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    Homemade Goodies: Belts and Watch Bands

    Been a long time since I've been on the forums! Anyways, bought some 7/8oz Veg Tan leather strips and made myself a 5 strand mystery braid belt, a regular belt, and a 3 strand mystery braid belt for the missus.

    Used the leftovers to make 3 quick release watch bands (the one for my wife's Seiko wasn't finished yet when I took the pictures).








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    Wow! Very cool. Do you have previous experience working with leather? Or is this something you picked up recently? Where does one obtain leather strips like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMann View Post
    Wow! Very cool. Do you have previous experience working with leather? Or is this something you picked up recently? Where does one obtain leather strips like that?
    Thanks! It was fun to do and not too hard! This was my first time making something out of leather (other than modifying a couple one piece leather watch straps into two piece straps). Got the leather from Etsy (Leathercraftsupplies), the seller also has strips with buckle holes prepunched/snaps installed, but I just bought blank strips. The skiver, leather punch, and waxed synthetic thread are from eBay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nandyn View Post
    The skiver, leather punch, and waxed synthetic thread are from eBay.
    Oh good you skived the straps. I thought you might have made 7/8 oz watch straps!

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    Nice work. I did something similar (on a much smaller scale) a year or so ago. Got a small piece of scrap brown chromexcel leather from an Etsy shop and made a watch strap for my Seamaster. Very similar to the one you made here. I wear it almost every day, and it looks and works great!

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    Very cool.

    I need to get some tools and do some of this. Leatherwork is a hobby I have been tinkering with getting into for a while. I need to get a good list of essential tools to get before starting.

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    Wow awesome work! Those belts look great! Maybe I’ll take up leatherwork if I stop woodworking haha


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    They look great, congrats. I saw a similar belt at Target, and considered it for a summer look. I've done a bit of homemade "dappered" work lately, and turned decades old woven shirts into throw pillows. If I get a chance, I will share pics on here.

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    Thanks guys for the comments! I have a 12"x12" vegtan sheet from Springfield leather coming soon. Gonna make a slim card holder/wallet for my friend's birthday and maybe some more watch straps or something. Might sell a few if I make enough and if there's any interest

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