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Leather Carving for Beginners: Making a Leather Keychain

What you'll learn

Leather is a dynamic and mouldable material that can be carved and stamped. Learn how to use basic leather carving and stamping tools to create a jasmine flower design in veg-tanned leather. We will cover how to carve into leather and then how to create textures and dimensions in the leather using stamping tools. Finish with leather antique gel and acrylic finish resulting in a handcrafted keychain. Note: you can find the design used in this class attached on the right-hand side under the session titled "Materials and Tools".

Materials and tools used in this class

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Listed on Sep 27, 2022 - ID 39381354
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This class has 13 sessions (28m)

Class Preview

Meet instructor, Brittany Stanton, and learn the steps ahead in making a keychain.


Brittany will go over what you will learn in this class and some tips before starting your project.

Materials and Tools

Materials and tools can be a challenge to understand when first starting a new skill. Go through the materials list visually in this video.

Designs and Preparing the Leather

Apply the desired design to the leather surface.

Carving Practice

How to use a leather carving swivel knife and cutting angles.

Carving the Outlines

How to carve leather and carving the jasmine flower and leaves.

Stamping: Adding Details Part 1

How to use leather stamps and create dimension in a leather carving.

Stamping: Adding Details Part 2

Continuation of how to use leather stamps and create dimension in a leather carving.

Stamping: Background Details

Using stamps to create the background texture of the keychain design.

Cut Out the Keychain

After the keychain is carved and stamped, cut it out of the surrounding material.

Applying Gel Antique

Add a leather antique as a patina to make the floral design pop.

Applying Acrylic Finish

Finish off the keychain with a matte finish as a sealer.

Attaching the Keyring and Final Thoughts

Attach the finished and dried keychain to the keyring. Resources and more from Brittany.

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Leather Carving for Beginners: Making a Leather Keychain