2014 leather bounty

Word press been so gracious to put my year in review together for my blog here. Word press rocks! I love these folks here! Well Google’s done the same and thought I’d share it here too 😉    https://plus.google.com/photos/111653229739213013499/albums/6098780780195735345/6098332644543381106?yip=1&authkey=CJjsnfXR9eSU7AE        Across Leather

Lawrence Carter

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Live to ride bench

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yellow as a base coat then blending the red spirit dyes

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Native Pendleton Design Leather Chairs

My new Leather gig has me very busy! Ernie Apodaca from Oregon now in Arizona and Owner of Northwest Native Designs invited me to be part of the creative process.
Tooling leather for 20+ yrs now and have never been into leatherwork more than now.
Ernie’s Native American from the Blackfeet tribe and what his theme has been based on bringing beautiful luxury furniture life. Ernie builds from the frame up one at time and I now add my creative hand.
We’re featured in the magazine “Cowboys and Indians” this month. Very exciting.
I have a hard time doing the same design more than once. Hey what’s life without spice?
A new blog to follow soon is where you can find some of the most unique luxury furniture here on Earth. 😉Tooled leather@acrossleather.com new castle DE

Tooled leather@acrossleather.com new castle DE

Tooled leather@acrossleather.com new castle DE

Tooled leather@acrossleather.com new castle DE

Tooled leather@acrossleather.com new castle DE

Tooled leather@acrossleather.com new castle DE

Tooled leather@acrossleather.com new castle DE

Tooled leather@acrossleather.com new castle DE

Designs “Across Leather”

About me http//:@acrossleather.com aka. Lawrence E. Carter Jr. 51 years young and “Leatherworking” for me started in the very early nineties. A hobby it was as compared to the welding career starting after high school and trade school “Wilmington Skill Center” i980. Health problems forced me out of my so I thought lifelong career.

Fast forwarding to my actual selling on etsy was Apr of 2012 but a month later decided I was converting my back porch into my new studio. Construction was done(95%) Nov. 2012 that’s when I say I put it in high gear. At least the last 10 yrs I’ve wanted to open a shop. Fear of the unknown in a nutshell.

However I know no failure and when I start something I go full in. Today, I live and breathe leatherwork. I cannot wait to start everyday and without a second thought I go directly to it. Leatherworker has so many facets, capabilities and can get lost in the world of creativity.

I only have the one shop here on etsy. That’s one fear I possess is there isn’t gonna be enough of me to get the work done.  But it’s not work. It only becomes work when you rush or feel hurried. The Zen of Leatherwork is nothing can be rushed and there’s one thing that will happen. It will be ruined. Leatherwork, airbrushing, stitching and as of recent running a sewing machine has all been self taught and a rocky road it was. In my life there was no one to ask about anything. I guess everyones an easy teach when they’re interested in some subject.

Craft shows.., no I never have but would like to. I’ve had my eye set on Brandywine Arts Festival for the last 10 years solid. If I could relive my 1st months here I would of started my Word press.com blog first. Then my Google+ local business page which can be verified with your WordPress blog. WP charges nothing and host you for free. Then all other social marketing can be added to your WP blog and do one post which will go everywhere you like it to. Across Leather on WordPress, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest,Wanelo,Stumbleupon(great views generated)Google+, Linked in is a big one. I’m connected to 1.2 mil there alone. I was sharing ideas with Cathy from Juliano’s Corner and she’s averaging 20,000 views a month on etsy. If you got the time to put the work in…. My saying you get out what you put into it.

I’m very appreciative there is an etsy. It has been my family and many a folk help brighten my day here. For instance Lisa here asking, hey I want to do a post on your shop. I almost fell over. I was like so cool!  I do want say, if you’re reading this. These gals put a ton of effort into organizing our teams and think there should be way more participation from us. They do this to get starting with themselves(2 makes a group) and everybody else more views. So don’t expect miracles when you’re riding the bench. Get up make Treasury, use the color scheme, the aweteam tag. It makes it soooo much easier omg! Marsha;)

Pirate leather accessories you ask?

Custom handmade tooled pirate document holder/passport @acrossleather.com

Custom handmade tooled pirate document holder/passport

Handmade leather document holder. @acroissleather.com A
Handmade leather document holder. A friend of mine asked, can you hand tool a pirate scene on a passport wallet?Hand painted leather work. Having this creation come together was really electric for me and definitely for my friend.  I don’t mind saying, it was the best hand painting I’ve done yet. What do you think?

 

 

Helping strangers with leather work

A question was raised in this leather group I participate in. It’s on Google+ and that’s when I thought…this is great information on leather work and should be sharing it on my blog.The two(2) questions went something like this: I ran into a new issue with a journal cover I was making. Well, two, but one is more manageable.

1. After I dyed, waxed and stitched the journal cover together I went to fold it in half and as I did I got these awful cracks along the spine. The dye is Eco-Flo Pro, with Atom Wax finish. The guys at Tandy were stumped, and said the piece doesn’t feel dried out. Anyone else have any experience with this? Tandy guys suggested I try some of the hide rejuvenator on it. But I want to try and otherwise prevent this for future work.

2. The second issue is with my edges when I’m stitching. As much care as I put into aligning the edges when I glue them there always seems to be some shifting. By the time I’m done with all the stitching the edges will have a millimeter offset. Most instances this is fine, but on occasion I’ll find the separation continue to happen after I burnish the edges. Any suggestions for keeping the edges from shifting?

I thought I could lend assistance to the question and I replied with this:

I only wish I had someone to ask these questions! Here’s my routine to avoid the ill-fated cracking of let’s say a belt, journal….
Cut and glue liner to main body. If to be folded I fold wallet back to closed position almost and install liner. Why you ask? To avoid the wrinkle in middle. Anybody go about that differently? Tool main body, oil and try to keep fold closed rather than open. Punch stitch holes re-wet minimally fold area. Use warm water briskly on entire piece to open up pores to accept dyes, antiques  and the like more evenly. I feel like I’m boring ya’s. Oh, at a fold area no matter what I skive it. It always makes a difference.
The edges….. I always skive them to lessen excessive thickness. The liner I always make bigger than the main body and all interior parts I try to incorporate extra for a one time cut. Uneven edges I sand, scotchbrite pad til you’re satisfied. I rarely use antiques and have never used eco products to date.