(progress not perfection is what I am after)
After years of buying crimp ends for leather I thought it time to start making my own. I ran across this wonderful blog by Objects and Elements showing how easy it was to make your own ends for leather.
I used 16 gauge copper wire instead of their suggested 14 gauge. I had some 12 gauge bronze but was not going to touch that! I find bronze hard to form but the tutorial said you will get accustomed to working with heavy gauge wire. Okay, surrre. :-)
It was pretty simple to do and I like the look. I did not want to ruin my leather with my liquid patina solution and so I left the copper to patina naturally. The tutorial used Gilder's Paste to "mellow out the piece". Hmmm...time to buy a new toy!
Surprisingly the ends were secure. Yay!