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Trying my hand at leatherwork

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Bodean, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. Bodean

    Bodean You'll shoot your eye out kid Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    50
    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    I have always found leather working a fun hobby. I decided to get a little more serious with it. here is a guitar strap I made last week. It is more challenging than expected. Tools of the trade require a bit of an investment too. Does anyone else get into this hobby?
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  2. Monkeyboy

    Monkeyboy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 23, 2015
    Ghost Dog Heart
    I tried some leather for fun as a kid but got into metal and jewelry more seriously . That's good stamp work , and
    a technique that's used a lot in making 'Indian' jewelry, which is what I did as a teenager and young adult . Silversmithing.
    I liked fire and machines , so leather work didn't hold me :cool:. Stamping takes practice to get good, usually . You can get pretty far into carving and stamping , like for saddles . It's people who can do fancy engraving (leather carving and metal engraving) that impress me a lot. That's an area I never did enough to get any good at , so it has a mystique to it , still .
     
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  3. nhsdpl

    nhsdpl Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 21, 2012
    West Australia
    For a first effort, that's pretty good :thumb:


    Cheers.
     
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  4. Lonn

    Lonn Administrator Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 6, 2014
    In the shadows
    Admin Post
    I did many years ago but not at that level. That's really nice.
     
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  5. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Beer me up Scotty Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 11, 2015
    Sweden
    That's really interesting, what kind of tools did you need to do that?
     
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  6. Hash McBrown

    Hash McBrown Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 15, 2012
    Southern Illinois
    That's really nice work! I made a guitar strap and have it on my bass, now (the American Deluxe got traded in for the bass.) Nice and wide. I also made a leather belt buckle from a Tandy Leather kit to keep the buckle rash off the backs of my guitars. I don't mind the natural wear but I'd rather not encourage it. Here's one of the many holsters I made (keep in mind that it's my daily carry, usually in my pocket. It looked better new.)
     
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  7. carver

    carver The East Coast Strangler Strat-Talk Supporter

    holy smokes man! nice looking work.
     

  8. Bodean

    Bodean You'll shoot your eye out kid Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    50
    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    Thanks for the replies. Joel it takes whatever stamping tool ir tools you choose, a mallet, some leather, and a piece of granite is what I use for a solid base to stamp the leather. It takes thought and practice to do a design. You really only get one shot to do it right. I gave this one to my son, and I snapped some quick pics before he was out the door with it. I have enough leather for one more. The next one will be a bit different.
     

  9. Bodean

    Bodean You'll shoot your eye out kid Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    50
    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    I made a pattern from poster board to get everything the way I wanted it. Patterns are available to buy, but I figured I would make my own style and width.
     
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  10. stratman in va

    stratman in va Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
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    Jul 27, 2012
    Virginia
    Bodean - Nice work! My Dad did leather work, and got good at it. I learned a little from him, and did a little. I did a purse, a couple wallets and a guitar strap. Have done a few minor repairs on things the last couple years.

    You did a nice job with the stamps and carving. I have not done much of that, and what I did was in the 80s.
     
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  11. Bob M

    Bob M Strat-Talker

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    Sep 5, 2012
    North of Boston

  12. Bodean

    Bodean You'll shoot your eye out kid Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    50
    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    Believe me, I see why good leather straps are high now.
     
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  13. Bodean

    Bodean You'll shoot your eye out kid Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    50
    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    Started out making some bracelets for my wife and daughter, then my wife wanted a belt. Its growing.
     
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  14. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Beer me up Scotty Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 11, 2015
    Sweden

    Nice, did you need to stain it or did the dark color around the stamp occur naturally?
     
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  15. Bodean

    Bodean You'll shoot your eye out kid Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    50
    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    It occured during staining. It is a saddle brown. The color is darker and redder than I thought it would be. But its ok
     
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  16. Bodean

    Bodean You'll shoot your eye out kid Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    50
    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    I had a go at another strap. This one was a bit more challenging. getting the straps the way I wanted to get the buckle to work. You would think there would be measurements and such online, but Icouldn't find any. Just photos. So I uneducated guessed most of it. Anyway it is what it is, and it wound up functioning as it should. I at least have a model to go by for the future. If I can keep my son from snatching them and running off with them. Oh well, if it wasn't for him I probably wouldn't be doing this anyway.
    The color was a bit of an educational experience. I had some black dye. I thought this strap would be a black one. Turns out the black was an antique black, and didn't saturate into a solid color. Just kinda rubbed all of and left a see through black glaze that looked like a greenish hue when it dried. Probably would have been cool, but I went back over with a medium brown and it turned out looking more aged. The cross is actually the antique black so I left it that way for contrast. Also got my first experience at punching holes and stitching the cross by hand. If I keep doing this I may have to look into a sewing machine for leather.
    Anyway it was fun, thought I would share. I have another one in the works, but this time I have ordered the black dye I need.
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  17. Mouse

    Mouse The Knees of Rock Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    50
    Apr 25, 2012
    New Jersey
    That's some nice looking work Bodean.
     
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  18. Bodean

    Bodean You'll shoot your eye out kid Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    50
    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    Thanks for the compliment Mouse, I am self teaching my way, like I do everything else I ever done in life.
     

  19. Mouse

    Mouse The Knees of Rock Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    50
    Apr 25, 2012
    New Jersey
    Yeah I'm the same. Heaven forbid I make my life easier and have someone teach me something. :p
     

  20. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Duderino Strat-Talk Supporter

    Hey Bo nice work!! My stepdad used to do leather work, so I did some when I was 13 or 14. Not near that nice!! I t6hink I made a mean key chain strap or two, LOL. There is too much patience involved for me to ever be good at it. If you decide to sell some I am in for a couple.
     
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