This was the mantra that I whispered t to myself as I struggled with Inlaying (embedding) a black and white Jasper Stone into my veg tanned leather cuff bracelet.
Let’s just say it was a definite work in progress. This particular design has been perplexing. Plus, frustrating. Let us not forget that darling little word that will probably show up multiple times as you read this.
In an attempt to redeem myself, I literally scraped the leather in order to embed the stone. I used E-6000 to glue the cabochon to the leather scrap and leather glue to bind the bracelet together.
Here are a few of my attempts.
However, it is not what I envisioned in my head or what I had drawn. I have lots of practice pieces that never make the blog but maybe I should post them.
Really, I am only trying to save you from chucking stain across the room. Not that I did that.
I created a second bracelet with a simple stamping design using a veiner.
This one was a little better but the piece I used behind the stone was thicker making the bracelet more taut than I would have liked. You can easily see the leather creases in the bracelet.
It looked fine flat but when bent it created an opening. I think I cut too much out of the circle. My hands are not skilled enough to pull off what my head envisions which frustrated me. I know things take time but I wish more people would be honest about their crafting. I see perfection, perfection, perfection which makes me think “Dude, I suck.”
I say Dude. However everything gets better with practice
Things I want to change:
A better design for the cuff
A different cutting method/style