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Leathercraft

February 26, 2019

This is your online resource for the 4-H Leathercraft project. The manual, record sheet and exhibit card are below.

If you have any questions, please refer to the 4-H Handbook or contact the Extension Office.

*If you have trouble accessing any of these documents below because of a disability, please contact the Jackson Co. Extension Office at (812) 358-6101 or send an email to mille330@purdue.edu.

 

Here are the requirements for this project:

ARTS & CRAFTS: LEATHER CRAFT

  1. 4-H member must fill out a record sheet to be turned in with the green/white record book.
  2. Attach to project 4-H-618AW “4-H Craft Information Card” for description of work completed on the project.
  3. If multiple pieces make up the exhibit, a photograph of the complete exhibit should be attached to the exhibit so the total exhibit can properly be displayed.
  4. For safety purposes any craft exhibit that resembles a sword, knife, or look-a-like weapon, will be judged but will not be displayed.

Beginner (Grades 3-5)

Skills to learn:

  1. Learn kinds and working qualities of leather
  2. Practice the correct way to handle stamping tools and how to hold a mallet so as not to tire easily
  3. Learn how much moisture to use in working leather
  4. Practice making simple and original designs with stamping tools
  5. Learn proper finishing techniques including slicking edges, dyeing/staining and sealing

Make and exhibit one small leather article using a simple stamped design using skills learned with or without single lacing. Examples include: coasters (set of 4), coin purse, key case or item of equal skill level.

Exhibit: one (1) article made                

         Intermediate (Grades 6-8)

Skills to learn:

  1. Continue enhancing skills from beginner level
  2. Practice on leather scrap pieces to learn the tooling technique and the correct use of the swivel knife, how deep to cut, and decorative cuts
  3. Proper beveling of swivel knife cuts
  4. Learn double overlay lacing in purses and billfolds
  5. Learn the different grades of leather and which are best suited for which types of projects

         Select an article to tool and/or stamp and finish the article. Lace or hand sew as needed. Examples of articles include: belt, small purse, key case, billfold, or item of equal skill level.

Exhibit: one (1) article made.

Advanced (Grades 9-12)

Skills to learn:

  1. Continue enhancing skills from previous levels
  2. Dyeing – use of proper techniques, developing skills, for antiquing, and painting with acrylics
  3. Learning figure carving and techniques associated
  4. Learn to cut your own hides, create your own designs for articles, cut pieces for projects

         Select an article to tool and carve using an advanced design on one large article. Figure carving is also acceptable. Lace or hand sew as needed. Examples of articles include: figure carved pictures, billfolds, handbags, portfolio, saddle or item of equal skill level.

Exhibit: one (1) article made.

Note: Some leather tools and stamps are available on loan on a first come, first serve basis from the Extension Office. Plan early.

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