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  1. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Dec 24, 2019

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    1C2362D6-5E93-437B-83F4-5CBDF226FB48.jpeg Couple of old style straps.
     
  2. Syrte MWR Tech Support Dept Dec 24, 2019

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    Lots of nice straps here and I’m a great fan of home made straps with vintage leather, but that was a nice purse... really a pity IMHO.
     
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  3. jtrower1 Dec 24, 2019

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  4. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Dec 24, 2019

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    Thank you! I have used it quite a bit. The glove was likely 50 plus years old, so the strap is holding up because of the quality of the leather.
     
  5. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Dec 24, 2019

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    So, a thrift shop is having a 50% off sale, and I picked up this old bomber jacket for $10 (shown mid-way through removal of the lining and trim). Different patina all over, very cool. My plan was to give it a try and make some straps, so thanks for the inspiration. I assumed that the jacket leather will be thick enough for straps. @Duracuir1 , have you ever used jacket leather? Otherwise, I’ll end up making some leather pocket watch thongs and unneeded watch rolls, which would be fun too

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  6. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Dec 24, 2019

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    Go for it! Use double or triple layer. You can likely buy leather glue on line or at your shoe repair shop!
     
  7. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Dec 24, 2019

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    Cool! Now I just need enough rainy weather to keep me inside doing crafts :)
     
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  8. Professor Dec 26, 2019

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    If the leather is too thin you can buy a piece of split coehide and glue the jacket leather to it front and back. Regular rubber cement should do the trick if you plan to stitch it along the borders.
    Very old leather jackets, up though the 60's, often are made from fairly thick leather, they were made to last.
     
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  9. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Dec 26, 2019

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    Great advice. I buy entire hides, double shoulders or sides from Tandy. Because at times I make other items. I just finished this bag, again for my jeweller. Believe me, I get more from him than he does from me! 32DB37E5-5B3F-4E52-B1E6-0A15CAAA9840.jpeg FC6C8A58-D2BA-4900-B538-79DCA08A699F.jpeg
     
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  10. Peter_from_NL Dec 26, 2019

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    Great thread full of inspiration. Proofs again what a super forum this is.
     
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  11. bubu16 Dec 26, 2019

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    I am a bit handy and creative but won't even come a mile close to you bro!! Great and amazing work!
     
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  12. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Dec 26, 2019

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    Finished this one today for my latest watch. (Watch is in for some work). 20 mm. F45FFB93-8026-45A3-B57F-9921A18B9DCA.jpeg
     
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  13. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Dec 29, 2019

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    DEE631F4-E721-4622-B1C4-DAEA610E011A.jpeg 7F9DCB4C-3CC0-458A-8950-1BCF87766516.jpeg 03414CB2-EF52-4D18-8488-F846FE000D20.jpeg 9C85CA9E-5B36-4945-B8F2-5BA19B631BBD.png Have you ever seen a $4 shell cordovan strap??My jeweller brought up more old boxes from storage. One box was full of old straps. Most were very thin and of poor quality. Anything plastic or corfam just broke apart. Some of the leather ones that I tried split when I inserted pins. I managed to fill two shoeboxes and will use them for inspiration. A few look usable (see picture). The Constellation was in the box. It had been left for a replacement bracelet (40 plus years ago) and abandoned. It works fine and I am the new owner. And yes, those are $4 Shell Cordovan straps that look ready to use!
     
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  14. rob#1 Dec 29, 2019

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    Nice score with the Constellation :thumbsup:
     
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  15. Syrte MWR Tech Support Dept Dec 29, 2019

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    Fantastic find!
     
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  16. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Jan 5, 2020

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    Working on one piece strap for older 16mm lug watches. Measurements compliments of #JWRosenthal. The one next to the measurements is the original. I still need to stitch and trim my prototype (on the anvil). If all goes well I will make more. 8751F9D0-6A9C-4483-B24E-E15E81F4BAD5.jpeg CD5B0519-B1C2-4CEA-AA41-30BE8B766814.jpeg C6A803BB-3FE0-4BA4-B408-5FECB4739E4B.jpeg EAB90051-1696-4EC9-B345-FA9E5E37D939.jpeg
     
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  17. Mac5 Jan 5, 2020

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    I really, really like the use of the old baseball glove. You don't get much tougher or durable than that!
     
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  18. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Jan 5, 2020

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    @Duracuir1, I’ve been building my shopping list for tools and supplies, and have a few questions if you’d entertain them.

    - By way of glue, what’s your favourite, I see you use what looks to be standard rubber cement. Do you have an opinion on Ecoweld glue? It was recommended as a better smelling alternative
    - For the pricking iron, is there a size or spacing between the tines that I’d need to look for? Sinabroks brand was recommended to me (expensive, but I’d just have to buy it once), what brand would you recommend?

    Thanks in advance
     
  19. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Jan 5, 2020

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    Hi Dave. I tried the Eco glue and did not like it. I have a decent mask for the fumes. I buy the small tubes of barge cement. I bought my chisels at Tandy leather factory. Go to their website and check out their selection. They have worked well for me. On vintage straps I use the 2.5 mm chisels. I just got one this week that has ten prongs. It makes a nice straight stitch. Get a single and a double also for curves. They have a great selection of leather too.
     
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  20. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Jan 5, 2020

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    Thank you, much appreciated!
     
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