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Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 10:24
The leather and tools are out again for the umpteen time . I am having an other go at making my own leather straps , this time going for a two piece strap .

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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 11:00
Straps cut and the ends thinned out all glued and clamped together for an hour or two ... time for a cuppa


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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 11:00
i see you have remmbered the salt,pepper and vinegar this time Razz

looking forward to seeing the results
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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 11:27
@domecurb wrote:i see you have remmbered the salt,pepper and vinegar this time Razz

looking forward to seeing the results

ssshhhh that is a secret family recipe to "age" leather lol!
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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 12:01
That's quite a collection of tools Shocked

With this being a two piece strap have you a particular watch in mind to use it on? Going by the colour of the leather it would look good on a number of different types of watch. Very Happy
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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 12:09
@daff62 wrote:That's quite a collection of tools Shocked

With this being a two piece strap have you a particular watch in mind to use it on? Going by the colour of the leather it would look good on a number of different types of watch. Very Happy

I have a watch coming to me which requires a strap ... all to be revealed soon Very Happy
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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 12:28
@SeikoJohn wrote:
@daff62 wrote:That's quite a collection of tools Shocked

With this being a two piece strap have you a particular watch in mind to use it on? Going by the colour of the leather it would look good on a number of different types of watch. Very Happy

I have a watch coming to me which requires a strap ... all to be revealed soon Very Happy

Sounds intriguing John Suspect I will look forward to seeing how you get on with the strap as well as news about the new watch. Very Happy
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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 13:57
Almost finished



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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 14:15
@SeikoJohn wrote:Almost finished



that is very nice neat and tidy too Very Happy
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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 14:17
@SeikoJohn wrote:
@daff62 wrote:That's quite a collection of tools Shocked

With this being a two piece strap have you a particular watch in mind to use it on? Going by the colour of the leather it would look good on a number of different types of watch. Very Happy

I have a watch coming to me which requires a strap ... all to be revealed soon Very Happy
you do know the watch that you are waiting for has 23mm lugs ? Shocked
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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 14:42
This strap will have plenty of movement then Shocked

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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 14:47
@domecurb wrote:
@SeikoJohn wrote:
@daff62 wrote:That's quite a collection of tools Shocked

With this being a two piece strap have you a particular watch in mind to use it on? Going by the colour of the leather it would look good on a number of different types of watch. Very Happy

I have a watch coming to me which requires a strap ... all to be revealed soon Very Happy
you do know the watch that you are waiting for has 23mm lugs ? Shocked

That rules out anything vintage then. Rolling Eyes Very Happy
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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 14:59
@SeikoJohn wrote:This strap will have plenty of movement then Shocked

only kidding, if its what i think then its 22mm Razz
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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 15:15
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@SeikoJohn wrote:This strap will have plenty of movement then Shocked

only kidding, if its what i think then its 22mm Razz

Still not vintage then. Evil or Very Mad
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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 15:30
Update .. all finished apart from the holes and a keeper to make . When I trimed the edges I noticed the leather was a lighter colour so out came to brown shoe polish and I darkened it up before burnishing the edges.
I used some old thin leather from a coat to line the inside of the strap Very Happy

First time using screw in rivets on a strap I think it makes the strap look good and I dont need to sew anything now


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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 15:52
Put it onto my Seiko 7548 for now and I like it .. big and chunky




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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 15:54
Looks great John, well done.

I think the screw in rivets work really well and add to the chunky look of the strap. It was also a good idea using thin leather to line the inside of the strap. Very Happy

Great re-cycling & just imagine how much that strap would cost retail. Shocked
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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 15:57
Just seen your pictures with the strap on the Seiko. Very nice.
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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 15:58
@daff62 wrote:

Great re-cycling & just imagine how much that strap would cost retail. Shocked

Probably about £2.50 because I made it lol I am not totally happy with it but it is the beat yet that I have made
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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 16:16
I think it looks good John and any reservations you have about it could be kept in mind for the next strap you do. Very Happy

I do like the rivets though if they came in different colours like black or in steel you may feel they would be a good match for the types of watches you wear. For now though enjoy today's result, definitely worth a lot more than £2.50. Very Happy
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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 16:52
well done, a great effort i think it looks geat, you should be pleased with it Very Happy
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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 16:56
I want to turn the screw rivets around so the screw head is showing but worried they may unscrew (paranoia) I do not own lock thread .. any alternative I could use ??

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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 17:00
@SeikoJohn wrote:I want to turn the screw rivets around so the screw head is showing but worried they may unscrew (paranoia) I do not own lock thread .. any alternative I could use ??
a tiny dab of superglue does the job, most movement stems are held in the crown with it
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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 17:03
Thankyou

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Re: Attempt number # ... oh I have lost count

on Tue Jan 31 2017, 23:48
Absolutely cracking job John, I'm really impressed. I really like the strap, looks pretty professional to me, well done.
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