Pyrography Leather Boot Belt Project, Part One

Learn in this free, online pyrography project how easy it is to add pyrography burnings to small leather boot belts, leather belts, and leather wrist bands.  Step-by-step instruction and free wood burning patterns.


Part 1:  Basic Construction Techniques for Leather Belts, Leather Boot Belts, and Leather Wrist Bands

Our leather burning project comes from my pyrography book, Art of Leather Burning. It joins Landscape PyrographyGreat Book of Wood BurningThe Little Book of Wood BurningPyrography Basics,  and Arts and Crafts Pyrography, in my wood burning library. All Available at

Pyrography Leather Boot Belt, Part One Construction

Pyrography Leather Boot Belt, Part Two, Leather Burning



Low-Range One-Temperature Pyrography Tool

The one-temperature tool, shown here, is specifically made for pyrography work with a high range of only 750 degrees.  This lower heat range is perfect for any leather crafting project.  This is the primary tool that I used throughout the projects shown in this book and is very capable of handling any pyrography technique or skill.




leather pyrography, leather burningShown left to right – transparent quilting ruler, skiver, bench knife, edge beveler, Gum Tragacanth, cotton swap, edge slicker, 6/7 ounce leather, shown on a self-healing cutting mat



6/7 ounce vegetable-tanned leather
1 belt buckle
1 belt keeper or 1 – ¼”  (6mm) length of leather and belt keeper staple
craft knife, rotary cutter, or bench knife
transparent ruler, metal ruler
soft #6 – #8 pencil
synthetic all-purpose eraser, document cleaning pad, or white artist eraser
rotary hole punch or drive punch
edge beveler
gum Tragacanth
edge slicker


Part One:  Boot Belt Construction

Boot belts are as much fun to wear as they are to work.  They are just short versions of the standard belt, made to loosely fit around the ankle area of your work or dress boots.  Multiple boot belts can be stacked to add to their decorative impact.





Step 1: Measuring for the Length of your Belt

Measure the circumference of your boot about three inches above the ankle area.  Add to this measurement 2 ½” (63.5mm) for the fold-over that secures the buckle and 4-5” (102-127mm) for the end overlap with the buckle holes.  This is the total length of your leather piece.  Next, measure the width of your buckle where the leather will slide through the bar and latch, this becomes the width of your belt blank.


For wrist bands reduce the belt end measurement to 2 -3” (51-77mm), and for standard belts increase this measurement to 6-7” (152-178mm).

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