Friday, September 11, 2020


 I did some marbling on leather very many years ago in South Africa and recently my interest was sparked again by the ingenious methods Steven Miller came up with where he floats dyes on shaving cream!

Here are a few tests I did using his method.  Really easy to do!

This is Steven's Facebook video showing him do the shaving cream method:


So here are my first tests again with the classic marbling method:

In the first one, there were still lumps of carrageenan in the water and that interfered with the ink floating on top.  But the effect is not totally unwelcome.

I then put the thickened water in a blender and got the lumps out, but that creates a lot of bubbles.  So I had to let it sit a while and siphon the thick water from the bottom and into the tray.

In the third one I did the minimum of swirling with the toothpick to get a different effect.

I will add to this post as i get questions in the comments below and when I do more of these.

The materials used in the videos:
  • Carrageenan to thicken the water
  • Inks made for marbling by Jacquard
Hope you can have fun with this!

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Homeschool Project 1

Here is the first post with video specifically made for homeschoolers.  

I will show you here to make cable organizers that will keep your earphone and charger cables well contained.

It is a guidance for parents - your guiding of the kids will be required.

I will update this post as I get feedback/questions.  Just leave your comment below this post.

First the requirements:

  1. A sturdy work surface - like a solid wood table.  For tooling/stamping, you will ideally need a piece of granite / marble about 20mm (1") thick.   These are sold at leathercraft suppliers, but you can also get free pieces from places that manufacture tomb stones and kitchen surfaces.
  2. A piece of leather - the thickness to start with would be 5 - 6 oz (the weight of one square foot of leather).
  3. A cutting surface like a kitchen cutting board - wood does not work.
  4. Any very sharp knife - you will see the one I use in the video.
  5. A scratch awl - just a sharp tipped tool to mark the leather, like scribing around your cardboard templates..
  6. A few stamping tools - typically sold by Tandy Leather.
By request, here is a list of the tools from Tandy Leather.
You can also see their full catalog at:

Tandy catalog numbers:

  • Scratch awl - 3217-00
  • Craft knife - 3593-01
  • Conditioner - 21978-00
  • Camouflage tool - 6431-00
  • Seeder tool - 6706-00
  • Beveler 6801-00
For setting the snaps:
  • Line 20 Snaps - 1261-01
  • Setter - 8057-00
  • Anvil - 8105-10
And here is the video showing it all happen:

To set the snaps listed above:

Saturday, September 5, 2020


Homeschool Leathercraft

If you homeschool kids and would like help with leathercraft ideas, you can look in this blog under "Beginner" and also join a newly created group on Facebook:

Suggestions / Questions can be left as comments on this post!