Saturday, October 23, 2021

Saturday Mix

Hi Everyone!
The other day I asked if anyone knew what this is.
There are some interesting guesses. Wood scraps, beat noodles, and 2 people guessed leather scraps. That is correct. This is skived leather scraps that will be used for doll hair later. For those of you who don't know what skiving is here are some photos. 

 There are several different types of skiving tools. I found this one to work best for me. Heavy metal with a sharp blade.

 With some pressure pull the skiver towards you to remove  layers of leather. This makes the leather not so thick and easier to work with.

But I am getting ahead of myself. I enjoy working with leather more than other mediums. Right now I am working leather sculptures for a show next May. Leather should be wet to properly work with no matter what you are creating. For me it starts like this.

 A pot of water with some white glue. I don't always use glue but for this leather I do. Do not allow the water to go over 120°F

 When the leather is ready it's time to skive and bevel the edges.

 Being careful not to go too deep on the leather. Again this is a very sharp tool.

 Next is shaping the leather and allowing it to dry. This is a very simple twisting but the results are pretty nice.

 After drying I paint the leather using different techniques. Air brushing is the easiest and for me the most fun. 
While the paint is drying I make the base. 
Then attach the leather twists.
These make the best gifts for men.

The base is covered in leather too. I will put a sealant on this and call it finished.
We are in a heck of a storm and it has turned cold. I still don't want to turn on my heaters. 
So it is blueberry muffins for Mr. M. 

 Right out of the oven

 To get big muffin tops, preheat your oven at 500° F place muffins in oven for 5 minutes, then set temperature to normal cooking temp and time.

I still just like to eat muffin tops and baking 
this way gives the best tops.
That's it for today. Wishing all of you a very nice Saturday.
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Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful art, love how you work the leather and the beautiful results. Enjoy your weekend, Valerie

Giorgio said...

Great idea about leather art, Nicole!
Your blueberry muffins look deliciuos and perfect for breakfast :-)
Have a nice great weekend!

Tom said...

...I like the leather sculptures! We finally broke down and turned the heat on.

Barbara said...

Your leather work shows hand strength, dexterity and an amazing imagination! I love muffins and yours look scrumptious. 😁

Elkes Lebensglück said...

soo beautiful the leather sculptures!!!! yummy muffins!
Have a happy weekend, hugs, Elke

Rita said...

Cool sculptures and yummy muffins. :)

Christine said...

Yay I guess right. Your muffins look amazing. I linked to you today.

Lowcarb team member said...

I do like the leather sculptures, they are lovely.
Your blueberry muffins look delicious.

Enjoy your weekend.

All the best Jan

Cathy Kennedy said...


You're so talented and creative. What an interesting piece of leather art! I can see this for a guy. Those muffins look soooo good! Thanks for the tip on how to get a high muffin top.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

That leather sculpture is amazing. I love that you have been working with leather. I have some leather dyes/inks, but have never used them. I really like that sculpture you created. It's beautiful.

And now I want a blueberry muffin. They look SO good.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Wow! I had no idea what it was. When I first saw it, I thought it was chocolate. I would've never guessed leather anything. Thank you for showing us the process, it's enthralling and the results lovely.

And now I want a muffing.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Um... I saw the extra "g" in muffing as I was clicking "publish" *sigh*.

Divers and Sundry said...

Thanks for the photos showing your technique. Cool! I've never seen leather sculpture in real life.

Blueberry muffins sounds like a good coffee accompaniment for breakfast. Yummm!

My name is Erika. said...

I know nothing about leather working so that was fascinating to me! Nice sculpture. It's great you showed how you made it. And those muffins look yummy. I haven't made muffins for awhile and was thinking this morning I should make some soon. Enjoy what's left to the weekend!

carol l mckenna said...

Awesome leather art work ~ I think it is your best medium ~ So creative! Xo

Living in the moment,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Luiz Gomes said...

Gostei do seu maravilhoso trabalho Nicole. Bom início de semana.

Jennifer Rose said...

ooh muffins. really want to bake something now

Laurie said...

Your leather creations sound amazing! The muffins as well! We will try that heat blasting technique, the tops are the very best part!