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    Straps attempts

    Ok, I am by no mean a pro at this but I am looking for constructive criticism and or tips as well.
    I keep looking at straps online and find them rather exorbitant in prices so I decided to try it out myself. I have some great leather pieces all aniline dyed all top grain for flexibility.
    So let's hear it:

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    all hand made

    One side note the sides pun intended are not finished yet as I am waiting for the product to do so.

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    Re: Straps attempts

    Moved to Straps and Bracelets forum
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    Re: Straps attempts

    A+ for initiative about a C- on delivery. Don't waste the side finishing product on these prototypes. Hone your stitching and punching skills before going prime time with the side finishing stuff. I would focus on the 2nd and 4th ones. The 1st strap and 3rd are disasters.


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    Re: Straps attempts

    Quote Originally Posted by watch_hor View Post
    A+ for initiative about a C- on delivery. Don't waste the side finishing product on these prototypes. Hone your stitching and punching skills before going prime time with the side finishing stuff. I would focus on the 2nd and 4th ones. The 1st strap and 3rd are disasters.


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    counting from the top or bottom?
    agreed with the punching and stitching which I find to be the hardest to do by hand. I have no hole punching tool so really hard to go in a straight line.

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    Re: Straps attempts

    Good start, keep practicing
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    Re: Straps attempts

    Rome wasn't built in a day. I think if you practice and are creative you will work it out. There are lots of videos, how to's, and there is always Tandy Leather for live help. You have the first step ... you made he attempt.
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    Re: Straps attempts

    Quote Originally Posted by watch_hor View Post
    A+ for initiative about a C- on delivery. Don't waste the side finishing product on these prototypes. Hone your stitching and punching skills before going prime time with the side finishing stuff. I would focus on the 2nd and 4th ones. The 1st strap and 3rd are disasters.
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    Re: Straps attempts

    Don't be discouraged, those are a mighty fine 1st attempt. You're working against yourself a bit by choosing some above-average difficulty designs.

    From the top: #1 get a roller cutter and a steel ruler and you'll never worry about a straight line again. #2 the stitching patterns don't match on each side, and you should be practicing a solid saddle stitch. #3 has good symmetry, but widens toward the end, so the buckle won't fit it. The buckle holes are also off kilter. #4 the padding does not match on each side in dimension and execution.

    Little tweaks like that turn almost-rans into very wearable straps, and looking at what you've done, you have the skills. They just need to be matured.

    Make sure to post updates.
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    Re: Straps attempts

    Quote Originally Posted by CADstraps View Post
    Don't be discouraged, those are a mighty fine 1st attempt. You're working against yourself a bit by choosing some above-average difficulty designs.

    From the top: #1 get a roller cutter and a steel ruler and you'll never worry about a straight line again. #2 the stitching patterns don't match on each side, and you should be practicing a solid saddle stitch. #3 has good symmetry, but widens toward the end, so the buckle won't fit it. The buckle holes are also off kilter. #4 the padding does not match on each side in dimension and execution.

    Little tweaks like that turn almost-rans into very wearable straps, and looking at what you've done, you have the skills. They just need to be matured.

    Make sure to post updates.
    thanks for the tips much apppreciated

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