At SLC, the love for humorous narrative is as essential to our business as leather! Kevin has always loved telling fanciful stories that highlight how interesting the world could be with a touch of imagination. These days, he doesn’t grace us with as many as he once did, but we got lucky this week.
Each week, Kevin personally picks out a Flash Sale item for customers. This week, he decided on an exotic pack that has such wild patterns, he just had to tell a story. Keep reading to see just how a brave little corgi was able to save the world.
While on vacation in the wilds of Arkansas, Oscar and his owner, Emma, stumbled across a potential disaster for mankind. While sniffing around the local nuclear power generator, Oscar disturbed a large herd of extremely poisonous mutated lizards! Being intelligent, as well as being a natural herder, Oscar realized the danger and quickly scurried around and began herding the rascals toward his owner who was across the valley on top of a hill.
In a flash, Emma realized what was taking place, and quickly used her cell phone to notify Kevin and Rusty of the need to save mankind. Kevin and Rusty promptly hopped in the SLC helicopter and rushed to the scene to find a very tired Oscar herding the dangerous reptiles in a circular manner. With their Leather Disruptor Stun Ray Guns set to “terminate” they quickly dispatched the venomous critters as they raced past and provided Oscar with a much needed and much deserved rest.
Rusty came up with the brilliant idea of skinning the large Reptiles, and after skinning and tanning the hides to their surprise discovered that they had in their possession some of the strangest, uniquely patterned and beautiful lizard skins imaginable!!!! Anxious to make these rare and valuable skins available to leather crafters across the country, they quickly directed the crack marketing team of SLC to offer them to the public at prices that are just too good to pass up!
Now with all of that being said, there’s another story about finding a bunch of these things in part of the warehouse that hadn’t seen the light of day for a couple of years, but it’s not as interesting.
Hello there! Which leather are you referring to? Anything on our website’s homepage should be something we have in stock. Some listings for colorful or patterned leather and suede will mention that some folks use them for jewelry but plenty of things could work! Let us know which leather you’re referring to and we’ll see what we can come up with.
You do need the speed reducer with the servo motor and everything that you need comes with them. The only thing that a servo motor does is slow down the speed… it has no strength, or torque, at low speeds. The speed reducer (more accurately called a torque creator) does that for you. Those old clutch motors like you have are a killer!!!
Making it hard like a board is usually done at the tannery. But you can make veg tanned leather pretty hard by soaking it in very very hot water, and then drying it in hot sun. you can repeat if necessary. Drying in an oven also will work, but that becomes very tricky…
If you’d like to stamp or carve the leather, you’ll want do that part first. After you’re done, you’ll need to let it dry. Then use the hot water. I think that you need to experiment first, and I think that you’ll need to allow for some shrinkage. You may have to try drying it in an oven, but you’ll have to use low temperature, and watch the results carefully, otherwise the leather can become brittle.
We are so excited to finally announce the launch of our CarveRite craftaids! These poly patterns will make an impression on your leather and your customers. These handy aids make hand tooling your work a breeze with raised designs that work like a pattern in a convenient two-step process! Durable and reusable, they’re a crafter’s dream and now available from Springfield Leather Company.
Today, we’ll be showing you the quick and easy process of getting started, plus all of the things you’ll need to get your finished product. Each CarveRite comes with a page of instructions very similar to the ones you see here.
Lay your leather flat and use a spray bottle to moisten the surface. The amount of water you’ll need to add depends on your leather among other things. It takes some practice to figure out how much water you need – just be careful to not get the leather soaking wet! You can always add more water later.
Step 2 – Line up the CarveRite
Place the CarveRite on your leather ensuring that the textured side is facing the leather.
Step 3 – Make an impression
Rub a modeling spoon or another burnishing tool evenly across the back of the CarveRite, making sure to cover all of the design’s lines. This will press the design into the leather.
Step 4 – Trace Your Design
Remove the CarveRite and use your swivel knife to carve the lines imprinted on the leather. Finish up with standard tooling magic methods.