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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Leather Tips: Handle With Care

When you buy a wallet like our THIN BOLD WALLET in rustic saddle leather, you admire the rustic beauty and a broken-in feel. It’s vegetable-tanned, aniline, milled shoulders, and 100% Italian.

 

Can we say…

Rustic Saddle Leather

You may know this, but leather ages beautifully! Yes, it may take time, but with a little bit of patience and the right technique there are a few things you should do no matter which look you prefer. We consulted with Amber, our resident leatherologist. Here, we narrowed down her tips:

 

1. Natural remedy
If you’re working with a small scuff or light scratch on a veg-tanned leather. Use two fingers and squeeze the scratch so that it’s raised. After it’s raised rub the area with your fingertip. The natural oils on your figures generally run out the marks.

 

2. Be gentle
For a little dirt: just use a damp (not wet) cloth.  (Gently rub – don’t scrub – for removal)  If leather gets too wet; dry it slowly in room temperature. Using a blow dryer may cause the leather to stiffen and may even crinkle. Don’t use soap or caustic chemicals. For those aggressive stains and grime – we suggest using something like Apple Leather Cleaner that will help preserve the natural lubricating oils instead of stripping them.

Remember: Before cleaning leather, always spot-test in an inconspicuous area before use.

 

3. Always follow-up
To maintain the leather’s soft, supple feel and appearance; use a wax-free conditioner, such as Apple Leather Conditioner. The appropriate treatment of a leather item depends on its condition, so make sure to follow-up with a good cleaning at least twice a year.

 

4. Storing
Remember that leather is a natural material and should be stored in a breathable bag, not plastic. Ventilation prevents leather from drying out and cracking. They are better in cardboard boxes and wrapped in paper.

 

5. Ensure a long life
Leather is like skin, if you take good care of it and you’ll notice the difference. Although leather is very durable, it is not indestructible.

 

Well, that’s it from our leatherologist for now. Got your own DIY techniques for leather care? Share with us.

 

Shop our selection of men’s leather wallets here. For a general guideline to help ensure a long life for any type of leather – details here.

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Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Happy & Hoppy Easter

Have a happy and hoppy Easter with these easy-to-make bunny ears!

 

Bunny Ears for Kids
Project and photo by Spoonful 

 

What you’ll need:

  • White poster board
  • Pink construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Tacky glue or school glue
  • Tape or stapler
  • Easter stickers, optional
  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils (optional)

 

How to make it:

  • Cut a strip of poster board about 2″ wide by about 24″ long.
  • Cut out 2 ears out of poster board each about 8 1/2″ long x 3 1/2″ wide.
  • Cut out 2 smaller ears out of pink construction paper.
  • Glue the pink ears inside the white ears.
  • Glue the ears inside the band, positioning to fit behind the child’s head.
  • Let the child decorate the head band with stickers, markers, crayons, or colored pencils if they wish.
  • Tape or staple the band to fit the child. Cut off any excess.

 

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Friday, October 11th, 2013

DIY: Chain Trimmed iPad Sleeve

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With stunning home, art and fashion editorials, along with unparalleled beauty and style tips, HonestlyWTF is quickly becoming one of our favorite blogs. The blog itself is visually spectacular, but we’re spending most of our time on the DIY pages where the bloggers, one a stylist and the other a designer, have made sure we keep busy. This is just one of the many projects we insist you try at home.

 

Project and photos are courtesy of Lauren and Erica at HonestlyWTF

 

 

You’ll need:

  • Leatherology iPad sleeve
  • 30 inches of stainless steel curb chain
  • 5 yards of waxed linen cord
  • all purpose rotary punch
  • an embroidery needle
  • wire cutter or bolt cutter (optional)
  • scissors

 

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Start by setting the rotary punch to the smallest hole setting. Create a hole in the upper right corner, making sure to punch just outside the seam but without cutting into the outer edge of the leather sleeve.ipad2

Each chain link is approximately 5 millimeters apart, therefore the holes should be spread apart with the same distance. Continue punching holes around the perimeter of the sleeve.

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Thread the needle with the waxed linen cord and tie a double knot at the end. Pull the thread through the first hole and pass the needle through the same hole again, making the first stitch.ipad4?scl=1

Pull the needle through the bottom of the first chain link and push it through the top of the second hole. Pull tightly.

DIY Chain Trimmed iPad Sleeve

Continue pulling the thread through bottom of the next chain link and pushing through the top of the subsequent hole.

DIY Chain Trimmed iPad Sleeve

Stitch the corner link through the same bottom hole twice.

DIY Chain Trimmed iPad Sleeve

Tie a double knot to finish the entire stitch. Trim the ends of the knots with scissors and cut away any excess chain with a wire or bolt cutter.

DIY Chain Trimmed iPad Sleeve

Now go back with fingers or a pair of tweezers to pull out any original broken stitches.

DIY Chain Trimmed iPad Sleeve

DIY Chain Trimmed iPad Sleeve

Like this idea? Have your own idea for personalizing your leather? Let us know in the comments!

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