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 Posted: Fri May 6th, 2011 11:06 pm
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FnuSnu99
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(First, YES I miss spelled cooking, hahahah, the pun is on me ...even though un attended)

Started making straps for my own watches, but didn´t take long until a buddy asked "hey, can you make me on to?" So I did, and sold some more to. Nice little hobby, and something to spend the time on when the kids are finally in bed.
Had to "borrow" some buckles and one keeper on the pictures, that u probably can see. But got a bunch of new buckles on the way, so will finish them up then. Also not made holes on e few of them, but all in due time
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Would love to hear what you fellow WIS think?
And more to come to:0)
Rolf



#1 22mm


#2 24mm


#3 22mm


#4 24mm


#5 24mm


#6 24mm


#7 22mm


#8 22mm


#9 24mm


#10 22mm (older one, and one of my first, so a bit of a miss on some stitches there ...)


#11 24mm


#12 22mm


#13 22mm


#14 24mm


#15 24mm


#16 24mm


#17 24mm


Played around with some keepers. TYR (in runes) being the norse god of war.


Vortex on new shoes ...(#7)


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 Posted: Fri May 6th, 2011 11:58 pm
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Great Job #4 and #7 I think are my favourites. I would love to try to do this myself some day I only hope I am half as successful as you were.
Keep up the great work.bravo.gif

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 Posted: Sat May 7th, 2011 12:04 am
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Thanks a lot Brimful! Much appreciated. And funny that u like those two, cause two of my favourites also, hehe.
Actually not as hard as one might think. Just takes a little patience and precision, and you´re on your way. 

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WOW..some really great work!!! We have alot of talented guys on 3T...

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Rolf, this is great work and keeps you away from mischiefsubtlelaugh.gif


My fave is #3 in 22mm. Maybe you can try to distress some of your straps through the use of some acid and maybe some sandpapering and emery boards. Can you experiment on gray leather? Can you try a closed-loop with canvass internal linings like the real thing in WWII?

Good hobby....I just don't have the eyes and the patience you guys have

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Thanks guys!
Jupp, already experimenting on different methods for that distress-look (no acid though, but oils, sandpaper and wax) Gonna post pics´ when I´m satisfied. And also working on something more unique looking.

BigRusty, guess you are referring to a flieger strap, type A/B? Haven´t tried that before, but can see if I can´t give it a try. But a whole different kind of strap and completely different techniques involved. And getting it as close to the original as possible, THAT is the trick. Working on a distressed (black/tan) leather zulu now, and we can see where we go from there. Probably gonna have a few more done by tomorrow, and post pics´ then.

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Great work... You say it's easy but then you guys go on talking about stuff I have no idea about :(.
Had you worked in leather before? Did you take a class? Follow a web site?
I have this idea for a strap for my bronze Moray (which I don't yet have, That would combine elements of distressed canvas and leather reminiscent of an old deep-sea suit with the helmet.

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Hehe, yes I guess saying it´s easy does´t necessary MAKE it easy. But seriously, once you get going, and there WILL be some awful results in the beginning (my first looked like something the cat dragged inn:0) It´s at least kind of easy? haha.
To your question, no, havent done any clases or followed any thing special. Just always enjoyed fiddling around with stuff like this. And had never done anything leather before I started with straps. But there is a few good tutorials on youtube.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAelAHcT7LA

(this is at least an easy way to start, and I make many that way.

Just finished a leather zulu distressed w/low light hard wear btw, here it is ...







  

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I like it a lot Rolf. Maybe if you dyed the raw edge black it would take on a different look altogether. Nice, amigobravo.gif

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 Posted: Sat May 7th, 2011 02:34 pm
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thankyou.gifBigRusty!
Have ordered some more gum tragacant for the edges (all out) so will smarten up this one and the rest when I get it. Leaves a nice "hard" and kinda painted edge. But think I´m gonna leave the raw edges on the lightest tan ones. And on some I have just used bees wax to seal up the edges (darkens it also)

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FnuSnu99 wrote:
thankyou.gifBigRusty!
Have ordered some more gum tragacant for the edges (all out) so will smarten up this one and the rest when I get it. Leaves a nice "hard" and kinda painted edge. But think I´m gonna leave the raw edges on the lightest tan ones. And on some I have just used bees wax to seal up the edges (darkens it also)


You're welcome, Rolf. For sure you've also figured out that just because you made a leather zulu, you can also put stitches on the same zulu, right? Just a suggestion, amigohappy guy.gif

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You mean like design-wise? Like on the other straps shown?
Of course, but actually think a clean leather zulu is more appealing  (imo)
But everything is possible
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