Whew, it took me all day! The actual number of hours I spent on it will not be reflected in the price because a lot of the roundabout ways I came at finishing things off were due to my own ridiculous mistakes.
Say hello to the Panning for Gold Cuff.
This is the same design I came up with for the Firth River Rocks Bag (I have yet to finish). In this way, I guess you could say it’s based on that particular river, but I like to think of it as a composite of all the Yukon rivers I’ve known – Pelly, Mackenzie, Teslin, Liard…
Hmmmm. I’m starting to think I’ll have a hard time letting it go if it does sell, but…
…here are the details anyway. I hand-carved and tooled the design into a thick strip of veg-tanned leather (2.5 inches in width). I hand-painted the rocks and river, then coated everything with a layer of resist and stained the centre a caramel colour.
The veg was treated with leather protector to give the tooled portion of the cuff the glassy gloss of still water.
Hand-stitched, with waxed linen thread, to a soft piece of deep burgundy leather.
Gold nuggets dropped down its length. Brass snaps to fit an eight-inch wrist. Shown here on a six-inch wrist.
I originally meant to do this as a single strip of veg leather, but consulted my sketches only after the tooling was done, thus realizing (too late) I had meant to carve an edge around the river. Something about a borderless body of water looked wrong to me (less river, more flood?), so I sewed her on to the burgundy backdrop.
All this to say, there will be a cheaper option in the shop in the coming weeks – one without the stitching and with the intended border instead.
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