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  1. 10 hours ago, Laska said:

    They don't look bad at all, perhaps a bit plain, though. Adding a bit of wood stain to bring the sticks up to match the color of the leather would tie the entire product together, making it look more complete. The rose looks great, but I would suggest adding a small amount of darker dye to fill in the background, so that the edges of the artwork are clear. (It could just be due to your camera, but through the Internet, the red and green dyes seem to get muddled into the brown leather.) Another thing that might be worth trying would be to play with the shapes. The ovals are a safe bet, but what about if they were more like a four leaved clover? A shape like that could be manipulated to look like butterfly wings, or a classic, cartoony hair bow shape.  I couldn't resist making an example. Please forgive the unpolished look and massive notes; my eyes have been over worked lately so I can't commit to staring at an art file for any great length of time. (It's completely fine to use this as a template for things that you sell. Please don't share the pattern outside of the forums, or claim it as your own.)


    Thank you for all the great suggestions you have no idea how helpful that is!! I am even worse at "photography" than leatherworking haha, I have the ability to zoom in and out and that is the extent of my skills in that department. I've thought about the butterfly but could never picture the HOW since butterflies are so thin in the middle but seeing your example has been kind of an ah ha moment! I have zero experience with any type of computer aided art programs and do all my quote end quote patterns by hand. Then try it out with leather, sometimes it works a lot of times it dosent and I have to figure out the WHY it dosent. Not always a positive experience. Thank you for permitting me to use your template!! If I can figure out how to use it I just may. I'll probably have to screenshot it and try drawing it out and see where it takes me. 

    Thank you again for all the help you've given me!

  2. 13 minutes ago, Laska said:

    Another tip, if you're still considering products to offer, would be to invest in some wooden sticks as an alternative to metal clips. Hair sticks are pretty popular, and I've seen some neat combination sets that include sticks and a leather patch, usually by way of a slot carved into the leather, or by adding tiny straps to its back side. If you're any good with wood, you could carve them yourself from some smooth holly and add an authentic "100% handmade in America" tag to your products. (Little things like that encourage me to open up my wallet and support local artisans.) I don't even wear hair accessories besides my hat and bandanas, but if I come across a pretty little art piece made without imported hardware, I might buy it just to help out the seller, and use it to decorate my room.

    I have these as well, not particularly thrilled with the end results if I'm being 100% honest, so I wasn't really planning on posting them but reading tour comment it seemed relevant so here they are, lol. The sticks I actually did hand carve. I think they might be oak but can't say for sure. I was lighting the woodstove and did a double take at the kindling box and said hmmmmm, I wonder if...and that's where that thought lead me too. Safe to say they would be considered handmade for sure! 



  3. 9 hours ago, Laska said:

    These are beautiful. One tip I'd offer, if you're interested, would be to make something with a cat eyes theme. People love cats, especially if they could also pass as dragon eyes. If you have any rhinestone studs, they could be a low-cost trick to improving salability. Adding rhinestones to the corners/border, or as an accent for flowers, would make them more visible if your vendor space isn't very well lit. They'll reflect whatever light they can catch. It's a small thing, but it's worth playing with. Best of luck out there!

    Wow I never thought about adding "bling"! Or the eyes either,  if I'm being honest, lol, thank you for the suggestions!!

    9 hours ago, Hags said:

    Coasters do well also. Nice work!

    I've got a small batch of those as well, thank you for suggesting them, kinda makes me feel like I know what I'm doing....(not really, lol, I'm pretty much clueless)

  4. 1 hour ago, MarshalWill said:

    I thought about that but I still might want one so I'd better hang onto it.

    I'd feel the exact same way, but hey if you ever finding yourself in need of the extra room it's taking up, shoot me a message and let me know!! lol

  5. 17 minutes ago, MarshalWill said:

    I have one but I've never used it. I bought it one time when I thought I might have a use for it but found out I didn't. So my only experience is that it doesn't take up much drawer space. LOL

    Lol...ummmm, wanna get rid of it??:lol:

  6. 42 minutes ago, MarshalWill said:

    That might do you well. It would take some practice but you'd soon find the best way to use one on feathers.

    I don't know if you have any experience with those blades, BUT, if you do would you be willing to share? I've seen both steel and ceramic blades and don't know which would be better??

  7. 7 minutes ago, MarshalWill said:

    Those look good. I agree with @DieselTech that the feathers and sunflowers should be the most popular.

    Thank you. Well I guess that means I should invest in one of those "hair" blades I've seen for adding the detail to the feathers, trying to make a bunch doing each and every line one at a time would not be a very good "time management" idea 

  8. 5 minutes ago, DieselTech said:

    Nice work. They look great! I think your feathers & sunflowers will be the hot seller. Or at least my favorite.

    Thank you!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

  9. I've been trying to get ready for craft fair season and coming up with some inexpensive things that 1, don't take a huge amount of time for me to make (like hand stitching bags) and 2, that people might be willing to impulse buy for lack of a better word. That being said, I have to sell products to pay for supplies, booth space and everything else that I'm sure you already know and just wanted to get some feedback if you are willing. As always, thanks for looking. 


  10. 10 hours ago, Handstitched said:

    Thank you very much :) I have also done  a few bee smokers as well . 

    My apologies to @Chux for hijacking his thread . 


    No need to apologize whatsoever. Been a bit busy myself so I've neglected checking on the post, but that being said those bellows are NICE!! 

    Bee smokers you say...hmmmm, now tou gotta show those! 

  11. 20 minutes ago, Handstitched said:

    Will do :yes:  The ones I saw quite a while ago ,  the wood was a mess  almost  completely rotten in some places. . It was case of ' head v's heart v's bank account ' ;) Some more will come up one day no doubt. 


    Looking forward to seeing your work on them!! Yeah I can relate with you on that point. Unfortunately bank account seems to win hands down!

  12. 5 hours ago, Handstitched said:

    Theres something very satisfying  about bellows.  Great job on that, and ' repurposing'  materials too  :specool:

    I enjoy restoring them . Got another on the bench atm ,  to be started :whistle:. On  my bucket list is to restore some black smith bellows, nearly did a while ago,  I had my eye on them,  but they were a bit too far gone. 


    The most satisfying part is seeing those coal just GLOW and not getting lightheaded hahaha!!

    It was a fun project, not gonna lie, but would have been less aggravation with the proper tools to get it done. I've seen some blacksmith bellows when I was getting inspiration for these and some of those a just massive! Post pics of the ones that you're working on, if you don't mind. I'd love to see it!!

  13. 2 minutes ago, DwightT said:

    That's pretty awesome!  Way back in the day Tandy used to have a kit for a bellows.  I made one for my brother.  It had a tooled leather piece on the topside (opposite side from the valve) instead of carved wood, and while it was probably easier to build than yours it didn't look anywhere near as cool.  Nice job.


    Thank you! I didn't even know Tandy had a kit like that, might have to work on my goog-fu and see if I can find out more...

    Tooled leather...hmmm I would have never even thought about going that route. Perhaps I'll have to give it another try and go that way

  14. 26 minutes ago, TXBob said:

    Very nice work! I like the carving.

    Thank you! I wasn't able to get the carving as complete and refined as I had in mind, since I got a quarter sized blister on my palm and decided I was good enough and that's where I came up with "rustic" part of my design. 

  15.  Happy new year to everyone here and thank you for the interaction and lessons learned since i joined! I've been wanting to make this for a while now but never seemed to get around to buying the supplies that I needed. That being said, I decided to just wing it and attempt a prototype. I scrounged some pallet slats and glued them together, then I RE-glued them since I don't have any actual woodworking tools such as clamps, let alone a planner, joiner or bandsaw and so had to make do with what handtools I had available. Having those would have made this process much, much simpler lol. Anyway the body is the aforementioned pallet pieces, the nozzle is from a former ceiling light that I straightened. The plan was to keep it simple and basic, but nooooooo I couldn't do that!! I attempted carve it and make it pretty, not so much haha but not gonna lie I'm pretty happy with it since it works and I won't have that light-headed feeling anymore. Besides, that, I've invented a new "style"...I'm calling it "RUSTIC GOTH"!! 

    thanks for looking! 




  16. Thank you. I can't take any credit for the design though it's their artwork I just tried to copy it so it looked good. You see variations I see mistakes,lol, but I'll try and see it from your point for now on. Variations are a way better way of looking it things. Thank you for pointing that out, I feel kind of stupid for not seeing it that way myself...

  17. I made a few appointment books for a new tattoo studio( full disclosure, two of the three co-owners are my daughters) made tattoo machines that slip on the pencils, just because that was the "vision" I had in my head when I thought of it. I'm not a huge fan of doing multiples, simply because I feel lucky if I can get one thing to look good, let alone more than one to be identical. New shop will of course have new keys so made each of them a keychain as well. To be honest the whole thing made me think about lazer engraving. I kind of don't feel like it's "cheating" anymore just a different tool. If it ever comes down to being able to get one, I might just remake them so that I feel that they are good and not just good enough. Thanks for looking 


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