Leather is an amazing product that has been used by humans since really, the beginning of man. It’s canada goose black friday sale in clothes, shoes, bags, belts, holsters and really, pretty much anything you can think of can be made from leather.Working with leather isn’t as hard as some people fear it will be, but the craft of it has been around for such a long time, and people have been improvising tools to work with Canada Goose online leather, canada goose uk outlet literally as long as people have been canada goose factory sale using leather to canada goose outlet nyc make things.Going into a retail leather supply store, you’ll very likely wind up with sticker shock when you see how much some of the tools and leather itself costs. My goal with this Instructable is to help you decide what tools you really must have, what you can improvise on your own, and some alternatives to a leather specific retail store for some of your items. Some tools will only be available from a retail leather supply store, like Tandy Leather Factory. My goal is to help you understand enough official canada goose outlet basic terminology and the function of some canada goose uk black friday tools, so that you’ll be able to decide for yourself in advance of you of trying to make your first few items and realizing that you are missing something really essential, or that there is really a better way of doing a specific task and will make your life much easier.There are a https://www.drachen-spiele.de ton of You Tube videos and websites out there that you can visit to learn more about this hobby, but canada goose outlet online uk there are a few I’d recommend you spend the time watching. Below are the top 3 most helpful that I have come across.You TubeStep 1: Leather TypesThe one thing absolutely necessary to leather working is obviously leather. There are many different kinds of leather available to purchase, from veg tan (more detail on what exactly this is in a sec.) to exotics like stingrays. From buffalo to kangaroo, you can buy it and make things out of it.By far, the most common type of leather is called veg tan. The “tan” part of the word “veg tan” refers to tanning, which is the process by which the skin of an animal (after removal from the body) is treated so that cheap canada goose it will not decompose canada goose outlet in usa and biodegrade cheap Canada Goose (rot away and stink to high heaven!) therefore becoming a durable material that can be used to make things from. In the “olden days” I believe they used brains, urine and salt to complete that process, but now use chemicals that are vegetable based, which is where the “veg” in “veg tan” comes from. The veg tan that is available for purchase from Tandy Leather Factory and other suppliers is generally from cows. There are 2 sides (like a coin) a skin or finished side, and the flesh (suede) side where it was previously attached to the animal.It is in an unfinished state, meaning undyed, and generally quite stiff, which is why you’ll find it either laid out flat or rolled when you go looking for it in a retail setting. You cannot fold canada goose outlet shop veg tan for storage because with this unfinished state, canada goose jacket outlet it would permanently crease.You canada goose outlet online can do many things with veg tan, like dye it to a color of your preference, stamp it (using a metal implement struck with a mallet to impress a permanent image on the leather) sew it, brand it (burn an image or design into it) and tool it. Tooling is a multi step process of cutting and stamping custom designs into veg tan that uses both positive and negative space to create the image. It is a VERY hard thing to master, because one misstep with a stamp and a mallet, and you can permanently flaw your design. However, tooling in the way of the masters of this craft, is not necessary to creating a leather item. Many items use no canada goose outlet toronto factory tooling or stamping at all. But if they do, they cheap canada goose started as veg tanned leather.There will be canada goose outlet canada many different qualities among veg tanned leather. The lowest (and therefore least expensive) will be thin and will also have marks on the finished side, where the animal may have been branded or have scars where the animal may have sustained an injury at some point in it’s life. There may also be scars from bug bites that will be visible, or have holes in it where it was cut away from the animal. The highest quality hides (and mot expensive) will be unmarked to provide the most usable surface with the least amount of flaws.Veg tan leather is generally also sold by weight, which can be confusing because “weight” does not mean how much physical weight it has (like you would measure with a scale) but rather the thickness of the leather. The lower the number, the thinner the leather. Typically, you’ll find them grouped as 2 3oz, 4 5oz, 6 7oz, 8 9oz, and so one, Canada Goose Online up to about a maximum of 12 14oz, which is a very thick Canada Goose Jackets leather used for saddles or ultra rugged items. Naturally, the thicker the leather weight, the heavier the actual hide will be. I know that particular definition of what “weight” meant confused me in the beginning.Finished leathers are generally tanned in such a way as to make them more supple and will most often include dyeing to a specific color as a part of that process. Think of garments, wallets, purses, upholstery and similar. There are other finished leathers that are quite stiff, like buffalo, but I’ve not used them myself, so I won’t be referring to that much since it is outside of my personal knowledge base. Many of these finished leathers are referred to as “chrome” tanned, because chromium is used in the finishing process. Many times, “chrome tanned” or “chromed” leather is used to refer to all finished leathers.Finished leathers can be very heavy, but most that are designed for upholstery or garments are not very thick (usually between 2 to 4oz) and are sold by sides (half of a cow) rather than by weight, and the smaller units you can buy for a veg tan project, like bellies aren’t cut that way on finished sides because you need the entire side to get large enough pieces to canada goose upholster or make a garment or bag.You cannot stamp, dye or create impressions very well, if at all, on a finished piece of leather, because much like adding a shellac or varnish to a stained wood, finished leather also has that “protective” element on the skin side, which is what makes it “finished.”For anyone interested in more details on the tanning process, I refer you to Wikipedia:NOTE: I am not attempting to explain every different kind of leather possible here. There are a gazillion possible combination of animals and finishes to attempt to list or define every one. Only you know what your finished product looks like in your head, goose outlet canada so you are the only one that can decide what leather will work with your project.When you are buying veg tan, there are different parts of the animal that are sold: sides, bellies, shoulders and more they are different sizes and shapes. I refer you to Tandy Leather Factory’s definitions and am including a photo from their catalog to explain it. (I assume since they are sponsoring the contest and the photo is credited to them, they won’t mind me including it here.).
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