|Project materials and samples|
No awl? No leather punch?
Okay, we have hammers and nails. And we have scissors.
And we have both time and persistence.
|It's always a good time to use real tools.|
Now, the holes are a mite small, even with large nails, and we do wish we had real tools for leather working, but unless a donation comes down from the art gods, it isn't going to happen this year.
Making them was a fairly simple process. I needed a one-period project that would allow a handful of students to finish up their tessellations from before vacation, and making leather cuffs fit perfectly into our time frame.
Students used paint pens (like DecoColor or Sharpie Paint) to draw designs on the smooth side of the leather.
On the ends of the cord we put a bead to keep it from pulling back through the hole, and then tied a knot to hold the bead. This technique makes the cuffs highly adjustable in size. To wear it, you just tie the two ends together.
|Looks amazing with that henna!|
|The metallic sheen is a silver paint pen.|
|So cool, right? I want an armful.|
|Check out that long double-wrap cuff.|
It's so satisfying to make artwork that is tangible, wearable, and cool.
If you have any great ideas for leather projects RES artists might enjoy, please share them!