To apply the leather to the table, start by piping Liquid Nails® adhesive onto the table top. Then set the leather on the Liquid Nails® and rub it around so the Liquid Nails® is spread under the leather.
This project needed extra color for my taste so I painted the tint onto the scrolling with an acrylic wash of color. Make sure that you are using a wash rather than using the acrylic color straight. You want the color to penetrate the leather.
When starting the back ground, punch in around the cuts first then punch in the rest of the area needing background texture. Make sure the tool that you are using is perpendicular to the leather.
I use the shader as I would use a paint brush. On this project I want to sink the middle of the scrolls so that the outside edges of the scroll appear to be higher.
When you start chiseling the leather, make sure that you follow the cut lines exactly or you will end up with a sloppy looking project. Hold the chisel perpendicular to the leather to mound the leather on each side of the cut line.
These are the leather tools that I will be using on this project. From left to right; angle chisel, medium pear shader, small pear shader, small mottled back ground tool and large back ground tool.
Wet the leather before you lay the vellum on it to trace the design onto the leather. By wetting it the leather becomes pliable or soft which will accept the tracing marks.  After you have traced the marks onto the leather go over the marks with a stylus to make the imprint deeper. [2,3] Note: Before you start the cutting process make sure that the design is exactly the way you want it because once the leather is cut there is no going back. Continue reading
The table is now cleaned up and painted bronze. I have cut a piece of untreated tooling leather which will now be designed to fit the room in which it will reside.
Since the room it’s going into has an eclectic and rather masculine feel, I’m going to design some scroll work to enhance the rugs in the room. The leather piece has been designed using a piece of vellum. This is the commercial vellum not the animal skin. Continue reading
I really like unique furniture! Thrift shops and second hand store are often a treasure box filled with pieces that I find interesting. This piece was found in a second hand store. I picked it up for $25.00, Found out who the maker was and was shocked at the deal I made with the store owner. Granted this piece is in rough shape but that just makes this project that much better. Continue reading