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Buckle Display Strap

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  Buckle Display Strap Strap - 45" x 5" (Hair-on cowhide with 8-9 oz. backing) Tooled Pieces - 5" x 3 3/4" Buckle straps - 1 1/2" x 2 3/4", 3/8" from right edge Spacing between buckle straps - 2 1/2" Buckles - 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" 2 D-rings I was asked to make a buckle display on a strap. I looked on the internet and found one that looked like a cinch, so I decided to make one to resemble a cinch. I had several cowhide scraps that were given to me by the person that wanted the buckle display. I used one of those hides for this project. I borrowed several buckles from a friend so I would know how long and wide to make it. The customer wanted to display 6 or 7 buckles and I decided to make it 7. Go for the most, right? I cut a piece of cowhide about 48" long to allow for riveting on D-rings x 5" wide.  The customer wanted their brand on it, so I designed a tooling piece around their brand. I tooled a Texas star for the bottom of the

Cowhide Wine Wrap

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  I was asked to make cowhide wraps for wine bottles, so I got to work and featured it as a blog project. I cut a piece of hair on cowhide 13 1/2" x 8 1/2" and the same size liner. For the liner I used 3-4 ounce vegetable tanned leather on the first 5 wraps I made. I looked for other possible liners and thought of neoprene. I glued the cowhide to the neoprene and sewed it on the sewing machine. I punched 4.8mm holes for 2 conchos which are 1 1/2" wide. I punched 2.8mm holes for 20" leather lace knotted at one end. The concho holes are placed 2" from the top and bottom edge and 1 1/2" from the side edge. The lace holes are placed 2" from the top and bottom edge and 3 3/4" from the side edge. I attached the conchos and lace, wrapped the cowhide around the bottle and wrapped the lace around the conchos. Here are several wraps I made. These would make great gifts! Have fun making your own wrap!

Spur Strap Tutorial

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  I've been doing a lot of leather work lately, mainly because people ask me to make things and I try to make them. But I love working with leather and I have learned by watching videos on the internet. A friend asked me to make a pair of spur straps to give as a gift. I put the photo of the spur straps I made on social media and here I am 5 pair of spur straps later. I am by no means an expert, but I thought I could show you how I make a pair of spur straps. My neighbor, an old-time cowboy, made himself a pair of spur straps. I borrowed his for a template and put my own "stamp" on it, literally! About a 12" x 12" piece of veg-tan leather that is 7-9 ounces will be enough for this project. I trace the shape onto the leather and cut it out. The spur hole is 3/8" and the oblong holes are 1". I flip the template for the opposite foot. The strap templates are also cut out and 3/8" holes punched. A slit is cut from the 3/8" holes. A 3/4" half

Boot Top Cross

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I was asked by a woman to make a boot top cross using the boots of her friend's deceased father. I had never made one but wanted to do this, so I accepted. I decided to experiment, so using 2 pair of my husband's boots, I got to work and also made a tutorial for this blog. I found a piece of old plywood and drew out a cross with each leg being 4 inches wide. The plywood was 15 3/4" wide and I made the height 23". After it was cut out on the band saw, I realized the plywood needed to be thicker for tacks and trim, but now I had a cross template. I cut a new cross out of 1/2" plywood. I cut the boot tops off. I marked a center line on each leg of the plywood cross and marked an arrow where the center of the boot top would be placed. I measured past the arrows for the correct size of leather for the center of the cross. I used black scrap leather, cut it to fit and glued it on. 1/4" x 3/4" cedar trim was glued and nailed to the edge. Next time the trim sho

Horseshoe Mirror

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  I saw a horseshoe frame something like this on the internet and thought I could make it from a mirror that was on a previous blog post Western Style Mirrors . I wanted to dress up the horseshoes with leather cord and beads. I rusted the horseshoes by spraying them with vinegar and setting them in the sun. I sprayed a clear sealer after they had dried. I drilled a 11/64 hole in the bottom of the horseshoe on the drill press. The screws pictured were used to attach the horseshoes to the frame. A 1/8 pilot hole was drilled into the frame first. I used the glue pictured to finish the cording on the horseshoe. Wow! I think it turned out well! I glued brown and white cowhide on the frame. I attached the horseshoes and a rusted Horse Head Drawer Pull  at the top. I drilled 1/8 holes and glued in turquoise rivets. My mother passed away several years ago and western decor wasn't her thing, but I thought of her during this project, as if I was making it for her for Mother's Day. I thin

Cowhide Coaster Box

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  A friend of mine made this coaster set and box for me. Very cute, and some may want to go this route, but it gave me an idea to make one western style. Here are the wood pieces for the box. Four sides of mahogany, or any wood you have on hand, and a plywood base. There are two pieces 5 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 1/2" and two pieces 6 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 1/2". The bottom piece is 5 3/4" x 5 3/4". The box is glued together, and brad nailed to secure. I cut a piece for a lid and glued a smaller piece to the underside to fit inside the box. The lid dimensions are 6 3/4" x 6 3/4" x 1/4" and the smaller piece is about 5 5/8" x 5 5/8". I glued hair-on cowhide around the box. I glued cowhide to the top of the lid. I painted the bottom of the lid and the bottom and inside of the box black. I spray painted a steer drawer pull oil rubbed bronze and mounted it to the top of the lid. I placed a strip of leather 1" wide around the box and nai

Texas Flag in Barn Wood Frame

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  I saw this Texas flag in a local restaurant and decided this would be my next blog project. It turned out the date of the blog would be March 1st, one day before Texas Independence Day! So, I built this flag as a tribute to my great state of Texas. I tried to conform to how the flag is officially described by law such as proportions and dimensions of the colors. Here are the dimensions I used for the barn wood I had on hand. I cut the boards to length and width and glued the frame together. After it dried, I stapled the back corners with a pneumatic stapler. I cut a piece of plywood 25" x 18" and glued and stapled it to the back of the frame. Flag boards are ready to paint. The painted flag boards will be glued onto the plywood backing. I tried to paint the flag boards faded and vintage, so I did a lot of experimenting with acrylic paint. I glued the boards onto the plywood backing and clamped them. I painted a large star nail, drilled a pilot hole, and nailed it into the f