just tried myself at making custom leather straps.
let me know what you think
long time i didn't make any updates!
it has really became a hobby and a passion now and i have done many since the first!
here are some of them! hope you like those
vintage look made out of new leather
black calf skin with bright orange stitching, super soft!
orange sea snake
tan vintage look with heavy teal stitching (again, made with new leather)
baseball straps made out of a vintage 1960 baseball glove
wwII swiss ammunition pouch
another ammo pouch strap, made in a wwII soviet pouch
vintage look again
black with white stitches
hope you enjoyed! i have many more coming too!
you can always go like my fb page guys
i don't have much that are already done. i work by special orders so it's all customized to the customer's needs and taste
turn around time is between 1-2 weeks, depending on if i have the leather or if i have to order.
i'm waiting for black frog skin to go on a tissot t-race moto gp 2009, stitched with thick red thread and red liner for the back of the strap
can't wait to do it!!
people can always contact me via pm
first is premium tan latigo leather, thick and very soft! i love working this type of leather! so comfy!
and this one is ostrich hide (not legs, the texture is very different)
might do more tonight, i bought some new leather
BTW, are you hand stitching or with a machine? When I taught myself how to make straps, I made a crapload and gave a bunch away to friends to try out. Now I maybe make 1-2 a year. I had a lot of $$ invested in hide and it was sitting around so I sold them off to two of the bigger Panerai aftermarket strap makers around. Win win.
I find it difficult to find hides without having to invest a couple of hundred for waaaay more leather than I need. So when I find some scraps I can use, I'll make a strap. I was tempted to line the green strap above with red hide on the underside, but meh.... to christmasy. LOL
BTW, the gator strap I made is lined on the inside with tan snake skin. Also... you're in Montreal... I'm in Ottawa. Have we met at a paneristi or TZ GTG?
no, i never went to those gtg.
i understand what you mean by the cost of the materials. i might have about 1000$ or more worth in leather lying around lol! i buy it in small quantity, mostly 3-4 sq.feet.
i do all my stitching by hand too. longer but i prefer the result
I'm essentially limited to Tandy (which is poor selection and expensive), ebay, if you can believe it (but not seeing before buying has issues), and there's a leather shop in Kemptville I can buy small scraps from, like maybe enough to make 1 strap, so it's hit and miss, but very cheap. But I made my dad a strap out of his old daytimer cover and I made a friend a strap from his old briefcase.
Your work has inspired me. Now I am wondering if it would be possible to make a custom watch strap from a bike tire (kinda like those bike tire belts you can sometimes see for sale on the web - http://www.etsy.com/shop/julienjabor...ion_id=5254209 ). Not sure how to make the locking mechanism.
I'm thinking an old mtb tire and a g-shock would go well together.
These are some incredible pieces. I don't have anything worth putting them on, but i think it would be fun to make them.
I'm always looking for new ways to invest way more money into a hobby than just buying something outright.
Can you drop some tips as to where to start, for a newb? What sorts of tools are needed? Books?
I have seen one ready made strap for the Oris "integrated lugs" advertised on Timezone and Watchnet sales forums, but can't remember whom. You might peruse those.
Otherwise I'm quite sure lowpassat could make you something using the rubber strap as template.
Edit, found the link to TZ seller: http://forums.timezone.com/index.php...=6440351&rid=0
Last edited by mtbscoTT; 03-19-2013 at 02:12 PM.
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