Leatherwork

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Leather I - Renee Kelley
This class is to familiarize students with various techniques of leatherworking. I will be going over tool information and how to apply your designs to leather to be used in carving and stamping. In addition, you will learn leather dying, stitching and how to apply these techniques to get the look you want for each individual project. LEATHER CARVING is the art of cutting a design into your leather and then beveling and texturizing your cuts so that you have a 3-dimensional look to your finished dyed piece. LEATHER STAMPING is one of the most common ways of adding a design to leather using different stamping tools to create on bracelets, belts and wallets. Class projects include such projects as a coaster, key ring, bracelets, pendant, earrings, a carved art piece for practice and end with a leather carved journal. These techniques can also be adapted to what projects the class would like to do. (The small projects prepare you to work with the tools and dying.) There will be additional tools, kits and supplies for purchase. My lab fee covers all materials for planned projects, use of tools, dyes, and equipment. Intricate designs, as well as how and what tools work together will be covered. Bring: Optivisor (or borrow one from school). You are welcome to bring your own leather tools if you like.

Lab Fee: $185.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Leather I – Leather Jewelry - Joan Huck
Get with the latest craze and learn how to create stunning bracelets, earrings, necklaces and pendants with leather (cowhide, pigskin, snakeskin, crocodile, etc.). In this class you will learn how to use vegan leather that you can paint or stain and chrome leather that is patterned and/or colored in a variety of gorgeous colors and patterns You will also learn how to incorporate a variety of multi-media elements such as: micro-hardware, studs, plain and jewel snap rivets, clasps, buckles and wide assortment of found objects. In addition, you will learn how to either cut various shapes out by hand or with a Sizzix machine that uses a variety of different magnetic dies. You will be able to make at least two of each earrings, bracelets and pendants. Additional materials may be purchased for a nominal fee.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Leather I and II – Ages 13 and up  - Tom Slavicek
Learn the basic techniques of cutting and stitching leather bags and pouches and get even better, plus learn how to use a wood-burning tool to add artwork onto the leather, and how to add color to your designs.  There are several styles, shapes and sizes of bags that you will be able to choose from, along with colors and textures of leather. You can also make phone cases, a backpack, journals, guitar straps, passport wallets, men's wallets, ladies' wallets, and more. There will be time enough to make up to 4 to 6 or more projects, depending on complexity. All tools, leather and materials, straps and tassels, decorations and templates are provided for the class. You do not need to bring anything except your enthusiasm and be ready to amaze yourself at what you create! 

Lab Fee: $205.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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MOUNTAIN MEN & LADIES - Tom Slavicek
It's not just guy stuff! Yes, be ready to make frontiersman-type bags, pouches, knife sheaths, etc. but also make any other types of bags just like in Leather 1 and 2. Learn how to use a wood burning tool to add designs to your projects and add color. Dozens of templates to choose from. I'll have exotic leathers on hand, like American Bison and Water Buffalo, along with numerous textures and colors of the standard leathers. You'll have time to make up to 4 or more pieces depending on complexity. All tools and materials are provided, plus straps, tassels, decorations, etc. Bring your enthusiasm and be amazed at what you will make for yourself and in time for Christmas!

Lab Fee: $205.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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