The fish leather keychains are hand stitched using vegetable bark tanned fish leather and reindeer leather.
The fish skin key fobs are made using zero waste materials that would have otherwise been discarded.
I purchase my reindeer leather from Sami suppliers in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Reindeer leather is a precious commodity and the Sami people use it for their clothing, making belts, straps, bags and other items. Generally they only sell small scraps to others, that they would not normally use.
I hand tan some of the fish leathers that I use, and also purchase small quantities of pre-tanned fish skins from other suppliers.
Please check my Etsy shop for the latest selection of hand stitched key rings, keyfobs, keychains, as well as other items that I have hand crafted using fish skins and reindeer leather.
Fish leather is not all about salmon. Over the coming months,
I will be sampling many types of fish skins to see how they tan and what types of fish leather can be produced.
I will show some photos, a bit of the process and results of the tanning.
Please do not ask for more details of the various fish tanning recipes I use. Those are a trade secret. But please do check back to see the latest fish leather tanning experiments.
Shop for Flex Frame wallets, coin purses, card wallets or billfold wallets made of Salmon leather and other fish skins and other naturally tanned Fish Leather in my PaivatarYarn Etsy Shop.
The salmon and other fish skins are a zero waste product. I purchase the fish skins from local fish suppliers that would otherwise be discarded. Fish tanning is a long and complex process. The fish skins must be descaled, cleaned and soaked in a tanning bath for several weeks. I only use natural ingredients such as tree barks to make the tanning baths. After the skin is fully tanned, then it is treated with a natural oil and rubbed by hand to soften the leather. Salmon leather has a soft and natural suede finish. When tanned with tree barks, the natural shading and pattern of the fish skin is retained.
The Sami people were known to tan fish leather as well as reindeer, in order to make purses, pouches, clothing and other items for everyday use. Reindeer leather is a precious commodity that is difficult to source. Most of the reindeer hides are used by the Saami people for their own clothing and personal use. I am only able to purchase the reindeer leather in small quantities that are sold as scrap leather. I stitch the small pieces together in order to make purses, pouches, reindeer bracelets and other items. Nothing is wasted.
Fish Leather Wallets
Fish Leather Coin Purses and Pouches
Fish leather coin purses – hand stitched fish leather and reindeer leather kiss frame coin pouches.
Fish Leather BiFold Wallets
Hand stitched Bi Fold wallets made of bark tanned fish skins and reindeer leather