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    1. Member lowpassat's Avatar
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      07-10-2012 10:42 AM #1
      just tried myself at making custom leather straps.

      let me know what you think

















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      07-10-2012 10:42 PM #2
      nice. saw your post on wus

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      07-11-2012 10:44 AM #3
      thanks!

      I think i found a new hobby now! lol

      getting addicted fast to this :S

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      07-13-2012 10:22 AM #4
      I've been thinking about getting into making leather goods, also as a hobby. Any direction sir? Your bands look great.

    5. 09-07-2012 10:04 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by OptimusGlen View Post
      I've been thinking about getting into making leather goods, also as a hobby. Any direction sir? Your bands look great.
      I'd wear on on my panerai

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      09-09-2012 11:55 AM #6
      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








      grey bullfrog







      vintage look again









      diamond stitches



      black with white stitches



      hope you enjoyed! i have many more coming too!

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      09-09-2012 01:29 PM #7


      Seriously, how can I get in on some of these?

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      09-10-2012 02:15 PM #8
      these are some awesome straps man! do you have an online shop to browse at all? or do you just post on WUS ?
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      09-14-2012 08:50 AM #9
      Seriously, these are amazing!
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      09-15-2012 06:34 PM #10
      you can always go like my fb page guys

      www.facebook.com/bondtailoredstraps

      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!!

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      09-16-2012 12:37 AM #11
      just finished this new one!

      smoke grey amazonian frog, thick red stitching and red suede backing!

      installed on a watch just to show how it look




    12. 09-29-2012 10:34 AM #12
      nt

    13. 10-01-2012 11:40 AM #13
      For those not on Facebook, how do we get your info. I really want a baseball leather strap for a watch I have.

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      10-07-2012 06:23 PM #14
      people can always contact me via pm


      new ones!

      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

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      10-12-2012 10:33 PM #15
      Nice work... I've been making my own straps for about 3-4 years now.

      This one is cool... the hide upon which the watch/strap are sitting is the same hide the strap is made from. It's just got two years of patina.


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      10-13-2012 01:54 PM #16
      nice one John! i like the color!

      i did 2 new ones

      one with teal/blue ostrich legs for my gf's nixon



      and one with a vintage baseball glove for a friend's b&r




      new ostrich legs too!


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      10-13-2012 04:33 PM #17
      I like the blue ostrich!

      Here's a brown/burgundy gator I made about a year and a half ago:





      And here's a blackgreen one I made this past spring:

      Last edited by JohnEcanuck; 10-14-2012 at 10:32 AM.

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      10-14-2012 10:29 AM #18
      pretty nice John!

      is the croc one's cowhide embossed or real croc?

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      10-14-2012 10:32 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by lowpassat View Post
      pretty nice John!

      is the croc one's cowhide embossed or real croc?
      genuine gator AFAIK.

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      10-14-2012 10:34 AM #20


      i need to try to do a gator/croc soon now lol

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      10-14-2012 08:35 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by lowpassat View Post


      i need to try to do a gator/croc soon now lol
      I didn't do rolled edges because I figured it would be a total PITA to do by hand and with the limited tools I have.

      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?

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      10-15-2012 07:14 AM #22
      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

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      10-15-2012 09:06 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by lowpassat View Post
      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
      Where do you get your small pieces of hide?

      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.

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      10-27-2012 04:34 PM #25
      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.

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      11-02-2012 04:35 PM #26
      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?

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      11-05-2012 08:26 PM #27
      You bastards may have just forced me into adopting another hobby


      Seriously though, any tips for someone that wants to get into this?
      Good instructional vids? Good resources for the resources?

      Many thanks.
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      12-17-2012 10:49 AM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by 99blackmagic View Post
      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'm curious as well.

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      12-17-2012 06:20 PM #29
      best thing i can say is watch the video on youtube of daluca strap. you will learn all the basic from there.

      in all, it cost me over 600$ and counting just in tools. i'm not talking about the leather yet. i stock for over 2k$ just in hides and exotics

    30. 01-25-2013 04:29 PM #30
      Thanks to Jonathan for a nice strap he made for me. Attached are a few shots ive taken.
      Follow here to see some shots http://min.us/mbyRcR5ESIfYb9

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      03-19-2013 10:40 AM #31
      lowpassat, what do you think you can do for my Oris? The odd 11mm lug width is making it tricky to find any online.

      I found some pics at WUS where someone made a combat strap so it seems doable.



      If you think you can make something that works hit me up on PM.

      Thanks!
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      03-19-2013 01:53 PM #32
      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
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      03-19-2013 02:28 PM #33
      Thanks for the info and link Scott!
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      03-19-2013 09:36 PM #34
      everything is possible!

      as Scott said, i would need the rubber strap in order to make the first.

      i will make a template and won't need any strap after that!

      i sent you a pm

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      03-22-2013 04:47 AM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by lowpassat View Post
      everything is possible!

      as Scott said, i would need the rubber strap in order to make the first.

      i will make a template and won't need any strap after that!

      i sent you a pm
      Nice looking straps.
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