EMU LEATHER SERVING TRAY
this issue’s project we are going to make a wooden serving tray showcasing a
wolf howling at the moon-all made from emu leather!
with a plain wooden tray and lightly sand with fine grit sandpaper.
This prepares the tray for painting.
Paint tray all over with darkest color from patina kit.
Dampen sea sponge and sponge on lighter color and finally with metallic
color-let all coats dry between applications.
Size wolf pattern on copy machine to fit tray and make two copies.
Cut out each section of the wolf and moon on one copy and use the other
copy as a reference. Notice each section is numbered to help keep track of where
each section will go.
Using sharp scissors. Cut a whole wolf from one color of leather and use
this as the base. Keep cutting
sections (head, legs, tail) in other colors of leather and layer onto the base.
Measurements do not have to be exact but cut points around the layering
pieces for more realism. Cut a piece for his nose and ear.
Draw an eye with a black felt tip marker.
Cut a piece for the moon and paint with white pearl paint.
Assemble all pieces and center and glue to the bottom of the tray as flat
as possible with rubber cement. Press firmly. Apply white glue around the wolf’s feet and sprinkle
aquarium gravel and let glue dry. Mix
and pour approximately 1 cup of epoxy resin over entire bottom of tray.
Let dry overnight. Instead of epoxy a piece of glass cut to fit the bottom of
the tray could also be used.
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