I didn’t know how beautiful leather rings look on your fingers until I made a few. Once again I was looking at stuff floating around in my craft room trying to come up with ideas of what to make with things I’ve already got.
As I make all of my families shoes, you can imagine how much scrap leather I’ve collected over the years. Lots of pieces too small to make anything with, or so I thought.
Leather rings, of course, are a great way to use up tiny pieces of leather, I could make hundreds of them …
I decorated the rings with the batik technique, I wrote about this technique before in a tutorial on how to make a batik leather wallet. It shows pictures of me applying wax and dyes.
What you need to make a leather ring
- veg tan leather 1-2mm thick
- leather scissors
- edge slicker
- double cap rivets (I used brass antique 7x7mm) with anvil and setter
- hole punch
- water-based leather dyes
- wax melting pot
- stiff paintbrushes to apply wax
- piece of sheep’s wool to apply the dye
- beeswax, natural leather finish
How to assemble the leather ring
- Make a paper pattern trying out different shapes, transfer the shape you like onto thin cardboard and cut it out
- Apply the batik technique on your piece of leather, more on batik in this tutorial
- Transfer the pattern onto the rough side of the leather drawing around it
- Cut out the ring and burnish its edges with the edge slicker
- Apply beeswax to the surface of the leather to protect it and beautify it even more
- Close the ring with a rivet using the setting tools
Check out my Sandalmaking eBook, it explains general leathercraft techniques in more detail and besides you learn to make your own beautiful sandals!
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