Leather Crafting / by john cheng

Being a maker means that you are constantly crafting and thinking of new projects to accomplish. Most of the time is is to create something that will fulfill a need that is currently missing. In my case it was something that would hold my signet ring when I wasn't wearing it.

I have found myself on numerous occasions taking off my ring and either putting it in my pocket or storing it in my backpack when im working on a project that may potentially ruin the ring. The only problem with storing it in my bag is that the ring is tiny in comparison to the deep recesses of my bag and I end up digging around or pouring out all the contents of my bag in order to find my lost treasure.

To solve this problem Iooked to my keys which have a key chain from Makr that has a leather piece attached to make it easier to hold. Voila! I needed something to make the ring bulkier when it is stored in my bag making it easier to find when I went looking for it.

Now to the the sketch book! I started sketching out various ideas of how to solve this problem and created a few renderings that I could use as reference to consult my good friend Howard Ming.

Howard is a friend that I met back in college who now loves the art of leather crafting and has many a side projects on the side which made him the obvious choice to ask for help from. So this past weekend I was able to find some time to head over to his place to dig through his tools and play around with a few different materials and finishings.

All in all the project was a success, it is much easier to find my ring when I toss it into my bag and it was a quick 1 hour build. Honestly, did I really need to make something like this to hold my ring? No, completely uncecessary, but I'm glad I did because I learned how to use a new material and learned about the various tools needed to make a successful product. I hope you enjoyed this!