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Hi all,  

First time poster but have been following for quite a while now. I started leatherworking around 5 years ago and now work mostly as a junior prop maker and armourer in the UK film industry. Had a bit of a lull between jobs so decided to take the first steps in a small personal enterprise, so here is an initial batch of stock pieces. 

As a general rundown, these are all 38mm/1.5",  lined, hand stitched, and allow for interchangeable buckles. Keepers not quite finished yet but haven't been forgotten! There are a few designs going on but most are either oak leaves, Sheridan style floral, or a zoomorphic celtic interlace taken from a  9thc manuscript. 

Not up to the standards of many of the artists on here, but thought i should say a big general thanks as I have found a huge amount of knowledge and answers to any questions I could think of. There isn't as much of a tradition of leather crafts over here as in the US, particularly when it comes to tooling, so reading through posts has been invaluable. Cheers all!

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Excellent! That is a LOT of handstitching!

Jeff

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Man, I just did a single 5" section of a belt to see if I'd like it, and realized how much tooling an entire belt would be.  Then you go and post a huge stack of them!  That is a tremendous amount of work, and nicely done.

YinTx

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Wow!  Nicely done!  All hand stitched? Just wow!

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Incredible detail! All hand tooled, too? Wow! I really wish your small enterprise every success - the dedication that's gone into those belts is incredible. One piece of advice that is frequently given is to make a batch of one item so you can track your progress over successive iterations - it looks like you've taken that idea to a whole new level.

BTW, I echo your sentiments about the knowledge and support here on leatherworker.net. I'm still a novice myself, and continue to benefit from the sharing and advice dispensed here. I look forward to learning from you.

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Very impressive..
If you are thinking of opening an online shop, read what I posted in this thread ..
https://leatherworker.net/forum/topic/85542-finished-a-wallet-with-my-creasing-tool/
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Thanks for the feedback all, i'm glad you like them. There is somewhere between two and three months work in the whole pile, and some are definitely better than others, but as pointed out it's one way to track progress I suppose. As I'm sure anyone here will testify, there is always an element of doubt in your own work and any small mistakes become very glaring as soon as you've made them, so the kind words are nice to read. 

2 hours ago, mikesc said:

If you are thinking of opening an online shop, read what I posted in this thread ..

Quite an insightful post, thanks for the advice. 

 

6 hours ago, alpha2 said:

Excellent! That is a LOT of handstitching!

 

4 hours ago, Smartee said:

Wow!  Nicely done!  All hand stitched? Just wow!

All hand stitched- not sure therapeutic is the right word but thankfully it's mindless enough work that I can watch something at the same time.  I imagine stitching is an aspect which often gets overlooked by a layperson  so it's nice to share with a community who can understand the hours of tedium involved haha

Cheers, Alex

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Thats a whole lot of brown shades... Kool-Aid

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All I can say is Holy Shit !!!! beautiful work , how much time does it take you to do a stamped belt like that ? and cost ? how thick is the leather you're using ? . Again those belts look like a piece of art

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Very very good job. One way to hide those tiny mistakes is to present them in a whole slew of beautiful work. Kudos on that.

The shear scale of quantity here makes my head spin. Way to go!

I'm curious to see the keepers added......

Are those snaps holding the buckles? They look like rivets in the photos. If they are snaps, I haven't seen that style before.

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26 minutes ago, bikermutt07 said:

 

Are those snaps holding the buckles? They look like rivets in the photos. If they are snaps, I haven't seen that style before.

Mutt - looks like Chicago screws - 4th picture down has a pretty clear view of reverse side and you can see slots in the heads.

Gary

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5 minutes ago, garypl said:

Mutt - looks like Chicago screws - 4th picture down has a pretty clear view of reverse side and you can see slots in the heads.

Gary

I didn't catch that. I thought those were some plain belts. :whistle:

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Thanks again all for the kind words. 

On 5/19/2019 at 6:05 AM, utah leather said:

how much time does it take you to do a stamped belt like that ? and cost ? how thick is the leather you're using ?

I foolishly never timed one from start to finish and always had a few on the go at the same time, but i would estimate somewhere around the 12-15 hour mark, with most of that being tooling and 4 hours for stitching. Not the quickest production line in the world but getting steadily faster i think. These are all cut from the same 3.5mm hide, with 1.5ish mm lining, so a total thickness of 5mm or just under.  I think that is 12oz but don't understand the US gauge so well. Quite chunky really but at least they shouldn't break... Cost is difficult to quantify exactly and will have to be UK currency i'm afraid,  but assuming you mean build cost then as a rough figure £100ish for veg tan and £100 for lining for the whole lot, £5 per buckle, £1 per set of screws, estimate of £5 per belt to cover glue, thread, gum, dye, oil, antique, edge dye, finish etc and we have a total of £19 material cost per belt. Add in a realistic hourly rate on top of that and you have probably more than most people would be willing to pay for one. So no going full time just yet I don't think... :/ 

 

On 5/19/2019 at 2:29 PM, garypl said:
On 5/19/2019 at 2:01 PM, bikermutt07 said:

Are those snaps holding the buckles? They look like rivets in the photos. If they are snaps, I haven't seen that style before.

Mutt - looks like Chicago screws - 4th picture down has a pretty clear view of reverse side and you can see slots in the heads

Yup, Gary is bang on. The stitching on the reverse side of the buckle plate (or whatever the foldy over bit is called) is purely cosmetic, so although it looks like it's sewn shut, different buckles can still come in and out easily enough.
 

On 5/19/2019 at 6:24 PM, wizard of tragacanth said:

  I especially like the Celtic design.

Thanks, although cannot take full credit as this was pinched from an illuminated border pattern in the Book of Kells, in an attempt at something a bit different to a standard knot. But whichever 9th century monk came up with it did a good job I think. 

I realised there are no images of the tail end or close enough to see any real detail, so for completion's sake here are a couple more. 

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