Hey friends! Adrianne here with you today to get into some nearly-spring accessories. I know here in the US, many of us are buried in snow, but for the first time in a long time, Michigan is getting some great thaws, so I'm thinking of birds and flowers!
To add to this spring fever, I just got the chance to try out some of Debi Potter's new dies. The SIzzix Bigz L Garden Flower die is a great complement to the Sizzix Thinlits Intricate Garden Flower set, and no matter what you make with them, a quick tag made with the Sizzix Thinlits Tags & Phrases makes a great tie-on.
If you are getting to know my style at all, you probably guessed that I was dying to make accessories from these great spring die cuts! So I raided my upholstery leather scraps (upholstery leather is not only flexible enough to be die-cut by the Bigz line, but it also comes in a bunch of great colors) and die-cut the pieces to make a fabulous layered leather flower.
To die-cut leather, lay a scrap smooth side down over the shape you want to cut. In this case, I wanted all my pieces different colors, so I trimmed them down and fit them all onto my Bigz die. Place an acrylic cutting pad below and on top of the leather pieces, and roll it through your Big Shot.
Next, I wanted to rivet the floral pieces together for security. There are some excellent adhesives out there, but nothing beats metal when it comes to layering several pieces of leather together! Each leather piece needs a small hole punched in the center (and in the case of my leaves, I placed the hole off on one leaf for a pretty asymmetrical look). Just place the leather on a steel block (the center of this wood support unit has a flat steel block in the center), and use a hollow punch with a 2mm hole. Give the top of the punch a few taps with your hammer, and remove the little hole from the leather piece.
You can also use a hand punch in many cases, but they do have a limited reach, so you can't always reach to the center. The old school hollow punches are less expensive and more versatile, so there's no need to invest a lot of money in a fancy leather punch set!
Next, using a compression rivet (may favorite kind because they're the most simple), place the flat side down on your steel block, stack and arrange your leather die cuts, and press the rivet cap on top. Using a rivet setting tool (which is domed, so as not to smash the top of the rivet where it shows), place it on top of the rivet and tap the top with your hammer several times until the two halves are firmly compressed.
Next, a bit of heavy-duty adhesive to the top of a hair pin was all I needed to finish off my clip. Check the recommendations on your adhesive - if it will bond both metal and leather, it should work well for this project. My personal favorite is Gutermann Glue.
You can make a fun tag to include with a hair clip meant to be a gift, too! I love the extra shapes and phrases on the Sizzix Thinlits die set. I die cut them using my magnetic platform and a scrap of coordinating card stock, and to get all the fine details out, I rolled the die with my foam pad and roller brush. If you work with Sizzix Thinlits or any of the intricate dies often, this tool is a must-have. A few passes over the top of the die pops all the tiny pieces out!
Finally, I didn't even bother to tie the tag on, I just clipped the hair pin onto it and let the message speak for itself! This is a great little handmade gift for a girlfriend, or I can even see assembling several of these for craft fairs or shows if you're into that sort of thing. The leather scraps required are so small, your supply can go a really long way.
Other Materials Used:
- Scraps of Upholstery Leather in Orange, Pearl, Brown, and Sea Glass Blue
- 6mm Compression Rivet
- Rivet Setting Tool
- Steel Block
- Manual Hollow Leather Hole Punch
- Gutermann Glue
- 60mm Hair Clip
- Scrap of Brown Card Stock