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    Quote Originally Posted by webicons View Post
    Got stressed out last night so I sat down and made a strap. Zen-like state.

    This is from one of those crappy leather belts I got. First time using edge coat. Interesting look it gives. Reminds me of a piano.

    Can anyone give me pointers on how to make perfectly strait stitching holes?


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    I forget what they are called but there are two tools to be used. One is almost like a pizza knife with longer spikes. The other lets you mark the leather just inside the edge on the strap. It makes a straight line - then you roll the wheel with the spikes and make indents. VOILA. Perfect straight line and spaced holes. Saw a vid on youtube.

    They are below in the pic.

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    So this is the first time that I'm actually satisfied with my work. I took my time, taking breaks in between cleaning my work area (if you can call an old beat up coffee table a work area).

    I feel that this practice thing is finally starting to pay off.








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    I love bund straps, I think that one looks great. And that's a beautiful Sinn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BDIC View Post
    Saw a vid on youtube.

    They are below in the pic.

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    seriously ALL of those tools are fine but what I have found for me that works faster cleaner less damaging to the hide and better than any of them is your hands and minimal tools.
    the strap in the pictures is just a scrap one to show that all you need is to use your finger as a guide, find the width you want lock your fingers into that desired position and slide down the strap edge, mark where you want the stitching to go and use a stitch wheel to zip along the lines that you have already made. VOILA .
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    Whole process in time to mark the line where the stitching is to go roll the wheel spacer along that line cut holes where the wheel has left indents for the stitch, both sides of a strap approx 1 minute 14 seconds, naturally your time will vary.
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    Took a break from straps to work on my stitching with a journal cover. Used the strap and brass ball from a vintage ammo case as the closure.

    Still holding on to the large pieces of leather from the ammo case until I feel that I can do it justice.






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    Like that journal you did a good job.

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    Took a break from straps to work on my stitching with a journal cover. Used the strap and brass ball from a vintage ammo case as the closure.

    Still holding on to the large pieces of leather from the ammo case until I feel that I can do it justice.






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    Thanks Shane - appreciate the feedback.

    I'm slowly getting more proficient with leather-working skills but my trouble is trying to come up with something original.

    I've pretty much been copying other designs to get a handle on things but what I would really like to do is develop my own unique signature style.

    Can't say it's all been done before but time has distilled general watch strap designs to near perfection.

    I may have to find an outlet outside of straps that would allow me to express more creativity.


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    Thanks Castor! I started from scratch about a month or so ago after I picked up a Panerai.

    Being the cheap bastard that I am I figured that I could save a few bucks by making what I want.
    Exactly how I started. Great work so far!
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    Your work looks great, you inspire me to learn more about strap making.
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    Finished this one late last night. Stitching coming along but still forgetting to do stupid stuff like forget to punch the hole for the buckle!

    Anyone have pointers on how to make it look old and vintage other than wearing it or otherwise abusing it?




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