Leather Baronial Coronets using the Cuir Bouilli Method – Temur Numuchi

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Cuir-bouilli, which is Leather boiled or soaked in hot water, and, when soft, molded or pressed into any required form; on becoming dry and hard it retains the form given to it, and offers considerable resistance to cuts, blows, etc.

The word was in common English use from 14th to 16th c., after which it is not found till modern times, when it appears as borrowed from modern French.

Seeing where the current baronial coronets are metal, and tend to be heavy, I decided to make a new pair for our Baron and Baroness. During the process of the inserting the cut-out leather for the molding part of the project I learned a valuable lesson. Make sure that the leather you decide to use is thick enough. My first try I used veg-tan leather that I typically use for making quivers or bracers, so it is around 6 to 7 oz leather. This ended in quite an interesting result. Not only did it harden the leather once molded, but it caused the leather to shrink to something that was way to small and made it very brittle.

Upon learning that the 6-7 oz leather would not work, I needed to get some 8-10 oz leather and recut the leather and make a second attempt. This resulted in a much better rough coronet, that while it did shrink a little, it did not make it unusable.

With this proper thickness I was able to continue to make the coronets and the result where to the satisfaction of their Excellencies

15 thoughts on “Leather Baronial Coronets using the Cuir Bouilli Method – Temur Numuchi

  1. Thank you. This is the first time I am actually displaying and Their Excellencies were very happy when they received them.

  2. The end product looks great! I liked the description of how you experimented with the process and the right thickness of leather. I’d be interested to know more about how you formed the coronets, attached the pearls, etc.

  3. These are both simple and elegant – a fitting item for any baronial head.

  4. Beautifully done with an admirable cleanness of line and design! These must have been well received!

  5. This looks so beautiful. It is so interesting to see the difference between the 6-7 oz leather and the 8-10 oz leather. Thank you!

  6. Very cool project. I too am curious about how you got the pearls on. Thank you for your artistry.

  7. Thank you for sharing your work! I loved that you experimented with the different thicknesses of leather! I can’t wait to see what your next project will be!

  8. Beautiful result, and I’m sure Their Excellencies appreciate the comfort of the new coronets! Also, good to know about the shrinkage — I’m a very amateur leatherworker, so that is definitely something to keep in mind if I try this technique. Thank you for sharing this!

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