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Monogrammed Leather Coasters

These monogrammed leather coasters pair perfectly with a signature drink. Cocktail hour, solved.

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

If this is your first project, get our handy tips on working with leather.

 

Stamping leather requires a few tools from a crafts store or specialty outlet (such as Tandy Leather): a stamping tool and a mallet, or a stylus. (This particular project uses a stylus.) For best results, follow these guidelines: When choosing tools, use stamps for premade designs and a stylus for freehand designs. When choosing material, keep in mind that thick leather such as cowhide will take the pattern best. Practice on a scrap first to get a feel for the technique, then work on your design. Always prep the leather first with a damp sponge -- this is called "casing" -- and it softens the fibers to retain the stamped impression. Once the leather begins to return to its natural color, start stamping. If your leather dries before you complete your design, remoisten. Going over the design in dye will deepen the appearance of the impression. Once dried, you have the option to apply leather finish: this protects the leather, preserves the design, and gives it a beautifully buffed gloss.

materials

  • Precut leather rounds
  • Sponge
  • Tracing paper
  • Stylus
  • Leather dye
  • Cotton cloth (optional)
  • Your own template

steps

  1. Prepare a template for your monogram design using a computer program and print out; cut design from the template. (Or use an alphabet stamp.)
  2. Dampen a clean sponge and apply water to leather rounds in a circular motion until evenly, completely wet.
  3. Once the leather has somewhat returned to its original color, place the tracing paper on top of the leather and the template on top of the tracing paper.
  4. Use a stylus to trace the monogram design; use a fine tip stylus for letters and a large ball stylus for the border.
  5. Pull away the tracing paper and lay the template back on the leather. To apply the dye, use a cloth or another clean sponge to rub the dye into the leather with circular motions (be sure to reach deep into the crevices of the impression); remove excess with a paper towel and let dry.

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