Miniature no-sew leather

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Wanted to work more with leather, but can’t sew anymore due to arthritis. Was encouraged by @Jae’s post:

Which made me think that I could come up with sew-less (not soulless) leather projects.

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Starting small as you can see. For size, an extra fine point Uni-Posca pen (they’re smaller than the fine point ones). For the purslet keychain I googled for a basic pattern and changed it quite a bit. I added silver embellishments to the brown booklet, which has a thick piece of gold edged :proofgrade: ply inside. Thought it was still too big, so the turquoise one is smaller still @ 1.2" high. Inside is a medium piece of gold edged :proofgrade: ply. The books have a little hanging hole at the top. I’m waiting for jewelry lobster clasps to make them into necklaces. Without that, they would also make excellent display material for miniature libraries.

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#2

Oh. My. Goooodness! That is absolutely adorable! How the heck did you get them that tiny? :grinning:

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#3

Glowforge precision and the new Set Focus sure helped cut through the leather! :joy:

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#4

That is adorable! You just made my week :slight_smile: I can’t wait to see what else you come up with!

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#5

How cute ! Amazing!

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#6

They are so cute! That little keychain is simply adorable.

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#7

Love these.

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#8

Super cute! So, are you using Barge or something similar to stick things together? I do see the rivets on that tiny purse—bet it’s hard to find them that small!

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#9

Never heard of Barge - what is it? (googling it I get lots of info on river/canal barges).
I ordered these from Amazon:

They have 6mm and 8mm rivets. Harder to find are small snaps. The purselet is held together by 2 small rivets on the side (front and back flap together).

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#10

Barge Cement is big in the leather/shoemaking arena. It is one of the best leather glues out there - you’ll split the leather before it gives up. But some nasty chemicals in it so it really smells (I believe they reformulated it some a bit ago so it’s not quite as bad as a few years ago :slightly_smiling_face:).

You can get it at Tandy, Amazon or ask your local shoemaker for a bottle (I think the stuff they get might be somewhat better due to them getting a non-consumer version :slightly_smiling_face:).

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#11

Thanks for explaining! I think I’ll stay away from the smelly stuff (like I do all smelly things) and just stick to rivets. I used Uhu glue on the leather book covers. Slightly smelly, but bearable.

#12

Wow. Very nicely done. They are cool enough as miniatures but to make them into jewelry is going to be amazing.

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