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Two new holes punched, one keep replaced, and two more added. . Fix complete. I always love to see good pieces of kit returned to service. . They’re never quite as perfect as day one, but the slight imperfections add character in my books. These will lighten up as the dye dries completely, and this purse will be heading out travelling in Southeast Asia with it’s owner. I’m happy that even just a little bit of my handiwork will be making the jaunt across the pacific. . #Reduce #Reuse #Recycle #Repair #The4thR #Leather #Leatherwork #LeatherWorks #leathercraft

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I have a confession to make. I am a hoarder of raw materials. I’ve always been able to visualize the end product by looking at the components, but I consistently run in to the same road block when it comes to producing. Making the first cut, the first mark, or the first stroke of the pen is, in a word, terrifying. I constantly struggle with that little voice in my head that’s asking “What if you do it wrong? What if you mess it up? What if you don’t have enough material left to start again? What if it’s crap?” The voice, is a jerk. The beauty in making is in the process. The shaping and movement of familiar materials, and the exploration of those that are new. It’s taken years to realize that the final product will be what it is, and that it will always be better than a pile of stock sitting on a shelf. I’m continually inspired by the incredible makers who share their successes and failures daily and I shall endeavour to share mine with you as I progress with various projects. I hope that this will inspire you, too, to be creative. Oh, and…This little strap is destined to be a new collar for @meetmancha #Maker #Making #MakeSomething #MakersLament #craft #LeatherWork #MetalWork #Glasses #DIY #DoIt #GoOutAndMakeSomething #Confidence #BeConfident

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Perfect fit! Skiving leather is the process of shaving away the back of a piece to make it thinner. There are a variety of reasons you’d want to do this to a work piece, but in this case, I needed to make a loop to feed through a clip that you’ll see later. When the leather meets itself again, I wanted the thickness to be equal to that of the body of the collar on the left. I’ve always hated the inconsistency that I get with the variety of hand skiving tools that are available so I picked up a leather spitter from @tandyleather that made my life far easier. With one pull, the splitter achieves a clean, even new thickness that’s repeatable and fast.. money well spent! . #Leather #LeatherWork #DogCollar #Making #Maker #MakeSomething #Tandy #Loop

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