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(Tutorial) How to make your own watch strap

  1. Fost Nov 27, 2017

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    Hi,
    So i spent some times stuck at home, making some strap so... i was thinking that some of you may be interested in a short tutorial guid to make your own strap...

    Part 1 : The long brin (generally 11.5 cm or 12cm)

    - You need to cut the leather: You can use a simple steel ruler but if you can find a Template it is perfect. Juts cut the two pièces you need first (short and long). I recommand to use naturally tanned leather, thickness 1.5 mm is good. Then lets start with the long brin.
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    - Then you need to shave the edge : You can use a shaver knive as picture.
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    - This step is not necesssary but i like to add a very insert in the strap. So just cut a small piece of thin leather (0.6mm) and glue it on the inner face of the brin.

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    - Then you habe to glu the part attached to the watch (lugs part) :
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    - Then we will put the liner (0.6mm). you can use the same leather or another one...but always naturally tanned leather. you need to have a little bit the edge part also.
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    Use this white tool to make sure the glue is perfectly apply (just smooth the leather with it)
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    Then cut the liner following the brin shape :

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    - Then we have to sew: There is a lot of video avaliable so i will not explain but just search for 'point sellier '. But first you have to trace the line using this tool.
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    Make it all along the side :
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    - Then you have to make the pre-holes starting at the Arrow :
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    and for the long line, you can use this one :

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    - then do the holes :
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    then sew :) : use this tool to open the hole before each sewing point:
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    - Here it is :
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    - then you have to finish the edge . You have to brun them first (you can do it manually , personnaly i use a dremel). So put some water on the edge and...burn
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    - after thatn you can use this tool to make bevel :
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    then, i use a edge finisher (Brown here) :

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    then you need to wait until it is dry :)

    and here is the results :
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    next part will be the short brin...
     
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  2. Fost Nov 27, 2017

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    Part 2 : the short brin (7.5 or 8 cm)
    - same as part 1 : cut ad shave (both side this time), prepare the insert and glue...prepare also a keeper

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    - then put the liner :
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    - then do the trace (line)
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    - the holes :
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    and sew ...
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    - You have to finish the edge as well....prepare the second keeper ...and punch the holes...and here we are ...

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    so I hope it will help you to test to make your own strap...i can't wait to see your creation...
    cheers
     
  3. Nathan1967 Nov 27, 2017

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    Fantastic! I can barely change a lightbulb Vincent, I know my limits - however, I’m going to show this to my Dad, a retired engineer who will no doubt want to give it a go. Thanks for such a great tutorial.
    All the best

    Nathan
     
  4. Fost Nov 27, 2017

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    For the last part :

    - put it on a watch :
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    :D
     
  5. Maganator Nov 27, 2017

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    What a superb post.

    The results are outstanding as well! Thanks for sharing this
     
  6. Nathan1967 Nov 27, 2017

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    Fantastic, I can do that!
     
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  7. Mr Blond Nov 27, 2017

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    Amazing, great post
     
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  8. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Nov 27, 2017

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    Fun! Reminds me that I have far too much time devoted to my job and that household repairs and other fun things are going begging. Where did you get the tools btw?
     
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  9. delmarco Nov 27, 2017

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    Nice! The art of creating and making things is so lost on American (Western) society today!

    This is great!
     
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  10. Fost Nov 27, 2017

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    Most of them cab be bought on the bay or through Internet. You just need to know the English word for.each ;) ( I don't sorry..)
     
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  11. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Nov 27, 2017

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    How bout the French words? :D
     
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  12. wkimmd Nov 27, 2017

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    ::psy::
     
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  13. Fost Nov 27, 2017

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    Knick for shaving the endS : couteau à parer
    Knive for cutting : indispensable
    Tool for bevel edge : abat carré 2mm
    Tool.to make trace : formoir en métal
    Tool to make multiple holes : griffes a frapper
    Tool to make one hole : alene ronde

    Hope to helps :)
     
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  14. ClarendonVintage Nov 27, 2017

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    Brilliant read!

    And here I am, thinking if i should start teaching myself how to open my watch cases
     
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  15. Enzo Nov 27, 2017

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    Great post :thumbsup:
     
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  16. wristpirate Nov 27, 2017

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    Great tutorial. Thanks a lot for this, very interesting.
     
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  17. Fost Nov 27, 2017

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    Of course you can change colors :)
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  18. Igora Nov 27, 2017

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    Great, I allways wanted to know step by step!
     
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  19. M.D. Nov 27, 2017

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    What did you use to punch the buckle holes on the long brin? I don't see that step. Great post btw!
     
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  20. Looneytoons Nov 27, 2017

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    Fost,

    Thank you for posting this wonderful tutorial.
    The knife used to thin the leather and the process of doing it is called skiving (in English)

    A great source of leather working tools in the U.S.A. and information is here.
    No affiliation but many years ago I ordered from them and was a satisfied customer

    After the holidays I want to source some distressed leather and try my hand at strap-making.
    Where did you find the plastic templates for the straps?
    Your guide will be a great reference for that project.
     
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