Our leather burning project comes from my pyrography book, Art of Leather Burning. It joins Landscape Pyrography, Great Book of Wood Burning, The Little Book of Wood Burning, Pyrography Basics, and Arts and Crafts Pyrography, in my wood burning library. All Available at Amazon.com
In part one we worked through the leather crafting steps to create your boot belt. Now we will work through the pyrography steps to wood burn a design to that boot belt.
Mayan Hieroglyphs are wonderful designs for any leather belt project. Since these little patterns are worked in small squares or rectangles, it is easy to add or subtract the number of hieroglyphs you need to properly fill the length of your leather belt.
Step 1: Create your Leather Boot Belt
Please refer to the step-by-step instructions for creating your own leather boot belt, found on Pyrography Leather Boot Belt, Part One.
The Mayan Boot Belt uses the double-needle stitching with a 1 ½” (38mm) long by 1 5/8” (41mm) wide buckle with a 1 1/8” (28.5mm) wide latch bar. The belt keeper is made with a 1 ¾” (44.5mm) steel dee ring. Cut one piece of 6/7 ounce leather 1 1/8” (28.5mm) wide by 19” (483mm) long, allowing a 2 ½” (63.5mm) fold for the buckle area. Follow the direction for making a basic boot belt.
Step 2: Print and Trace the Pattern
Click on the pattern image, above, for a full-sized printable pattern. Using graphite paper, trace the Mayan Boot Belt pattern to your constructed belt, with the repeated flower squares spaced 1/8” (3mm) from the hole end of the belt.
The boot belt patterns in this book can easily be adjusted to fit your boot size. Each pattern has a 1” (25mm) repeat pattern that is used in the latch hole end of the belt. Simply add or subtract these repeat patterns to resize your belt.
This project uses a low-range, one-temperature pyrography tool and the medium-writing tip. Plug your pyrography burner into your surge protector and turn on the switch. As the burner begins to heat, before it reaches its full temperature setting, start working a tightly packed scrubbie stroke into the background area of each pattern square. Because the temperature is low this burning will have a very pale, lightly spotted look to the strokes. You may need to turn off your burner, allow it to cool, and begin the scrubbie stroke again to keep the temperature cool enough to complete all of the squares.