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    What leather products would you buy? (new work with sketchbook satchel)

    Hey all!

    Recently I've been developing a skill set that I've realized to be quite a fruitful and enjoyable skill to have: Leather working.

    Although I've only been studying it about 6 months, I've taken to it quite naturally and am having a lot of fun doing it, and I've begun to receive commissions for it, which makes me super happy.

    In addition to the commissions and overall good experience with the work I've received an offer by and old friend of mine who has taken an interest in my work to front the money for a leather craft business. I've been making various kinds of bag and other holders the most, although now I'm working on a commission for boots and armor pieces that is paying well, and this has prompted me to think about what kind of products to offer services and in which I should study up on.

    This poses the question. What leather products interest you all? What leather products would you buy?

    Some of my current products are Backpacks and Messenger bags/satchels, computer bags, cigarette cases, and now bracers/vambraces and soon will include boots.

    What other things might make good products?

    One note is that all of the work is done completely by hand, no machine stitching or anything like that, which a lot of people seem to like a lot.

    Hope to hear from you guys and girls with some thoughts and suggestions

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    Can you work with black-toned leather?

    I'd consider guitar straps, moleskine-covers, maybe various straps and tassels and things of that nature, guitar/bass cases (gig bags,) gloves, jackets (if you're up to that level)... Oh, and spiked arm braces.

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    Some kind of portable art materials organizer. Attached to a satchel or messenger bag some how, like a flap that rolls out or something. Could even make it like a buckle attachment for interchangeability.

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    I'd like to have a really nice leather backpack.

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    Cool suggestions so far.

    Bill - I will post a few images of some backpacks I have made and see what you think of those later on.

    Thanks folks
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    SHOES. You cannot imagine how ridiculously hard it is to find leather shoes anywhere. Nothing is made with leather anymore! Even so-called "leather" shoes are only leather on the inner lining. I want some good leather boots.

    And if you want something that's easy to make and people will snatch up, make leather wrist bands. You know the ones that can be attached with a simple buckle or clip on.

    I recently bought a vintage leather messenger bag. It's a trend right now, to have small leather messenger bags with a very long strap to be worn across the body instead of a purse.
    What made me buy this one was that a nice design was burned into the leather. So if you could learn to do that then you could really make a killing. Not only would your stuff be leather and handmade, it would also be literally one of a kind.

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    Decisions, decisions...

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    RyerOrdStar - The wrist bands are a god idea. I made some wide wrist bands for myself that I put my subway/bus card in.

    Here are a couple photos of my stuff.

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    A watch cuff like below

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    That backpack is pretty F'ing awesome. Very nice work.
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    AZ - Which backpack do you think looks better? The wide pocketed one with the short flap or the narrower pocket with long flap?
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    Oh hey, I love the backpacks, especially the narrow one. I'd love to have a backpack like that, especially if it was extremely durable. Not only would I feel stylin' but I wouldn't have to buy a new backpack every year because of those heavy and ridiculous school books raping the bottom of my backpack and tearing it. ;C

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    Yeah, the narrow one is dope!

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    The backpack looks awesome.
    I might also suggest gloves, nice leather gloves are hard to come by.

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    Gloves.. Those might be a challenge, but that's fun .
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    Motorcycle jackets. (chaps is probably an easier pattern if jackets prove too daunting).

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    wallets, jacket, shoes coats

    case for iphone, ds
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    The backpack looks great. I confess, it's probably nicer rhan I was expecting. Nice Job.

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    Cool stuff man, I wanted to get into leather working myself, whats the learning curve like?

    stuff like Pencil cases would be awesome, I always wanted to make my own since I could never find one of my liking.





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    I want a narrow pocketed one.. where do I have to apply?
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    Thanks for all the replies everyone, this helps a lot.

    As for the learning curve Dialated, i don't really know how to answer that question to be quite honest. It's been quick for me i guess but I don't know what others would say. The hardest part is that every cut you make or whole you punch, anything like that has to be planned out ahead of time since you can't go back and try again if you screw up, unless you make new pieces.

    Maybe I could make stuff and sell it on the site here. that'd be cool
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    Awesome backpacks!

    Hmmmm...what would I like made out of leather?
    I love leather wallets. Had the same one for allmost 7 years now, still looks good.
    A case for my laptop, definitley, but some kind of liner for the inside would be a must.

    I also write in journals, and a case for them, either a full protection cover for each, or something to put them all in would be amazeing. I always worry about them.

    Depending on how you treat your leather, a liner might not be needed. But I hear that it takes two years for the veggie treatment to cure out.

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    If you know how to put designs on your stuff, that would be awesome, like this: http://www.celticempire.com/category...goryId=2000011

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    In addition to watchcuffs:

    -Leatherbound sketchbooks
    -Leather versions of those art bands Android invented that hold pencils or pens
    -Belts, I got some ideas brewin for custom belts I would like
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    Great ideas again, thanks everyone :0

    I do do leather carving and stamping, as well as gilding with gold and silver leaf.

    I'll post some pictures of something I'm working on now with carving and gilding.
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    Where are you getting this leather? The interior designer inside of me is burning to know.

    I would buy (if I had the money) probably one of those AMAZEBALLS backpacks/bags you had above, a purse, QUALITY leather shoes for women and by quality I mean cute, a fitted, shorter leather jacket (cutting off at about the end of my ribcage) and belts which could be used as, you know, belts as well as bookstraps: super wide (2") and super strong!

    These are all awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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    Neat. Things that I've thought about getting:
    - good-quality men's wallets that have a section for change
    - sheepskin mittens and hat; it gets cold here

    We already own a set of bracers as well as guitar straps and hats, so those would probably be good bets too.
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    Leather fantasy armor and animal sculptures (especially dragons) are awesome. I love leather (suede) roses. My friend was looking for a leather (patent) fedora the other day. I also own two suede purses (made out of squares with a quilted look, but quilting is kinda ridiculous to do by hand instead of machine) and suede knee boots (so hard to find anything wide enough in the calf to fit me). I used to have an awesome black suede jacket with long fringe, but I grew out of it and never found anything similar. When I was even younger I had a tan jacket (neither suede nor patent, it was hard but thin and not shiny) stamped with black leopard spots.

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    Thanks for the compliments and suggestions again everyone. It's really reassuring that I'm putting my time and energy into something people might take an interest in.

    here some some photos of other stuff I've been up to making.

    sunandshadow - It's interesting you mention fantasy armor, since right now I'm working on a commission which is a set of gilded vambraces and matching boots with a fantasy theme. Both silk lined, the bracers having carved gold inlaid around the boarders and the boots having gold inlays on the welts.

    Included is also my bracers that I wear daily. It is a matching set, and the one shown has my subway/bus card stashed between layers of leather.

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