DIY Stamped Leather Tie Clip

clipToday, I want to share an easy DIY course of stamped leather tie clip. Read the following and you’ll find it is really quick and simple.leather tools

If you want to make one of these beauts for your man friend, you’ll need:

a tiny bit of thick leather

craft knife

a blank tie clip (you should be able to find them for about $1 at your craft store

strong glue

a letter and number punch set

a hammer

leather cuttingStart by cutting your leather to the size and shape of your tie clip. Next, choose a word or phrase to stamp on your leather and stamp it in using the metal punch set and a hammer. We experimented with a few choice words.

finish leather clipFinally, glue the leather piece onto the tie clip, ensuring that it’ll be right-side-up when the tie clip is attached to the right side of the tie.

King of Men Leather Bag – Dulles Handbag

Dulles BagDulles Bag is still popular in nowadays. It is the prototype of the British tradition briefcase which prefers to the “Top Free Briefcase” in English. Just as its name implies, Dulles Bag can be used to put some files and is suitable for office workers such as lawyers or businessmen. This package is popular for its tough lines and robust construction.

As one of the most high-end portfolio, this package is widely known as Dulles Bag due to the use of the former US Secretary of Sate John Foster Dulles.

John Foster Dulles
John Foster Dulles

In today’s Japan, Dulles Handbag is a commercial handbag generally held by mature male, and some people even crown it “The King of The Bag”. The thick leather, iron frame mouth that can be fully bonded, quality tongue buckle and shiny lock make it very attractive.

In fact the name “Dully Handbag” was born in the postwar Japan. John Foster Dulles visited Japan as peace ambassador with this kind of iron framed briefcase. After that, Tanizawa, a shop owner of Ginza designed a new type of leather bag according to it and finally started to sell Dulles Handbag in Showa 26 after several attempts.8

The decorous feeling, the elegant lines, the nice grain leather and its durable function make Dulles Handbag the indispensable dream of a men.6

After many years development and improvement, today’s Dulles Handbag is more in line with modern people’s use habit.5

For any leather craftsman, Dulles Handbag is like a mountain hard to surmount because of its complicated production process and the stringent requirements of details. Witch is interesting that the sellers of Dulles Handbag’s production tutorials and accessories online will all declare in advance “The difficulty is high. Do not try.”24

The accessories and structure of Dulles Handbag is divided into key sets, pull tab, tongue buckle, partitions, floor, handles, play corner, bag body, the bag iron box and so on. Besides of the punch stitching edging, the production process involved many advanced production techniques such as the drum technique, handle production, mouth bars combination technique and so on.3

How is Leather Made? (Part 3: Finishing the Leather)

Step1. Soften the leather. A machine called a staker can soften the leather by stretching it and lubricating it with natural oils. This process ensures the leather stays pliable.

Step2. Apply a leather softening oil. Once a hide is about 80% dry, apply the oil to the surface on the skin side. Coat the entire surface evenly. Repeat several times through the drying process.

Step3. Smoke the hide. The hide is soft and pliable, but depending on your purpose you may want to smoke the hide to force the tannin into the fibers. Stitch the hide to form a bag and suspend the opening above a small smoky fire for several hours.

Step4. Apply a finish. The leather can be buffed or polished. You might choose to treat the leather with a coat of acrylic or polyurethane to make patent leather. You can also emboss leather to create permanent shapes or designs in the fabric if desired. Finally, cut the leather based on the end user’s specifications.


How is Leather Made? (Part 2: Tanning the Leather)

Part2.Tanning The Leather

Step 1. Decide on a tanning process. This can be a one to four day process, depending on which method you choose.

Step 2. Load the leathers into a large drum. You will need a large container to hold all your hides and the tanning agent.


Step 3. Add the tanning agent to the drum. The tannin which you select will displace the water and replace it will collagens from the chemicals or substances. You will need to let the leather soak from several hours to 6 days depending on which tanning method you select and the size and quantity of the hides.


Step 4. Add any dyes to the container. Dyes are what can be used to give the leather a color other than the natural look. If you are going to dye all of your leather the same color, you can add the dye during the tanning process, or you can wait until after the tanning process.


Step 5. Rinse the leather. The leather will need a thorough rinse after tanning. This will ensure any chemicals and dyes are removed. Use warm water and some mild soaps that contain natural ingredients.


Step 6. Dry the leather. After the skins have gone through the tannage process, they can be considered leather. Hang the leather out to dry. Hang the leather over rods in a cool, semi-moist area. You can use a fan to help speed up the drying process, but leather should dry slowly so be patient.


How is leather made? (Part1)

Leather is a material made from the skin of an animal using tanning or other similar processes. Leather is not susceptible to bacteria and decay because of the altering of the protein structure in the skin. The process of making leather dates back to ancient civilizations and has evolved into a streamlined process.Generally, it can be summarized as 3 parts.


Part 1. Prepping the Hide

  • Remove the skin from the flesh of an animal.Skin the animal by setting it on it’s back, on an incline when possible. Use a good hunting knife for skinning, and a gut hook knife to gut the animal.
  • Pull the flesh off the hide.Manufacturers use a mechanical fleshing machine to remove the flesh from the inside of the skin. Running the inside of the skin over the steel roller of the machine will eliminate any excess flesh. If you don’t have access to a fleshing machine, you can purchase fleshing tools from a hunting store or taxidermy supply store.
  • Salt the skin.Apply a generous layer of salt to the skin, or create a brine and soak the skin.This will act as a preservative to keep the hide from decomposing. Fresh skins need to be salted or frozen within the first few hours, otherwise they may be destroyed.Fold the hide in half so the flesh sides are together. Leave for 24 hours. Scrape away any remaining salt and repeat.
  • Soak the skin in water. Soaking will help remove any dirt or other materials from the skin. Fill a large 35 gallon (132L) or so container with fresh, cool water. Place the hide in the water for at least a day. The longer you let the hide soak, the easier it may make the hair removal process.

soak the skin in water

  • Remove the hair from the skin.This can be done chemically with a solution of calcium oxide (also known as slaked lime, whitewash, or calcium hydroxide) bath. You can also use the same tools for dehairing that were used for fleshing. Remove all the hair and the epidermis, then hang the skin to dry.

remove the skin

  • Give the skin a final lime bath.Add one teaspoon (5mL) of calcium hydroxide per gallon (3.8L) of water to create limewater.This bath is known as bating and will remove any inter-fiber substances and unnecessary proteins. It will also help to soften the skin and loosen any remaining hairs.Remove the skin from the lime bath and rinse it thoroughly until clean.

final bath

Super Simple DIY: Leather Key Sets

It is really a great choice to start leather DIY with leather key sets. Even if you never have any experiences about leather production, you can easily make key sets successfully.


Authoring Tool


Sewing Needle

Hand Sewing Thread




Step1. Cut a small piece of leather according to the key size.
Step2. Try to wrap the key and resize again.
Step3. Cut two corners.
Step4. Hand stitching two sides, then punch a small hole.
Step5. Put the key into the key set.
Step6. Finish!

How Many Types of Leather Do You Know?


The leather has a very wide range of uses , you can see leather products everywhere such as leather bag, leather accessories, leather shoes and so on. However, do you know how many types of leather we came into contact with in our daily life? I’ll give you some introductions in the following paragraph.

According to purpose leather , it can be divided into : living with leather, leather for defense, industrial leather, leather for culture and sports.

Living with Leather
Industrial Leather

According to tanning leather, it can be divided into chrome tanned leather, vegetable leather, chamois leather, aldehyde tanned leather and combination tanned leather. In addition, it can also be divided into light leather and heavy leather. Light leather is measured by area, usually used for surface of shoes, clothing, gloves , etc. Heavy leather is measured by weight, tanned by thick animal skins, usually use for the inner shoes and industrial accessories.

Chrome Tanned Leather
Chrome Tanned Leather
Vegetable Leather
Vegetable Leather
Chamois Leather
Chamois Leather
Aldehyde Tanned Leather
Aldehyde Tanned Leather

According to the animal species, it can be divided into pig leather, cow leather, horse leather, deerskin, sheepskin, etc.

Cattle Leather
Cattle Leather
Horse Leather
Horse Leather
Snake Leather
Snake Leather
Crocodile Leather
Crocodile Leather

According to the hierarchy, it can be divided into grain leather and split leather. Besides, grain leather includes top-grain leather and hand buff. Split leather includes pig split and cow split. Cow leather and sheep leather usually used for high-level leather products.

Sheepskin Top Grain Leather
Sheepskin Top Grain Leather
Pig Split Leather
Pig Split Leather

Brooklyn Handcraft Leather Brand&Studio: Basade

basader leather studio

Brooklyn handcraft leather studio Basader was created by designer Elin Johansson and Philip Antonelli.

The interesting thing is that at first, Philip Antonelli decided to make a leather bag with his friend just because he couldn’t find a suitable classic durable high quality one for himself.

In the process of making leather bag, they found it was interesting so they decided to create their own studio then and focused on handcrafting beautiful sustainable leather goods.

leather handcraft

Basader Mission:

Driven to create a perennial product and promote sustainable design principles. All work is produced locally in Brooklyn, New York, where each product is laboriously hand-dyed, cut and assembled. The design and creation of each product is meticulous, born out of a love for enduring craftsmanship , and passion for minimally styled goods.

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All of Basader’s leather bags use only the finest US sourced full-grain leather, such as bridle leather, oil-pull up leather, vegetable tanned leather, dyed veg-tan leather.

Briddle Leather Bag

Bridle Leather: Like veg-tan, Bridle Leather refers to a finishing process. Bridle leather is stuffed with oils and finished with wax, on both sides, to attain a beautiful finished surface. Historically, bridle leather is reminiscent of traditional english bridle bags, and one of our most durable and classic offerings.


Oil-pull up is a fascinating material. Colored using aniline dyes that render the leather more supple, it is then imbued with waxes and oils. The result is a highly durable material that gets its name for the “pulling effect” — when stretched, the oils and waxes disperse, and the leather appears to get lighter. While this might sound like a fragile leather type that couldn’t handle much abuse, the beauty of oil-pull is its inherent resiliency. When scuffed, scratched or stretched, a damp cloth and a little elbow grease will remove even the most severe of blemishes — even deep scratches (read this post if you’re curious to learn just how much abuse it will take).

Vegetable Tanned Leather Bag

Veg-tan simply refers to leather that has been finished using tannins, vegetable matter, tree bark, and a host of other natural materials (leaves, bark, fruits, roots, even nuts). Because of this, the leather starts out light tan in color, and when left undyed, sun exposure will slowly darken this leather type to a rich medium brown color. Leather connisseurs love that this leather type patinas over time.

Dyed Veg-tan Leather Bag

Not really a unique leather type as much as a basader offering. Our dyed veg-tan leather is simply vegetable tanned leather that we then dye by hand (typically, brown, black, and sometimes blue). This leather will slighly darken with age, but the color will essentially remain the same over time. Dyeing veg-tan leather is an extremely laborious task, and becuase it is slight less durable than bridle leather, we are now producing some of our older veg-tan bags in bridle.

Leather Gloves Cleanning Tips

I love the way a pair of bright leather gloves add a spark of color when I’m wearing a dark winter coat. The only problem is light-colored gloves seem to get dirty much more quickly than dark brown or black gloves do. So when the fingers of my favorite pair of red leather gloves had turned embarrassingly dark, I decided it was time to try to clean them. Here are the steps that what worked for me.

1. With a dampened a paper towel, work a small bit of saddle soap (I used Meltonian Saddle Soap) into a lather.

2. Don one glove and with the sudsy paper towel in the other hand gently work the soap into the soiled areas.

3. After several seconds, use a new damp paper towel to rinse away the soap and grime.

4. Repeat steps 1-3, if needed. And then do the same with the other glove.

5. Allow both gloves to air dry.

Wet leather loses color easily, so don’t over-wet or vigorously rub the gloves. After seeing how well my red gloves turned out, I cleaned a pair of black ones, too. It was difficult to tell if they really looked any cleaner, but the leather certainly felt cleaner and softer, so I was pleased.

British Minimalism Leather Goods – Alfie Douglas

leather bag
Handmade Leather Bags

Alfie Douglas studio are made up of a group of people who are interested in design, create and make their own products.They gathered together so that their creatives can interact and incubate ideas.

Alfie Douglas Showroom
Alfie Douglas Showroom

Their products are original. They are simple visually and in the way that they are made. Ingenious in the way that they can be adapted and customized in their function. Each one is different, singular, made by hand to be reliable and sustainable. Comfortable to use.

Life is busy, Alfie Douglas products are made to adapt to an ever-changing lifestyle.If you need products that work with you and that are dependable and mould to you, you may like their products.


Alfie Douglas’ customers are individuals with a strong sense of identity. Adventurous and energetic. Free and active. Confident and capable, actively seeking new adventures. Cherishing and valuing their possessions, conscientious of their impact on the future.

Here are some customers’ look with Alfie Douglas products.

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