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Leather Carving tiny tutorial by dragoon811 Leather Carving tiny tutorial by dragoon811
Yes, this looks crappy. I have paint, not fancy photoshop skills. :D

I did this because it seemed like fun.. and when I thought about doing a big huge one, the more I paled at the length of time it would take to do so..so I did it on the small tooled piece I'll be using on my toolbag. :)

Enjoy!!!!!!

especially you, :iconwinnietehpoohie:
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:iconkirisosha:
KiriSosha Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very useful
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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KiriSosha Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :D
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lajvio Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I like this. I would have loved to see what tools you work with, and more about how you do this. I would so love to learn how to craft in leather.
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
Tools I work with are here:
[link]
bevelers, pear shaders, swivel knives, stylus, modeling tools, backgrounders, etc. (There's alot of tools, some with different sizes)
[link]
Also a mallet, and I use jeweler's rouge to strop (sharpen) my knives.

If you want to learn, there are alot of wonderful resources on the forums at LeatherWorker.net
There are also free tutorials from PaintingCow.com

:)
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lajvio Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for that information! :D
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!!! :)
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
This deviation has been featured:
:star: Stock Treasury #3: Leather
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! :)
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znow-white Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
Your wonderful tutorial has been featured here.[link]

Thank you for providing the gallery with such awesome Resources.:heart:
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Why thank you!
And you're quite welcome. :)
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znow-white Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
:hug:
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WolfTraveller Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
thank you for this tutorial. I'm just starting to try carving with leather and this will help
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! It's not an awesome tutorial by any means.... if you have a local leather store, try going there, see if they offer classes. If you're in the US, a chain of stores called Tandy Leather Factory is good... also, a Painted or Painting Cow is a good site. :) (can't remember which it is....)
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WolfTraveller Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
I know about Tandy Leather Factory........too well ;) Going there tomorrow hopefully. To look over some of their books. I checked out the site you mentioned [link]. Thats not a bad site. Thank you
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You're quite welcome anytime, Wolf!! =D
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very cool tutorial - it might be really helpful in the future, thank you for making it!

Just a question, though, as I have done no leather working stuffs ever ^^; ~ for prep, you say you wet the leather? Just with water, or a solution of something? Also, any place you recommend getting tools?

Thank you very much again - this is really a great tutorial for something I've been afraid to try for the longest time ;P
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! I'm no pro by any means lol.... just was asked to share so I did.....

Yes, you just wet the leather with water.... as you go, you'll learn when your leather is too wet, too dry, or perfect. :)

As for tools.... if you're in the USA, there's a chain of stores called Tandy Leather Factory (tandyleatherfactory.com). I go there, and most stores can and will teach you to get you started. :)
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WrenchMan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
as for how much water to use, Mist the leather with a squirt bottle. I the leather feels cool to the touch, its wet enough. if your tooling rebounds (the leather begins to return to its initial form) then it is too wet.

It takes some practice, but will come in time.
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh believe me, I know. :)

My version lately has been to wet it evenly then wait til it's how I want it - I'm using kit leather atm and it dries out too quickly if I do the water lightly.
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, excellent! We live near to the Tandy Factory, I can't believe I forgot about that! I'll definitely go talk to someone there, and see - thank you, again, for the tutorial - it's definitely given me the motivation to try it :D
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, anytime!!
And I may not be a pro, but I'll help out if I can. :)
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winnietehpoohie Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's a great guide! now i think i understand more why it's difficult. ^^
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
lol a video would show more but... yeah...no patience. :-P

and thanks for the fave. ;)

as I told diaboso.. that carving is a square inch in a 1.5inch wide, 2.5inch long piece of leather lol.
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winnietehpoohie Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ooh that's pretty small, i think. *imagines* 8D, i hope to see the dyed version >w<
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I should scan n post lol
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winnietehpoohie Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i hope scanning doesn't lose any of the colours ^^
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
dunno it's pretty good about color..bad about conveying depth tho.
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:iconwinnietehpoohie:
winnietehpoohie Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if you have to, use photoshop or any digital imaging software to colour correct. ^^
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:icondragoon811:
dragoon811 Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I've got Paint.
neener! lol
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diaboso Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
D: awww I enjoy it every time.

its a very good tutorial.
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks... not the same as a video..but that would be a little..long lol
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diaboso Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
well its still good :3
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
lol thanks.... i just finished dying and painting...
to give an idea how small it is... the kanji is about a square inch in a 1.5inch wide, 2.5inch long piece.
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diaboso Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
:3 cool. D: can I make a leather request? your last one you made for me was so nice
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
lol at this rate I *should* start charging....then send people the finished piece lol.... got 5 to do atm... what were you looking for??
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diaboso Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
:3 well if your busy ill ask latter. and im not above paying...do you have paypal?
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Alas, I do not!! lol
I may have to set one up eventually tho.. Arlo thinks that together he and I could turn this into a business.
What kind of piece do you want done? We can talk now...Just because I have 5 lined up doesn't mean I can't take a look at another project... heck, arlo's working on my tool bag, a lacing blank, a purse for his sister.... lol
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zarsh009 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
hemm, boy, i love one of those:)
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :)
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