Thursday, May 28, 2009

Miniature Leather Pots with Cheryl Smeja

While in Sheridan a couple weeks ago, Stacy and I took a class from Cheryl Smeja on making miniature leather pots. The pots were really fun and easy to make. The leather was dipped into boiling water and the water shrunk and curled them up so you really didn't know how they were going to turn out until you were done. Then we made flowers to put into the little pots. The flowers were also dipped in the water for shaping. The water hardened the leather so once it cooled and dried, it keeps it's shape. Then the pots were decorated with wire and beads. Cheryl does a lot of different, fun things with leather and it was great to finally get a chance to take a class from her. I know we are going to be making more of these little pots. They will be a great way to use up small scraps of leather. You can see a lot of the different things Cheryl does with leather at her website. She also teaches classes at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point WI.

These are the 2 pots I made in the class. I had another flower in the pot on the left, but Stacy stole it and put it in her pot! The pot in the photo above is one of her pots with her flowers and the one she stole from me.

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