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Old 06-16-2013, 04:34 PM
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Default Leather & a Sizzix Die? For Real?

You read correctly. Yesterday I visited my friend who used to make boots, shoes, sandals and purses. She had some ostrich looking leather she wanted to give me. While I was visiting her, I learned that she had a very expensive die cut machine for use with leather which made me wonder if I could use my Cuttlebug to cut decorative pieces of the leather with.

The leather she gave me is quite thin. Steve, my husband, measured it with an electronic caliper and both the green and the purple leather measured .5 mm. A dime sits on top of the rolled piece of purple leather.

When I got home last night, I pulled out the few Sizzix dies that I own, along with my Cuttlebug, cut off some pieces of leather and ran it thru my Cuttlebug.

Please note: Spellbinders dies will not work since their cutting edge is not deep enough. Speaking from experience here.

Below are pictures of the leather my friend gave me (pictures of the die cuts I made to follow as my camera ran out of juice):
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File Type: jpg Purple Ostrich Leather.jpg (17.6 KB, 30 views)
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:51 PM
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I too still have some of those Sizzix red dies and they cut almost anything. I can't see any purple leather but there is a coin on the white roll in the first picture. That looks like a soft leather rather than the harder tooling leather. This would make great trim on masculine cards.
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:02 PM
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The first picture is the same as the last picture. The purple is fairly light. It's more of a shade of lilac.

Fab, you are correct in that this leather is quite soft and not like the tooling leather.
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:55 PM
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That can happen in getting pictures taken and onto the web. It does look like something you will enjoy playing with.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:49 PM
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Here are the die cuts I made. The black square is the old type of Sizzix die.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:07 PM
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They look like good clean cuts. I can see the lilac color very clearly now.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:43 PM
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OOOhhh, we have a glove shop near by & I will be trying this with goodies from the scrap bin. I love that bin. $2 for a Lb. Not a big color selection but I have a great time digging in the bin & getting one off gloves for $0.25, so what if they don't match, they are for gardening & what bug or plant will judge me for odd gloves.
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Old 06-16-2013, 11:05 PM
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I think the only soft leather I might find around these parts would be suede.
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I cut various types of leather a lot on my Big Shot and Cuttlebug. My DH & some of my friends work with leather. I am the go to girl to cut out things. I have cut a lot of suede too. I have cut leather with Nestabilities. I had to run it through a couple of times but it will cut. I don't own any of the doily type designs from Spellbinder's. I only own simple shapes so that might have been the reason why I had good success.

The reason I own two different manual die cutters is because I cut out so much fabric, leather, laces & other textile materials I wanted one machine for fabric and one machine for paper.
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:28 AM
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When I first got my Big Shot several years ago, Inky Fingers and I speculated about cutting leather but never got around to trying it. I think I need to make a trip to the leather outlet......

with a little fabric glue you could make some awesome tee shirts, jackets, etc as well! Hey PiecesnPom this could be a whole new line of items for you to sell.
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