April 15, 2011

Rolled leather

A few shot I took during the making of this tubular rein.

The strip is only creased, to provide a stitching line on both sides. Due to the nature of this work, burnishing and coloring would be useless at this point. Here's the stitching phase:

I soaked leather into the water before stitching. Small core cord is not glued.

After the stitching, I proceed with usual finish, starting with beveling.

But before that I used sand paper on the edge, for making both sides even.

At this point I soaked again leather in water for a few seconds, applied a layer of saddle soap and passed through the rein-rounder.

After the rounding phase, edge is almost done: alcool dye and acrylic finish and le voilĂ !

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