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Leather Craft (Early Adulthood)

Leather Craft (Early Adulthood)

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How to Pin Pressed-in Studs
Pronged studs are pressed through materials and bent flush to ensure hold.
Adding studs to a DIY project can add the perfect amount of toughness or edge. Studs with prongsare the most secure and durable for fabrics or materials that see a lot of activity or wear. Studs arepinned and pressed into clothing, leather jewelry and accessories, and upholstery; pliers are thenused to secure the backs of the prongs to the item's material. Studs come in a variety of shapes,styles and sizes and can be applied in minutes.
Instructions
 Things You'll Need
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FabricChalk Measuring tapeStudsPliers
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Determine the desired stud pattern. Use the measuring tape and chalk to equidistantly space andmark studs along the pattern.
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Place a stud over the chalk marking. Press the stud prongs through the material you're using so theprongs are exposed on the other (back) side.
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Use the pliers to bend the prongs inward, toward the center of the stud. Bend all prongs flush to theback side of the material, ensuring attachment.
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Repeat the stud-application process for each marking in the pattern.
 
How to Gild Leather
Gold-leafed leather books are kept for generations.
For centuries, a leather book gilded with gold leaf has been a symbol of elegance, good taste andprestige. There were fears the skill was dying in this era of paperbacks and e-books. However,today's collage artists and craftspeople are keeping the art alive with the creation of limited-edition,handmade books and boxes and leather jewelry decorated with tissue-thin sheets of true gold leaf or modern, more cost-effective alternatives. And, while the traditional methods relied on heat andpressure to attach the leaf to leather, today's modern adhesives make the process simpler.
Instructions
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Gold (or other metal alloy) leaf sheets Wax paper or small plastic bagFoundation sizingTacky glueTweezers Artist brush or cotton swabsDull knife, such as a butter knifeCheesecloth, or other lint-free cloth Wax or clear finish
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Spread out a large sheet of wax paper or a plastic bag to catch the bits from the fragile gold leaf sheets. The leftover bits can be collected for other projects and stored in a small plastic bag.
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Copy your design to the surface. You can create a solid graphic with the gold leaf sheet or easilytear or cut it into small narrow pieces to mix with other media or create wispy effects.
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Dye or paint the leather and let it dry thoroughly before attempting to add leafing. It should be thelast step before finishing the project.
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Spread a layer of sizing only in the areas where you will be applying the gilding. This will allow thetwo different media to more firmly adhere. Remove any excess by flaking it away when dry so thatthe gold leaf will not accidentally settle in an area that is not part of the design. Use a small stiff brush to lay sizing in narrow spaces.
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Apply the tacky adhesive over the area with the dried sizing.
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Use tweezers to place a sheet of gold leaf on wax paper; if you need smaller pieces, cut it with abutter knife or tear it into pieces.
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Lay the gold leaf over the areas to be gilded. Tweezers are useful if you are applying only a smallpiece of leaf such as a letter for a monogram.
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Press down gilding uniformly. A cotton swap can help push it into tight, small spaces.
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Start to buff gently with the cheesecloth. Once you are sure that the gilding is in place, buff morefirmly. Be careful here -- too firm and bits may come off.
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Add a wax or acrylic top coat.

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