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 paint brushes to apply wax
- piece of sheep’s wool to apply 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 leather sandal making eBook, it explains general leather craft techniques in more detail and besides you learn to make your own beautiful sandals!