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Painting leather… October 26, 2017

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More experiments with leather yesterday.  I’m having too much fun when I should really be giving full attention to inventory for some holiday markets.  Hoping these add some new interest for those returning shoppers.

This first one was dabbed with acrylic paints in lilac, turquoise, and old gold. Then stamped all over with StazOn ink.


painted cuff


painted cuff 2


And this, embellished with a gorgeous Vintaj Dragonfly and a carnelian nugget.

dragonfly cuff


This bracelet was embossed, then painted with a mix of acrylic paint and antiquing medium.  Rubbed with a paper towel when almost dry.

With more Vintaj beauties.

green cuff


This last one, is a piece of one of my husband’s old leather belts.  And you guessed it!

Another Vintaj pretty.

old belt leather


              Two more cuffs made from pieces of the old belt…giving it a new life!


flower cuff


hoplite cuff


Thinking I need to hit the thrift stores for some more leather belts!


12 Responses to “Painting leather…”

  1. debra freeland Says:

    Love your new entrance into leather. Will be great for Holiday Bazaars.

  2. lesnours Says:

    I like it a lot, especially from the green bracelet.

  3. Sarajo Wentling Says:

    These are so cool! When you cut your husband’s belt, did you need to do anything special? I’m intrigued!

    • Hi, Sara! No nothing special…just a pair of good scissors. I did use a rasp file to smooth out the curve on the ends. Then, an Xacto knife with a new blade to cut the slits for the leather thong closure. Fun and easy! Neatsfoot Oil is a great product to use on leather. Darkens, conditions, and preserves leather. I also used some Renaissance wax as an alternative to the oil. Liked this too.

  4. jewelsofsayuri Says:

    Lovely 🙂 I used to teach Leather jewelry 2 years back and remember playing with paints, cut outs and different finishes on leather

    • Welcome to my blog! It’s nice to hear from others who have experience with leather, as I am still in the exploration mode. Any tips are appreciated!

      • jewelsofsayuri Says:

        I think you are doing great. I used to work with leather a lot until 2 years ago and would be happy to contribute in any way I can

      • I did take a look at your vivid, intricate leather necklace designs! Impressive…and I do have a couple of questions if you would be so kind… what kind of paint did you use? And did you use any type of sealer to protect the finish? Thanks so much!

      • jewelsofsayuri Says:

        You can use Fabric paints, acrylic paints and even Patina inks on leather. You can varnish (artist’s varnish) them if you want a shiny finish by it might become sticky in humid weather. Usually the paints do not need sealing but if you are particular then you can use Modpodge. I domed my necklaces with resin for a glass like finish. Please email me if you have more questions

      • Thanks so much for your tips…gives me some definite ideas!

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