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A4 leather envelop case

A4 leather envelop case

I have many of fetishes, and envelop is one of them.  I thought, why not try to make one with leather. Here’s a latest prototype – looks good I think !

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Leather Story

 

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Leather Hippo Mat inspired by Gerd Arntz

This is my latest product – a Leather Hippo Mat by an ISOTYPE by Gerd Arntz. 

I didn’t realized that the concept of visual communication was developed so many decades ago.  I have recently found out that it was pioneered by Otto Neurath. The work was significantly contributed by Gerd Arntz.  In my determination to continue the legacy of Otto Neurath, Despite the fact that some of Gerd Arntz’s pictograms are over eighty years old, they haven’t lost any of their strength.  Gerd draw more than 4000 ISOType in his career, I have decided to choose a this hippo icon.

This is a hippo drawn by Gerd Arntz as part of the “nature” series.  It’s just totally so cute !  I have decided to use it as a keyboard-mouse pad.  It’s also ideal as table mat.

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If you arrange it nicely, there’s even a place for a cup !

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This is Otto Neurath (1882 – 1945) – Austrian philosopher of science, sociologist, and political economist.  Neurath created ISOTYpe, a symbolic way of representing quantitative information via easily interpretable icons.

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This is a picture of Gerd Arntz drawing “unemployment”.  You may find more of Gerd’s work @ http://www.gerdarntz.org/

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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Leather Story

 

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Key ring

I have some left over nude color leathers, and decided to make a key ring as a gift to my childhood friend.

Here’s a leather strip long enough to emboss her name.  I invested on an embossing letter set, and I will be getting it soon.  I am so excited. I have been waiting for this for 2 months now.  The fonts will be about size 14. I think big enough to be visible.

On the leather label, I have  carved a small edge, just to give it a bit of frame.  Will need to burnish the edges to give it a better finishing look.

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Here’s a key ring to go with it.

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Here’s a selection of findings… decision, decision – which to choose…Image

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Leather Story

 

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Toiletries Bag Prototype – Dopp Kit / Sponge Kit

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My thumb and index finger are extremely sore from stitching the leather paper bag.  I decided to try something different, leather lacing that doesn’t require any stitching using the needle.  

To begin with, anything small 6mm width leather lace would require a needle prong.  I am trying to avoid needle for the time being.  Perfect timing to try out leather lacing that I have wanted to work on some time ago.

Here’s something I managed to make in about 3 hours:
– cutting the paper template
– cutting the leather
– punching the hole
– lacing up

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The back side of the kit

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Inner part

The inner part seems a bit “raw”, but I guess this could do. I didn’t cut off the left over lace, it could be useful to just tie my jewelries about.

Designing the closing of the flap is tricky:
– should i use magnet ?
– clasp
– buckle?

I wanted to give it a more harmonious look, and decided to try making a leather buckle…  This is made by rolling the leather of a 20cm length (5cm to 1cm funnel width).  I guess it’s not too bad.

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“Buckle”

This is how it looks like finally.

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Next experiment – different lacing technique.  I sill have to figure out the cornering.

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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Leather Story

 

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La Papier Sac – My Paper Bag (Ultimate shopping bag)

The Ultimate Paper Bag

I keep most of the paper bags (& plastics too) from my shopping.  For plastic bags, it’s easy to recycle them as garbage bags, except for those nice plastic bags from Apple shop.  For the paper bags, that’s a different story – I just like to keep them for their beautiful design and quality.  I mean, who throws away Louis Vuitton paper bag, or the paper bag of the presents given to me, … Alright, I admit it, I am obsessed with paper bags, and papers.

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Over the years, you can imagine that I have accumulated lots of paper bags.  Some less nicer ones, I have used them to recycle glass bottles, clothes, or just given away to people who need them to put stuffs.  I still have lots of paper bags that my husband is getting annoyed by the space it took up.  He started calling me The Bag Lady :(.  I hate to agree, but he’s right.  I do have too many of those paper bags.  IT’s hard decision, but I will have to do it … I have decided to give away most of my precious paper bags away, keeping some of the dearest ones.  However, this doesn’t solve the problem – I will keep shopping, and I will still end up home with more shopping bags.

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Here’s an epiphany!  I will make a paper bag out of leather!  This is perfect solution.  There’s not one paper bag that I can recycle over and over again.  Plus, they wear and tear.  What am I going to do during raining season?

I did a bit of research and turned out that there are some branded leather shopping bags – Chanel, Loewe, Jill Sanders.

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None of them has what I have in mind. I want something that resembles more like a brown paper bag.

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After Christmas, I made an early New Year resolution – rid of those paper bags (they are half gone now), and design a leather paper bag that I can use over and and over again when I go shopping.

Deciding on a size is a bit hard.  There’s no off the shelf decision making options.
– how big ? not too big, the bigger it is, the more things i will stuff in…
– landscape or portrait ? portrait – easier to take things in and out, and shopping will not pile on each other

I spent 2 hours drawing and cutting the template, and is just excited when i started to cut the leather.  I think it will look good.

Cutting those jagged edges is a bit challenging. Luckily, I have chosen a very durable leather, and the edges will stay in shape.

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Sewing the bottom is the hardest part of this project. The punched holes have to match exactly.

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The bottom is finally finished.  I will an additional bottom hard piece on the inside to further strengthen it.

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The body is finally finished.  It was hard work stitching them, I choose smaller hole size and gap between each holes – harder to poke the needle through, and more stitching to do.  I am sure this bag will be very sturdy.  I am very satisfied, both the interior and exterior looks like a paper bag.

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I am taking a rest – fingers are sore from all the stitching.  I know… Normally, people would make the interior pockets and straps first.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Leather Story

 

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