Lesson one…working with leather is not going to be quick and easy. I really didn’t think it would be, but I can always hope. I’ve mangled a few embossing folders and scrap pieces of leather experimenting with how much pressure to use in the rolling mill.
I do love the texture and it has stayed put. Some have told me that this embossing technique would only work with untreated leather…that it would ‘bounce back’ after a few days. I think I can still use parts of this piece for earrings. I saved you from seeing the truly mangled embossing plate. It went right in the trash.
Lesson two…Leather is totally fun to play with! Being so cheap using these scraps, I’m not a nervous wreck to try out stuff or afraid of ruining it, because I no doubt will have more failures. And failures mean more lessons to learn. Right?
This bracelet isn’t what I’d expected, but I love it. The impression is too light…again learning to use the rolling mill. It was a thicker piece of leather and a ready-made bracelet for a $1.50. Mr. Ray had a basket of them by the checkout counter. May need to go get some more of these babies. The metal hole punch worked pretty well. I just stretched the holes a bit with an awl to accommodate the leather cord. Tied on this purchased bracelet bar and added some drops of hypo-cement for security. Ready to wear.
In fact, it’s a keeper! On my wrist right now.
P.S. Love this phrase…It is well with my soul… From an old, beloved hymn written by Horatio Spafford, who was intimately acquainted with tears and tragedy.