is not difficult to obtain bags of leather offcuts, and when
leather bags or garments wear out you can give them a new
lease of life. You don’t need much leather or materials
to create a whole jewellery box filled with fun and fashionable
There is a page near the front showing you what you need to
obtain, and most of it (if not all) you will already have.
A rotary hole punch, awl, good cutting out scissors, eyelets…
nothing too expensive or hard to obtain for many of the pieces.
However, for some more crafted items tools such as leather
glue, leather polish, a polymer mallet and the stamping tools
are rather more specialized. It depends on what you want to
make and how far you want to take your leather craft. There
is something for all levels and tastes from wet forming leather
to cutting simple strips, plaiting, rolling into beads, fringing,
stamping and polishing. Pieces include necklaces, rings, chokers,
bracelets, cuffs and bangles. Most are bold, chunky items
in natural shades or bright colors that are sure to catch
the eye and have a modern appeal. Each project has a full-page
picture plus materials and written instructions. Patterns
are not needed for the simple shapes and neither is a lot
of jewellery-making knowledge. It is great to see a book on
a subject that does not get much coverage that is so beginner
friendly and easy to use.
If you cannot find a good range of leather crafting materials
locally try www.searchpress.com
for a list of suppliers.
Paper Panda has a website with materials at www.paperpandacuts.co.uk