I am the happy recipient of a bunch of leather upholstery samples. I've been scouring the internet to find new and unique things to make with them. Flowers. Who doesn't want leather flowers? The only problem is that most of my leather is brown. Who wants brown flowers? Frantic internet searching solved my problem.
Cut out two roundish pieces of leather about 1.5" and 2" in diameter. On the back, draw 5 circles for petals and cut some leaf shapes.
I cut out my shapes and used acetone on a paper towel to remove the finish from the leather. It took off some of the dye as well.
Allow the acetone to evaporate as it is flammable, then pick up your flower shape with needle nose pliers and hold one of the petals over a candle flame (backside toward the flame) until the petal curls, which happens in just a few seconds. Repeat until all of the petals are curled.
I heated the edges of the leaves to make them take on a more organic shape.
At this point you have a matte finish on your leather - very unleatherlike. The leather police swear by leather finishers, neetsfoot oil and all of that special stuff. I had butcher's wax. I'm sure anything would work including carnuba car polish. I slathered some wax onto my little pieces, fully intending to hand polish. Instead, I heated the wax with my heat gun and much to my surprise, the unbuffed wax took on a nice sheen.
Fold the flowers and leaves into quarters and snip off the corners to make small holes.
At this point you have a gorgeous leather flower to put in your hair, add to your shoe, your lapel or tie around your neck. All for the price of a couple of little bottles of acrylic paint you probably have in your stash already.