Craft 2017-03-01T22:10:59+00:00

Craft

Tutorials, guides and techniques used to make leather items. See how items are crafted by hand.

Techniques

Cross-section of a Saddle-stitch

All items are 100% hand stitched from start to finish using a traditional method of stitching known as saddle-stitching. No machines involved.

Saddle-stitching uses two needles and one long run of thread to produce an even slant on both sides of the leather.

This is a unique method of stitching unique to leatherworking, and produces the strongest known stitch that cannot be replicated by machines.

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Beeswax
The outside of the leather is sealed using resolene and a wax-mixture
This prevents the dye from rubbing off and helps protect the leather from water, finger-prints and scuffs
Unburnished vs Burnished Edge
Edges are slicked (burnished) with gum tragacanth before being sealed with a mix of beeswax, paraffin wax and oil

Burnishing has the effect of smoothing down the fuzzy edges of a leather item, sealing and protecting it from further fraying.

This is done by rubbing a piece of wood, canvas or denim on the edge until it “burnishes”, producing a glassy look and smooth feel.

Edge creasing is a decorative step that give items a refined premium look
Creasing an edge can change the look of an item dramatically.

Crafting Process

Crafting process for different items and acts as a tutorial if you wish to make them yourself.

Queries and feedback are welcome. Head over to the contact page or email directly at hello@kinzleather.com

Two-Piece Strap

A traditional style two-piece watch strap with two keepers.

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