adjustable and allows you to take the pieces apart if needed.


Tanner’s Bond Adhesive Tape – Adhesive tape is a very handy two-sided tape that is fast to use and holds projects in place for lacing, stitching or when using punches and chisels.




Adhesive Tip: Finishes on leather can lessen the effectiveness of adhesives.  If applying adhesive to a smooth surface, rough the surface first with a Craftool Pro Detail Rougher or Sanding Stick!


*These adhesives are water based.  Different countries and states uphold significantly varying regulations on environmental standards, however our water based products have been developed to meet the strictest regulations.  Because they are water based, these liquids are non-flammable, however some may ruin if frozen.  Check page 159 of your catalog for a Liquid Symbols chart to know which of your liquids you should store at above 45 degrees Fahrenheit/7 degrees Celsius.

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Introducing TerraFlex!

TerraFlex (Item # 3490-02) is a high quality, natural thermoplastic material that can be used in sheet form or molded and shaped by heat (heat gun, hair dryer, steam, or iron). TerraFlex has two distinctly different sides, each with unique features. The rougher side is typically used for the outer, visible surface of the project since it can be sanded and painted. The other side has a smooth, semi-gloss appearance and contains a natural, heat activated adhesive. When heated, TerraFlex can be bonded onto itself for when multiple layers are needed for adding strength or thickness. Our EcoWeld Contact Cement works very well to cold-bond TerraFlex to leather. TerraFlex is fully recyclable and solvent-free. Scraps may be repurposed by heating them together and rolling them out flat again.



* High quality thermoplastic that is fully recyclable
* Full re-use of recycled material in the same project
* Solvent free processing
* Non-Toxic
* One side contains heat activated bonding adhesive
* Can be cut with scissors or knife
* Can be marked on with permanent marker or pen
* Can be sanded for smoother appearance
* Can be painted



29.5 in x 19.5 in x 0.05 in/749 mm x 495mm x 1.27 mm



The smooth, semi-gloss side contains natural, heat activated adhesive that can be used to bond TerraFlex to itself or temporarily to leather. For a more permanent bond with leather, EcoWeld Contact Cement is recommended.

Required temperature for bonding: Approx 203-212 F (95-100 C)

Ironing temperature: Approx 266-284 F (130-140C)

Note: If TerraFlex has been heated previously, temperature required for preparation may be reduced, shortening the time of preparation.



Store in a clean area, separate from anything that may contaminate the TerraFlex to prevent reuse. Do not store TerraFlex in heated areas, as it could soften and warp the material.



Bag Stiffener
Pattern Template
Lining for Sheaths and Holsters


Thursday, 22 January 2015

Skiving Tip From Stohlman’s Leathercraft Tools

Do you own a copy of Leathercraft Tools? This book by Stohlman is a wealth of knowledge, ideas and techniques that makes for a great addition to any shop!

Here is a tool tip from the book for cutting uniform depth with a skiver!





You can get a digital copy on the Leathercraft Library HERE, or order a hard copy HERE.

Description: Al Stohlman’s complete guide helps you with the proper selection, use and care of tools. Contains usage and sharpening tips for knives, punches, chisels, edgers and many other leathercraft tools. 97 pages.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

3-D Stamp Suggestions & New Tandy Leather App!


We want your suggestions! What types of additional 3-D Stamps would you like to see?

3-D Stamps


Also, download the new Tandy Leather App! You can watch leathercraft videos, shop online and find your closest store, all from this handy app. It is available now for iPhone, iPad and Android!

Tandy App

Friday, 9 January 2015

Tandy Shows The Weekend of 1/9/15

The things you can create with leathercraft are so incredibly diverse that Tandy Leather attends a wide variety of events to serve as a resource for the leatherworking communities.  Here are a few of our booths from shows this weekend.


The Texas Home & Garden Show in Irving, TX

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We have a stamping station set up in the Kid Zone where youth can stamp a free bracelet at this event!


Garden State Outdoor Sports Show 2015 at the Raritan Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey

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Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans, LA



Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

New Years Resolution

Our New Year’s Resolution for 2015 is to start blogging again!

Subscribe to our blog to receive notifications of new posts and check back regularly for new content!  Here you will find show information, behind the scenes interviews, project ideas and much more.

What kind of content would you like to see more of in 2015?




Wednesday, 19 March 2014

NOW OPEN – Tandy Leather Museum & Gallery – FREE ADMISSION

NOW OPEN – Tandy Leather Museum & Gallery – FREE ADMISSION

Museum Hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm CST Monday – Friday.

Tandy Leather is proud to make available to the public, Tandy Leather Museum & Gallery with the All & Ann Stohlman Collection. It is the area’s only museum with such an extensive collection of hand-tooled leather articles. The collection’s most prized leather pieces on display include four saddles, a hand-tooled golf bag, guitar case and “The Brush Popper” leather picture. This is just a sampling of the beautiful leather pieces hand-crafted by Al Stohlman, who is known for his amazing carvings worldwide.

“If you have any interest in leather art, this is a must see.”


Monday, 3 June 2013


4 days away until the Grand Opening of our New Flagship Retail Store at 1900 SE Loop 820, Fort Worth, Texas. Ribbon cutting ceremony at 9am will start the celebration. Hours for the two day event are: Friday, June 7th 9am – 6pm, and Saturday, June 8th 9am – 4pm. 20,000 sq.ft. Large Showroom. Huge Inventory. Leathercraft Demonstrations in the front lobby. Leathercraft Classes in the new classroom (.Friday June 7th: 10am-12pm : Basic Coloring Class w/ Katherine Baker. 2pm-4pm : Basic Tooling Class w/ Danielle Cullen and Nathaniel Mendez (in both English and Spanish!). Saturday June 8th: 9:30-3:30: Purse Making w/ Shaun Robinson (lunch break in the middle). FREE Tandy Tote Bags to the first 100 people in the door, while they last. EVERYTHING will be on Sale! Did we mention DOOR PRIZES?! Drawings every hour!

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