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Strapmaking, the Timebandit’s Way Part 1

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Strapmaking, the Timebandit’s Way

As far as Photobucket is no longer for free, I renewed the whole tutorial with Imgur as Pic source

So Members, there are sometimes people who guess a strap is done in a few minutes, I want to show here how much effort it is, in my case, to built a strap that fits exactly and won’t tear apart after 3 month.

Part 1.
I cut a stripe of leather for the top layer. A little bit wider and longer as nessesary for the long side.

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Sometimes the leather is too thick, in this case it was 6,35mm

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This needs to get thinner, I slice it down to the wanted thickness.

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One end  gets sharpened, that is important to get close to the watchcase.
It is for the bottom layer as well, not to get an uneven edge.
I use a modified razorblade for this job.

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A good leather glue is as important as a sharp knife. There is nothing more dangerous than a blunt blade, if you work with leather.

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The glue is applied to the marked areas, a thin layer, much doesn’t help much. If you apply a too thick layer of glue, it won’t dry,

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The sharpened end is turned down and both sides, at the markings, will be pressed together with power.

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A 2,4mm thick wire is used as a lugbar substitute .

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With a bone folder or a Reiffelholz ( Don’t know the english word for it ) the glued faces are pressed more, due gliding with pressure over the surface against the wire.

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Basically are the same steps necessary for the short side. But only for the side that is mounted to the lugs.

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See this continued at

 

Part 2 : http://www.rwg.bz/board/index.php?showtopic=31604

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Very informative, I love to see other craftspeople's tools. :P

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Id like to get a couple straps for my GFs watch while they are on sale, but I cant find the sizes of the S3 Divine Carre and R3 Divine Ronde straps.

 

Anyone know? Thanks.

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Hi mates,

as far as Photobucket is not longer for free, I have reloaded the pics of this tutorial.

Enjoy

 

Greetz

Uwe

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