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Thoughts on making your own full grain leather belt...sorta

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    Thoughts on making your own full grain leather belt...sorta

    so i recently read an article on another site (primermag)about making your own leather belt. basically you buy all the different parts from a tannery website and assemble yourself. it would be a full grain belt and you could stain it any color you want and add any buckle. what are your thoughts on this? is it worth it? it looks like it would all end up costing about $35.


    My friend and I are really about to do this. I loved the article and his final result. We did find another website that sold the belt blanks cheaper, but it was not full grain it was top grain. Sooo ya the article did a great job on sourcing the place to go! My friend and I are going to go the local Tandy Leather factory and buy it all at the shop since that promo code on primer no longer works for shipping last I tried. I'm very excited to try this out. I think it is worth it since a nice belt lasts a long time versus any "genuine leather" made in China.



      Saw the same article and am tempted myself, however, Andrew didn't do anything to burnish the edges of the belt, which would be another process. I guess it would severely shorten the lifespan of the belt.

      But, it still seems like it would be a fun project to me. (I don't think I'd spray paint the buckle, though...)



        Found it a bit cheaper thru Amazon. Also I like the buckle since it looks more gun metal.

        Shipped for me it is at: $32.51 versus Tandy Leather @ $34.24.



          Oddly enough, working on my first belt right now, though I'm taking a bit of a more DIY approach and am working off a solid piece of leather, cutting the strips and punching all the holes needed. Might sew it (or rivet it), since its more durable than snaps.

          You could do some quick/simple finishing of the edges by dampening it with a sponge and running over it quickly/briskly with a piece of denim or thick canvas. The heat and friction flatten down and harden the moistened leather.

          By the way, don't forget you will need to pick up a leather punch, since there are no pre punched holes in the blanks. You could theoretically drill them as well (please dont try to punch the holes with a nail!), but they won't give as nice of a finished look.

          And if you guys are in the market for custom leather goods, I highly recommend Hollows Leather. Its a bit pricey, but for custom made leather goods made from high quality leather (mostly Horween if I'm not mistaken)



            @Trung thanks for the advice on finishing the edges. So you simply dampen with water, and quickly run denim over it and that is a longish term fix for the edges? I saw videos on using some kind of tool to slice leather off the edges but I do not want to get to technical. Do you use water on the belt after or before you apply the leather balm?

            Also might just get this. If this belt works out it'll come in handy for the future!




              Also I came across this earlier!




                nice guys - post some pics of the finished product when they're ready!

                and travis b - sweet find on the amazon store



                  I'm really interested, might pick up some supplies! I'd love to do some basic leather crafting, and belts seem like the easiest way to start.



                    @TravisB, Here's my suggestion (as I was told by a leather worker):

                    Hook the buckle to a sturdy nail, door handle, something that you can pull from and is a reasonable height.

                    Take a sponge, dampen it and ring it out. Dab/rub the edge with it until it is slightly moist.

                    Take a piece of denim or canvas and rub briskly on the edge. I personally like to pull it tight and essentially rip it down the edge like I'm trying to slice through the cloth with the edge of the belt. Definitely get some pressure/elbow grease in there.

                    Do that a few times and see if its working on getting the edge hard/smooth. Make sure it stays relatively damp (should be a darker color) or else it wont work. You also have the option of rubbing some wax on the edge as you do this as well, should help it set a little longer.