Bob Blea

Contributing Member
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About Bob Blea

  • Rank Regular
  • Birthday 06/21/1967

Contact Methods

  • Website URL

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Fort Collins, CO
  • Interests
    Leatherworking, cooking, my kids.

LW Info

  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Floral Carving and notebooks.
  • Interested in learning about
    Case making, saddle making
  • How did you find
    web surfing

Recent Profile Visitors

15,152 profile views
  1. Floral Card Wallet

    Thanks for the compliment and your right it would have looked better to make the stitching groove and then color the leather. In this case it's just an antique on leather with no resist, but I could have easily saved the antique step until after it was assembled and I had made the groove. That would have made a better overall finish.
  2. A small item for the house

    Nice simple design. I like it!
  3. First leash

    I like it. I've thought of trying to make one of these too. Yours turned out great.
  4. My First Project

    I think you did a pretty good job!
  5. Floral Card Wallet

    Thank you very much!
  6. Floral Card Wallet

    This was a small card holder I started near the beginning of this year. It was mainly to test dyeing techniques that I was going to use in a custom order I had for a large 8x11 notebook. I liked how the dyed flower came out but I never finished this up until just recently. I finally added the back pocket and stitched it all up and posted it to my Etsy site. Minimal card wallets don't get much more minimal than this! I like how it turned out and I definitely need to be using more color with my carvings.
  7. Floral Carving Minimalist Wallet

    Wallets don't come much more minimalist than this. It can hold a couple of credit cards or an ID, or it can be a nice business card holder too. The front is a simple floral carving and I used this also to experiment with some dyeing techniques. This was recently posted in my Etsy shop.
  8. Thanks for posting this. I've had the same problems with trying to glue fabric to the flesh side of leather. I'm looking forward to giving this a try!
  9. I use Oxalic Acid to clean mold of leather. It's stronger than vinegar so I'm a little more confident it's really killing off the spores. But I've never tried it on suede. I've used lemon juice and it works well, but again I've never tried that on suede either.
  10. How I make Wedding Ring Boxes

    I'm always amazed by the level of craftsmanship and detail that goes into making something like this. It is just fascinating!
  11. How I make Wedding Ring Boxes

    Thanks for posting, this is great to see.
  12. Sheridan study

    I think your pattern looked pretty good and so did your tooling. Too bad about the dye though. I don't know why it would do that. What kind of dye was it?
  13. Sheridan study

    Dragonfly your basically right about the 'S' shape. The other shape you will commonly see, though not in belt designs because there isn't enough room, are circles with S shaped flow lines connecting them. That is more common on larger projects like notebook covers where there's more room. Regarding background area, there isn't a set rule that I'm aware of. It's a matter of personal preference but bargrounding (which is traditional in Sheridan style) can be very time consuming and many people can't stand it, so it makes sense to create as little of it as possible. I think what you have in your drawings looks pretty good, but I really try to keep my background areas pretty small. Bob
  14. Best Product For Resist Dye?

    Not stupid at all. RTC is a product made by Bee Natural Leathercare. The full name is RTC Sheridan Resist and Finish and it's used as both a resist for antique and a final finish for leather projects. A lot of people swear by it. I have a bottle but I haven't experimented with it yet.