Sunday

Leather Key Catcher

I have some leather upholstery samples that screamed "Father's Day Craft". I had read that wet leather moulds very well so I thought I'd give it a try .
You need leather, a bowl and rubber bands for this project.
I had read that the hotter the water, the more malleable the leather becomes. Ever the over achiever, I stuck my leather in a pot of boiling water. Heat causes leather to shrink. (oops) In this case, it was a happy accident because it also thickened the leather. I pulled my leather out of the pot, blotted it with a dish towel then stretched it over my inverted bowl and secured it with rubber bands. 

I let it dry overnight.
The next morning I made sure that it was bone dry and removed the rubber bands. To help stiffen it and make a finished look, I painted 4 coats of amber shellac on the outside and the inside.
 After the shellac dried (thank goodness shellac dries quickly because I am not a patient person), I placed a rubber band back on the leather and traced around it with a black marker.
 I cut it out as carefully as possible.
This adhesive backed copper tape is usually found at better nurseries and is used for slug control. I cut a piece large enough for the circumference of the bowl and cut it in half lengthwise as I felt it was too wide. I carefully stuck half of it to the front of the bowl and then folded it over to the inside. 

If you can't find the copper tape, almost any hardware store has aluminum tape for a leather/silver look.
I placed it back on the inverted mixing bowl and burnished the tape with a spoon. I removed it from the bowl and burnished the tape on the inside with the spoon also.

Not only does this look cool, but it dampens the sound of keys hitting the top of your expensive credenza.


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