This article has been created to give you the opportunity to
browse through a leather workers vast array of tools. Some of them may be strange or confusing; all
of them are definitely medieval looking.
The article will contain a brief selection of tools that I use most
often however there is a much wider range of tools and devices on the market
for leather work.
Hint: Good quality tools are always an asset and
should last much longer than their cheaper equivalents.
Round Knife (A.K.A
The round knife is a good versatile knife due to its
shape. There are varying sizes of round
knives, however this is t... » Read More
The Finishing Touches
One of the unique things about The 13th Realm is
that most of our items are hand sewn / hand laced or possibly both! In this weeks’ blog I am trying to give you
an insight in how to the lacing is created as well as what items we can create
using each technique.
I try to make lace in house as much as possible as it
impacts directly on the final quality of the piece. Making lace of the same colour and material
as the main project or as a complimentary colour opens up a wide range of
possibilities in terms of form and colour.
Using custom made lace or cord that fits the project perfectly will
enha... » Read More
One item in the catalogue that has enabled me to bring
leather into the 21 Century is the iPad. This 21 Century piece of
technology can be damaged easily, 100% leather is strong and durable and can
protect the iPad from wear and tear. Below
is a step-by-step guide on how the iPad covers from the 13th Realm
When picking the leather I need to use in any project I need
to think about what the finished item will be doing. I needed leather that would protect the
iPad, allow easy access and have good tooling properties so I picked 6 oz.
vegetable tanned liveoak leather. This
leather has a lovely smooth light grain to... » Read More
Outside of leather I am interested in all forms of art from
paintings to sculptures. A couple of
years ago I had the urge to create a piece of art that would also be
functional, but what? One day, after
speaking to a friend of mine about a book she was reading I was inspired to
create something from that world for her.
To make it work various techniques had to be employed.
I made and sculptured three types of clay feet and left them
to dry. After they dried they were suspended
into a container. Using moulding rubber
that I had melted in a pan over a low heat until it went from a cube to a liquid;
I filled up the con... » Read More
To begin this journey I thought I would talk about the types
of leather I’ve come across, so far!
There are numerous types of leather used in my creations and
until I started working with leather I really didn’t realise just how specialised
it was. Selecting the wrong type of
leather can wreck a creation if you haven’t thought it through, so it makes
sense to spend that extra time before you start your project thinking about
what you want the creation for and how that will affect your choice. Below is a more detailed description of the
main types of leather we use and what we create using it. The first two are the main ty... » Read More
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