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  1. Duracuir1

    Duracuir1 Nov 1, 2019

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    I started making my own straps a number of years ago. Some with new leather, others with baseball gloves, old purses, ammo pouches etc.,,
     
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  2. Duracuir1

    Duracuir1 Nov 1, 2019

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    Duracuir1 Nov 1, 2019

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    The blue one in the display was bought elsewhere. All others are mine. Some better than others.
     
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    Duracuir1 Nov 1, 2019

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    Duracuir1 Nov 1, 2019

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    Baseball glove for the Tudor. Old barber strop for the BR03. Old snake purse for the Seamaster and new leather on the manual wind DeVille.
     
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  6. danielbird193

    danielbird193 Nov 2, 2019

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    Great straps! Were you a leather worker before, or did you learn this specifically for watches?
     
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  7. Duracuir1

    Duracuir1 Nov 2, 2019

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    I worked in shoe repair as a teenager and began buying leather tools about ten years ago. Have been using the tools and getting better with the straps over time. The love of watches has helped! Thanks for your comments! Just a hobby at this time!
     
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  8. danielbird193

    danielbird193 Nov 2, 2019

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    They certainly look better than almost anything professionally made, in my opinion. Reusing vintage leather items is a superb idea and really adds to the look of the pieces. What do you use for the stitching? Can't be easy given the thickness of some of those leathers.
     
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  9. Duracuir1

    Duracuir1 Nov 2, 2019

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    I use nylon thread. Coats extra strong. Holds well and my jeweller takes my straps and in return he services my watches! Great agreement! I love sitting in front of the TV with a project to stitch while watching the NFL or College football. Very relaxing!
     
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  10. danielbird193

    danielbird193 Nov 2, 2019

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    You stitch by hand? Very impressive! I was imagining a heavy duty cobbler's sewing machine.
     
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  11. Duracuir1

    Duracuir1 Nov 2, 2019

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    I have the machines, but stitching by hand is more precise for me. If I make bags or watch rolls I use the machines.
     
  12. Njnjcfp88

    Njnjcfp88 Nov 2, 2019

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    Those look both supple and strong. Vintage leather being repurposed is noble and tells a great story. Bravo to you !
     
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  13. Duracuir1

    Duracuir1 Nov 27, 2019

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    QUOTE="Njnjcfp88, post: 1362573, member: 47142"]Those look both supple and strong. Vintage leather being repurposed is noble and tells a great story. Bravo to you ![/QUOTE]
    7B0B8009-1D7E-47E0-933E-00C7B821F00A.png AE5990DB-B5B1-4A0E-9997-B1AE2FD0FB5B.png 32942986-CA38-481F-94EE-CA07B48CC1F6.png B4D7DECA-FA01-4D0F-8345-FC32227B3B59.png . From alligator and snake purses that I bought in antique stores. My jeweller gave me a 45 year old Seiko in exchange!
     
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  14. Duracuir1

    Duracuir1 Nov 30, 2019

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    Someone very nicely set up this thread to allow me to show my hobby. (Thank you!). Here’s a few more shots, including F5977B7E-D305-4992-8F9D-05B59B6CA15B.png B1908D95-26D7-42CE-9871-06621E9E6DA5.png 7C853BC2-7C2E-406F-A3E0-8CDCFFECE64D.png a before and after of the snake skin purse. Now I need more watches for all these straps!
     
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  15. M'Bob

    M'Bob Nov 30, 2019

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    C'mon now! Stop teasin' and get some of these up for sale!
     
  16. Duracuir1

    Duracuir1 Nov 30, 2019

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    One day perhaps. My wife says “No money! That way it remains a hobby...” closer shots here of some of the ones in the display case (earlier post).
     
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  17. Faz

    Faz Nov 30, 2019

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    Impressively work. Your passion shines through!
     
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  18. steveb73

    steveb73 Nov 30, 2019

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    Very nice! I'm planning on making a few straps for my watches so this helps!!
     
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  19. M'Bob

    M'Bob Nov 30, 2019

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    FYI: first time in history these words were spoken...
     
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  20. Duracuir1

    Duracuir1 Dec 1, 2019

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    This one was for my jeweller’s son. Free straps = great service! 92D21080-5A6B-4D5E-B964-297721965D9F.png 74533514-DF2B-4968-82AA-2DE368A0AB52.png
     
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