Leather Dog Collars

Traditional crafting is one of my interests. While I love sites like Pinterest which show awesome DIYs for turning t-shirts into works of art or fun new uses for empty two liters, I'm more into the stuff that predates Pinterest-era crafting. Simplicity-Embellished-Leather-Dog-Collars

{By the way, I'm on Pinterest}

Traditional crafting, the way I see it, is stuff that my Grandmothers and Great-Grandfathers would have done. Things like Goldwork, crewel work and leatherwork.

I somewhat recently picked up a new traditional craft: leatherwork.

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It is so rewarding.

For Christmas gifts, we made these beautiful dog collars for my parent's two rescued greyhounds.

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From selecting the brass buckles and rivets to hand punching the holes, we executed basically every step that went into producing these things.

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Their names, Dana and Drennan, are set in my typeface. Engraving your typeface into leather by hand was pretty tedious and fascinating to watch.

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The arrows that are featured on the collar as decoration were inspired by old typographic printer's marks. We all thought they complemented the typeface so well.

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We also stained the leather to the warm, orange honey-colored leather you see and sealed it over a 3 day period.

Simplicity-Embellished-Leather-Dog-Collar-NamesThe collars look magnificent on the pooches and I'm pretty sure these will last a long time. Because they're sealed, they stand up to rain and sleet and sunshine for many seasons, only picking up a beautiful patina with time.

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There's a lot you can do with leather. It's an old skill that truly earned the right to be called a 'craft.'

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I'll be sharing more leatherwork with you in the future.