My girlfriend is obsessed with Doctor Who. And for her birthday, I decided to craft her a leather iPad case in the style of River Song’s Diary.
So first of all, I needed to learn to how manipulate and dye leather, but that is boring, so instead I bought the tools and taught myself, albeit some troubles along the way.
The first thing I learn’t about buying leather, is that it fairly sturdy stuff depending on where it comes from, and how thick it is. And cutting it with scissors is not an easy task, so I decided to buy a cutting knife.
Even dying the leather wasn’t as simple as I thought. My first attempt was with a sponge, however that came out patchy, so I decided to try an old rag. Which has better results. Leaving it submerged for a while gave a very dark colour, but took way too long to dry.
I was thinking of embossing the TARDIS plates, it didn’t look right, so instead I decided to cut them out and glue on the front, so I bought leather glue. My girlfriend later pointed out that were back to front, out when they should have been in. I think it looks better.
I used two types of leather, one thin and the other thick. The thick would be for the outer solid cover, and the thin for a nice soft interior. After dying the leather, and leaving it to dry, I glued the sides together. A slot for the iPad to go into was the most difficult task, trying to keep the shape.
To give it a more leather feel, I decided to buy a sewing awl and stitch the edging in place. This task took me a few hours, and occasionally had to redo when I did the stitch wrong.
The stitch line wasn’t perfectly straight, but I thought it looked nice and it added a lot more character to it.
At this point I realised that it was not waterproof, I had managed to wash most of the dye off my hands, which was better than looking like a Smurf. So I bought some leather finisher which would seal the dye and give it a nice glossy look.
However, it also made it stiffer which I had not planned on.
Overall, I was quite happy with the result. Thought I think Mark II will definitely has some improvements on it when I get around to it. Also I accidentally cut the inner pocket for the iPad which left a nasty gash and was out of leather to replace it.
I only found out that there was going to be a Comic-Con on in London on Friday afternoon, and when I found out Jewel Staite was going to be there, I was set in mind to go.
There were some people I wanted to meet: Jewel Staite (Stargate Atlantis, Firefly), Eva Myles (Torchwood), Danny Trejo (what hasn’t he been in), Michael Ironside (Starship Troopers), Michael Shanks (Stargate SG1), Tom Baker (Dr. Who), Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap), and Sean McGuire (Off Center).
Unfortunately, Eva Myles was only there on the Sunday so I didn’t see her… or the pillow fight :(. To the left however is now my pride and joy of that day when I got to meet Jewel Staite and she signed a picture for me.
It was a tough choice between getting the Master Sword and Tensa Zangetsu, but Zangetsu won since the Master Sword didn’t look as great as it could have been.
I suppose it might have just been banged up a little from being a display model for so long. I’d imagine there will be another chance to get it in the Anime Convention in November.
This is where I got my first picture taken with a guy dressed like a Jaffa from Stargate.
Michael Ironside was amazing, he was standing up, talking for a bit with people, poses for pictures. generally nice bloke who didn’t seem to want to be rushing things along. Not only that but he was doing this from the morning til late afternoon (apart from his lunch break).
Looking back if I hadn’t spent all my money on the Saturday, I would have loved to gone back on the Sunday dressed up as well.