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Leather-based hen decoration – Easy Shoemaking


This Scandinavian hen decoration is straightforward to make in case you have 2-3-ounce vegetable-tanned scrap mendacity round. If not, you may order a belly-leather strip (varies from perhaps 8″ extensive to 12″, and is about 4′ lengthy) from that had been skived to 2-ounces. You may make numerous birds from one strip, and the price of a strip is low. The strips are available in three colours – pure, brown and black.

In fact different varieties, weights and colours of leather-based may work,  experiment with what you’ve gotten.

The one different provides you want are a sturdy string for suspending the hen and a punch to make holes for the attention, and for the string to move by means of.

The hen sample may be made in different sizes,  simply scale back or enlarge it on a photocopy machine.

You possibly can dye your hen with Rit dye – for me, crimson appears to be like one of the best on the pure leather-based.

Upon getting your leather-based and sample, use a rotary cutter to chop a strip within the width you want on a self-healing chopping mat, with a ruler to information your cutter. Or, use scissors to chop out your hen.

Reduce the pinnacle and tail with scissors. Punch two holes within the middle of the hen as proven on the sample, and move your string by means of them. Knot the ends of the string.

In case you plan to dye your hen, accomplish that now.

If you fold your hen to provide its physique a form, the fuzzy back-side of the leather-based will probably be uncovered on the tail. To provide it a smoother look, unfold some white glue or gum tragacanth within the tail space with a bank card and let it dry earlier than persevering with.

To fold your hen, take the tail finish and loop it over the head-end, as in case you had been making the primary a part of a knot. Pull the tail finish till the hen appears to be like balanced. In case you like, the smallest binder clip or a paper clip might be positioned on the back-side, to maintain the hen folded.

Now let it fly!

Hen sample

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