While writing the update on my new years’ resolutions I saw a lack of process in the interior department. I have like tonnes of ideas however apparently I just don’t make any of them… I am not sure why. So, I’ve started a little project between all my other projects, which idea has been dancing in my head for quite some time. I want to make a leather diamond paperweight.
Is a paperweight old-fashioned? Well, if so let’s make sure it will make a comeback because they are not only pretty (well most of them) but that perfectly organised pile of paper, laying on your desk, will never ever find their way to the floor. Besides, you will have to lift the paperweight to add any papers to the pile beneath. This extra movement might help you to declutter your desk and start organising or throwing some of those always-laying-around kinds of papers away.
Found an amazing DIY
You are not the only one who reads a blog for inspiration because so do I. I found this amazing DIY on A Merry Mishap for a concrete diamond paperweight. I do like concrete or rough decorative items but for my current interior, I am looking for a more timeless (not so trendy, haha) piece of decoration. So, I will try this DIY but add my own touch to it. Besides, how amazing does a leather diamond paperweight sound…? Oh yeah,… I thought so!
The first part of the leather diamond paperweight
First I will be making the ‘weight’ of quick hardening concrete with the provided design and will add about 0.5 cm to each panel in the leather design. I will use the technique of the box stitching (as I have explained in this post) although will alter it for the proper angle. I’ve never made anything like this so let’s try…. ;)!
You can follow me along the way and the first part of this project can be seen in the images below!
Oh dear… printer paper is too weak to hold the weight of the concrete… (not that strange if you think about it…stupid me). So I have made a second mall of thick paper, like cardboard.
In my case, quick drying concrete was actually ‘SUPERSUPER quick drying concrete’, I had to pour it into the mould in just a minute before it would already start to set. As you can see the top is a little less perfect compared to the bottom half. Well, it is only used for the inside of the leather paperweight and to give it the actual weight. I will still use the adjusted, as described above, mall for the leather pieces stitched togeather. Hopefully, it will turn out OK.
What do you think of it so far? I am already loving the idea of it. Stay tuned for the next part!