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Longtime lurker, rare poster... I've been pretending to play guitar for many more years than leathercraft, but by combining the two over the past ten years it has put a big smile on my face, and faces of a number of friends too. I combine all kinds of materials and lots of leather to create sturdy and comfortable guitar slings. It has been mostly just a hobby/side gig for a number of years but the Covid situation got me laid off my regular job in March so this is becoming more important to my family in the past few months.  

Some photos of my craft... beaded on leather base

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Game of thrones "House Stark" edition

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woven leather, great texture,  just like a sporty vintage red convertible steering wheel!

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Not super confident in my tooling /dyeing/finishing, but I'm slowly improving on that end. Just have to put the hours in, make all the mistakes LOL

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Vintage guitar strap style embroidered ribbon combined with leather nicely elevates an old classic

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Not too shy to sew found items like an old vintagey studded belt from the thrift to a new leather base to create a new one of a kind item

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Lots of possibilities. Sometimes my mind goes loopy in the workshop... working on one project, I come up with four more ideas. Not enough time!  Could be the glue. 

 

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Very very nice, well done. I love the woven leather, it's the kind of thing I'd reach out to touch just because it looks so plush, even though I'm not a guitar guy.

It makes sense to me that users always make the best accessories because they know how things are used.  Like photographers make the best camera straps, gun owners design the best holsters etc.

About the overflow of ideas, if you're slowly making this into a business don't get carried away.  Your time is your biggest cost, try to focus on 2-3 basic designs you are confident you can make relatively quickly and just offer them in slight variations, different colors etc.  Even if they're not your favourites, those are your moneymakers.  Make sure people don't get frustrated waiting for months, and when you start getting recurring business you can slowly start offering more.

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15 hours ago, Spyros said:

Very very nice, well done. I love the woven leather, it's the kind of thing I'd reach out to touch just because it looks so plush, even though I'm not a guitar guy.

It makes sense to me that users always make the best accessories because they know how things are used.  Like photographers make the best camera straps, gun owners design the best holsters etc.

About the overflow of ideas, if you're slowly making this into a business don't get carried away.  Your time is your biggest cost, try to focus on 2-3 basic designs you are confident you can make relatively quickly and just offer them in slight variations, different colors etc.  Even if they're not your favourites, those are your moneymakers.  Make sure people don't get frustrated waiting for months, and when you start getting recurring business you can slowly start offering more.

Solid ideas and advice, thank you

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Beautiful stuff @TVvoodoo, I'm glad you stopped lurking.

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Damn ! those are great ! Wow, I would have never even thought of ideas like that. very cool !

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This thread made me thinking about customizing my guitar. I remember dreaming of vintage Harmony Rocket H54 back when I was a kid. Two pickups, a three-way pickup switch, and original sunburst finish. I immediately fell in love with this guitar when I saw it in a local music shop. To me it was a genuine masterpiece and I could rattle about it for hours. Obviously I didn`t get one as a kid and my preferences slightly changed. Later on when I was in university I pleased myself with a jazz guitar and suddenly realized that I`m absolutely good for nothing. I dug into blues guitar tabs and recently I`ve managed to play my very first song.

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I especially like the last one...great idea.  I currently have a commission for a saxophone strap and the client sent me a turquoise (fake) studded dog collar he was interested in integrating into the strap.  I had thought about removing the turquoise and the settings but incorporating the entire strap is a much better idea.

Thanks so much!

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Hey Voodoo.  like your work it really looks great

since you seem to like to mix different things to get a newer perspective  I have another  direction you might find interesting

gutted paracord braiding,  

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