Printing on Leather
I love personalizing leather and playing with leather, so I'm going to show you my two favorite ways. Um, so let's, make sure this is turned on, so this one was one I just started playing with recently, and this is an old I collect vintage photographs of people on quilts and so this's an old photograph that I scanned into my computer and printed. Now you confined printable transfer sheets at a sewing store craft store, but for leather experimented with several different kinds and the kinds that you want are the ones for dark fabrics the ones for light fabrics do not tend to work even on light leather like this color, they just don't seem to work as well. So I have one here that I'm going to show you we're gonna price on put it, here we go, here's another one of more people on quilts. Everybody has to have some kind of quirky collection or something, so I'm just gonna so this has just been scanned into my computer. I'm just kind of meeting up the edges. So the thing about the transfer p...
aper and I did put the this is listed in the resource is the type it is, but the thing about transfer paper that prince on dark is that it's going to print the borders of the fabric as well it's not going? This isn't you know, sometimes when you print on things, you get a nice patina or something like this, this is pre claimed, so the great thing about that is it will print photographs of if you've got a photograph of your children and you want to print on it and maybe give it for father's day gift or something like that. It prints the whole photograph, it gets all the detail in there, so let's print on this black notebook that we just made, so you're going to follow the instructions on the package, they're all a little different, but they're all basically the same. So the difference between the type of transfer paper that would go in a light fabric is normally you would lay this down, put the heat on, you would lay face down, you would put the heat on you give it the heat time it really requires, and then you would peel this up, but this is a little bit different, so I'm going to grab what comes in with the paper itself is parchment paper and you're going to need this? You might even want to put something underneath it, just to be sure, but what you're going to do is actually peel this transfer off of its backing, so it feels just like plastic. All right so we're just I just feel that to pull it off so this you don't need any more and then I'm gonna put it a mid position exactly where I want it isn isil family from august of nineteen fifty nine and then I'm gonna lay that part of labor over it and then I'm gonna ply the heat no steam and this is going to require with anything that you're he transferring it's going quite require some pressure and just some you know when I move the iron around you just want a place it and press it we'll see how that looks yeah and there we have it's so easy and that was only and that wasn't even thirty seconds that yeah and it would probably tell me to do a little bit longer but depending on the type of leather maybe this leather's course enough that it just grabbed onto it so yeah so that's a key way to do like pictures of your family and things like that and you don't have to do just leather I mean that just books you can do this on anything that we were playing around when I was doing this with like a luggage tags and things like that it's religious cutting that shape out and adding a tactful teo teo top of uk yeah other colors and in my book there is a project for leather covered rocks which sounds like the strangest thing ever but my father in law has a leather covered rock that he brought home from italy that spent his desk for what my husband says is forty years or so. So it's got this really nice patina, and my husband remembers picking it up when he was a kid, but what we found. So we brought it home one year, and I experimented on how to cover leather with iraq. What we found is that they're great paperweights. Architect loved them because they hold their blueprints down. So, yeah, so if you, if anybody's interested, I give the instructions for that in my book, it's. Pretty easy to do and it's a fun excuse to get outside and go gather some rocks at the beach, which is never a bad thing.
New leather is durable, but costly on your pocketbook and the environment. In Upcycling Leather into Accessories, Blair Stocker will help you find second-hand sources for fine leather and teach you how to transform it into fresh, workable material.
As the author of Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects Into Stuff You Love, Blair is full of helpful tips on upcycling old goods. In this class, she’ll teach you how to make gorgeous new leather goods from old ones. You’ll learn how to:
- Pick the right tools for leather working
- Prep, clean, and cut leather for re-use
- Sew and glue leather pieces together
Projects will include; journal making, bookbinding, tassel making, stamping, and printing – all with leather.
Upcycling Leather into Accessories will make leathercraft an affordable and fun addition to your creative arsenal.