December 2011

Oh Deer!

I made myself a little something this holiday season as well – a necklace from one of the antlers of my first deer.

I stretched these guys way out. When the leather is finally finished (still drying in the basement right now, waiting to be sanded), I have a few antler buttons to stitch on to things.

I`ve also got a handful of antler discs I plant to turn into necklaces and earrings in the next few days.

Coming up soon! In the meantime, some new dresses and a skirt over here.

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Santa’s Bag

A trio of belts made for the manly side of a family…

Made with heavy nickel-plated buckles.

And a commissioned painting. Of the Hamilton locale where, almost exactly one year ago, a new couple sprung forth from a bath of beer. Can you guess where it is?

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Utilize This

Jingle jangle. Here’s a mandolin strap I made earlier this month.

I got the word that it’s been received and is thus safe for posting.

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Merry Christmas, Indeed!

What whaaaaaat? This came in the mail Wednesday and I was going to post it yesterday, but wanted to give it its own space.

So that’s my Christmas list taken care of! Huuuuuuuge thanks to the OAC and Wolsak and Wynn Publishers. Here’s hoping your holidays are equally awesome!

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Bits and Bites

#1) Finally finished the last of my Christmas orders. When we’re all back online after the holidays, I’ll show you what everybody got!

#2) Here’s the latest news on the hide in my basement…

…early this morning, I scraped the tanning paste off and greased the whole thing up with two coats of a special tanning oil. In two to six days, it’s supposed to be dry enough to sand and finish.

I’m a little nervous because, while the book and DVD that came with the kit have been very thorough, there has been no mention of what the hide is supposed to feel like at each stage.

I guess I assumed the whole thing would be magically like leather when I scraped the paste off and now I’m worried that it’s too wet. I went back through the book and instructional video and I think it’s actually the appropriate level of damp, but of course, I’ve started thinking back through all the things I might have done wrong – the salt wasn’t fine enough, the paste wasn’t thick enough, the hide wasn’t drained well enough.

I guess we’ll see sometime this weekend.

#3) Here are just a few of the new dresses I plan to list over at Lake and Larch after Christmas…

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