Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Wallet Card Case with Charlie Davenport

Wallet Card Case

by Charlie Davenport


PATTERN: Wallet Card Case Pattern

Make a tracing of the case pattern on a sheet of tracing film that is at least ½” larger than the case design itself. Cut the leather the same size as the tracing film. Dampen the entire surface of the leather on the grain side. Place the tracing film over the leather and fasten with tacks or tape to your work surface. Trace the design with a stylus or modeling tool using a ruler to assist in all straight lines (Fig. 1).

Be careful not to draw the lines past where they need to stop. Once the tracing is complete, remove the tracing film and go over all the lines making them deeper and more pronounced. If there is to be tooling, this is the time to use the swivel knife to cut in the design as I have done here (Fig. 2).

Using a rounded modeling spoon lightly bevel the swivel knife cuts starting with the borders (Fig. 3).

The next step I stamped down the background using the A104 and A104-2 background stamps. I also used the S631 seeder for the flower centers as shown (Fig. 4).

At this stage, turn the leather over to the flesh side. The background areas and the outlines of the design should be visible. If any of the outlines are not visible, re-bevel that area with the rounded modeler. Once all the lines are visible on the flesh side, take an ink pen and trace the burnished lines of the pattern, this will help on the next step of “Repoussé” or embossing. Now using the ball modeler tool in one hand, and the leather (grain side up) in my other hand I started pressing down on the leather making sure to stay inside the pen lines (Fig. 5).

After all the raising  work is done with the ball modeler, I “painted” on Leather Weld glue onto all the areas that were raised and let dry thoroughly (In hind sight I would have mixed dryer lint with the glue to make a better plug) (Fig. 6 & 7).

After the glue has dried, lightly re-dampen the grain side of the leather. Using the rounded modeler I re-beveled, and rounded off all the cut lines (Fig. 8 & 9).

While the leather is still lightly damp, I applied Eco-Flo Mahogany Antique Gel to both sides. I apply the stains while the leather is still damp to eliminate the streaking that sometimes happens when stains are applied to dry leather. While still damp, take a bone folder along the fold lines of the pattern on the flesh side of the leather. Allow to dry, apply sealer and let dry again (Fig. 10).

Glue a liner to the inside and cut out the case (Fig. 11).

Using a Size 7 Overstitcher and an awl haft w/ diamond blade to prep the project for hand stitching (Fig. 12).

The thread I used is the waxed Nyltex, this a five cord thread. I split the thread and only used a single cord for this small project, and completed the sewing using the saddle stitch method (Fig. 13).

Another small project completed that can be done in a day.

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