Sunday

Autumn Leaves

I have so many brown scraps of leather which naturally brought to mind the leaves of fall. 
I cut out an oak leaf shape, soaked it in lukewarm water and massaged the water into the leaf until the leather was completely saturated. I blotted it dry, placed it on a paper towel and began pinching the vein shapes. Since I am not a patient person, I stuck it in a warm oven for a few minutes until it was dry. Be careful as a hot oven will shrink the leaf.
Next, I cut a simple leaf shape and wet that one as well. This time I took the back of a table knife and scored all of the veins. I had to do it a number of times as the leather kept softening and losing the indents. Finally I folded the leaf and held the fold until it "took" then unfolded and shaped it.
 The edges of the leaves were a bit hairy so I gently passed them over a candle flame. this melted the little bits of excess leather and slightly curved the edges.

I'm thinking of appliquéing them onto a purse. What do you think?


40 comments:

Suzan said...

Very good idea! I have some leather scraps as well. Think I may have to give this technique a try!

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Oh these are fabulous! I think I may have to give it a try! Thanks for the oven tip too...I'm impatient as well!

Lynda said...

These are beautiful!! Yes, adding them to a purse, a belt, a jacket would be great. Thanks for the idea.

PB said...

I think you are a genius!

Japolina said...

Those are fantastic!

Alicia Louise McKitis Tremper said...

Very cool...I think a purse would be a perfect home for these lovelies.

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that is awesome! seriously!

Alyssa Sorenson said...

Love this! Would be perfect use for scraps! Thank you!

Brittney said...

I think I need waaaay more leather in my life. This is great! Especially the part where we're, like, twins because of "I'm not a patient person." Bingo. I want things done, and I want them done NOW. Seriously, though. Love these leaves.
-Brittney
http://smartgirlstyle.blogspot.com (my shiny new blog. Leather-free thus far, but just you wait. One of these days I'm going to drape a chair with leather and give all the credit to you. Come on by if you'd like! It's a good time over there. At least, for me it is. My husband thinks I'm probably not as funny as I think I am sometimes...)

Jana@Transformations From the Heart said...

These are wonderful! Seeing the little thumbnail photo, they look just like real leaves so I just had to click to see. I think they would look great on a purse. Look forward to seeing what you end up doing with them.

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

Wow these are so awesome and unique! Great project.
Lina

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