Monday, June 6, 2011

Make It Yourself Monday: Sartan's Working With Leather

Hi, folks and welcome to the first installment of Make It Yourself Monday!  If you're a crafty kinkster - like Miss K. and I - then you've probably already found yourself looking at collars and cuffs and floggers and thinking to yourself, "I bet I could make that."  Or maybe the thought hadn't crossed your mind until just now.  Either way, I'm sure you'll be delighted to know that yes, you can make your own toys, and there are plenty of helpful tutorials floating around the internet to guide you.  Heck, there's even a book.

We've been collecting tutorials for a while now, waiting to have the space, materials, and tools necessary to try out some of them.  Hopefully, that will happen once we've finished moving and settled into our new house.  Once we do start some our own projects, we will, of course, be sharing them here.  But in the meantime, we'll share some of those awesome tutorials we've found.  Starting with...

Sartan's Working With Leather.  If you're looking to try your hand at leather working, this is the first page you should read.  There is all sorts of useful information here about the tools you'll need, how to use them, and even where to get them - though, it should be noted that the page has been around for a while and may not have been updated recently, so some of the information may be out of date.  Still, the tools and techniques haven't changed, and that's the important part, right?  Right.

Now, once you've read up on the basics and you're ready to jump in there and make something, Sartan provides instructions for a wide variety of restraints and toys - from basic cuffs and blindfolds to arm binders and suspension cuffs.  You'll even find floggerspaddles, and a really unique hanging leather cage.  My personal favorite is the serpentine collar:

I love the way it curves to fit the neck.  Looks like it would super-comfy.  We're definitely going to have to try this one...

But maybe leather working's not your thing.  No worries.  If you're more at home in the wood shop, there's plenty here to keep you busy too.  How about a St. Andrew's Cross (who wants to build us one?!) or your own set of stocks?  Or maybe you'd like to make your own vibrator.  Yep, that's covered too.

This one page could easily keep you busy for days, weeks, even months, but there's still more to explore.  Check out the index and you'll find additional links, including shops where you can buy some of the projects shown if you lack the time to make them yourself or purchase the necessary and sometimes elusive hardware and tools.  

So, to summarize, if you have any interest whatsoever in making your own kinky goods, you simply must visit this page.  Seriously.

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