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Adding sparkle to your leather projects
Tooling leather straps is one way of adding sparkle to your leather projects. This tutorial shows how to tool leather straps to get the look you see on the sandals above.

Posted by Neda H. from Smethwick, England, United Kingdom • Published © 2019 Neda Hussain · Reproduced with permission.
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  • How to make a sandal / flip flop. Tooling A Leather Strap For Sandalmaking With Metal Stamps - Step 1
    Step 1

    Immerse the leather in warm water for a couple of seconds, take it out and let the water soak into the leather for an hour or so. This is to soften the leather and get it ready for stamping.

    Hit the stamps with a mallet 2-3 times to make deep impressions into the leather.

  • How to make a sandal / flip flop. Tooling A Leather Strap For Sandalmaking With Metal Stamps - Step 2
    Step 2

    Dye the strap using a felt wrapped wooden block. Coat the felt with antique gel, be careful only apply a bit of paint with a wool dauber or paint brush. You don’t want the dye to seep into the tooling. Repeat applying dye until you achieve the shade you like.

    With a piece of fabric wipe away excess dye.

  • How to make a sandal / flip flop. Tooling A Leather Strap For Sandalmaking With Metal Stamps - Step 3
    Step 3

    Let the strap dry completely. Finish it with beeswax to protect the leather and enhance its beauty.

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