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Naked Belt by Marcusstratus Naked Belt by Marcusstratus
A Christmas gift for my mother, this is made with the finest leather I can conveniently find (the European single bends from Tandy/Leatherfactory) without having to do some thorough research or special ordering.

I call it the Naked belt because it's not dyed or tooled. While I do like dying and adding color to leather goods, from doing my leatherwork, I've found that dying an item can often decrease the quality of it. You see, most dyes don't penetrate more then .1mm and if the leather gets a good scratch, you'll see undyed leather underneath. This is kinda like painting brass paint on something to make it look antique, if it scratches off it just looks cheap. Another problem I have with dyed leather is that it will still age and antique, turning your green into brown, your blue into brown or your red into brown.

So the concept behind this belt is to let age and use color it and any scratches or smudges it gets will only add to it, not take away from it's beauty.

Vegetable tanned leather with Nickle buckle and 100% linen thread.
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Adhras Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow well done mate, It's a piece of a fine leathergoods! Can I ask? Where did you find the oval punch and how did you do it so perfect?
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks mate! As for the punch, I got this one at Tandy/Leatherfactory when they had it on sale. They have a variety of sizes and this one is a #07 (7/32) I mark my hole increments with a dot or scratch on the leather and then put the punch in the middle of the strap, straighten it out so it's not crooked and then give it a good whack or two with my rawhide mallet... not much to it.
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Adhras Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah ok, seems that you use two punch with a spacer, is something that I have in mind to achieve. I also have an oval punch but is not so oval :(
Thank you for answers!
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HighwayAssassin Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
It has a beautiful finish to it anyway (: And really nicely crafted.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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MerrillsLeather Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
did you seal or oil this at all or leave it unfinished in all ways?
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I did put a finish on it called Leather Amore, by Bee Natural [link] Just to give it some conditioner to keep it from drying out or anything.
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PrototypeDept Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Where did you find the oblong punch? That's a great idea for for buckle holes. Have they been around and I've just missed it?
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yup they've been around, I got this one at Tandy, when they were on sale once. Made just for punching buckle tongue holes like this.
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Wriin Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Nice work
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