In a previous incarnation I was a saddlemaker. I still keep current
on what is is happening in that little world...
To my knowledge, though there have been quite a few books on leather
craft, and a few more on the saddlemaking specialty, I've never seen
or heard of one that goes into the jewelry uses for leather.
I would guess that if you want to pursue this direction you'll be
able to write your own.
If you have specific questions as to suppliers, types/kinds of
leathers and tannage I might be able to help you... It has been over
25 years since this kind of work was a major part of my income - but
I am seriously giving some thought to going back to doing a bit of
We used to produce a small line of exotic leather inlaid sterling
products including rings, bracelets, pendants, and earrings. It did
all right back then, but there were other items we made that had
higher demand and we gradually phased them out.
Nowadays, you might have to consider the politically correct BS -
even though leather is not quite the same as fur - it is an animal
product... Perhaps stick with "printed" (on cowhide) imitations of
There was a time when we used to tan our own snake skins. Now,
selling rattlesnake and other snake/reptile skin products is
regulated by state and origin.
There was also a time - not so long ago - when you could actually
ride horses on the beach and sleep there. When you didn't need a
"permit" to camp in a public park...
Brian P. Marshall
Stockton Jewelry Arts School
Stockton, CA USA