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Trouser Belts 3 4 and 5 by Marcusstratus Trouser Belts 3 4 and 5 by Marcusstratus
After having made those other two belts previously submitted to my gallery, I wanted to refine the task and get quicker at it. The top two took about 7.5-8 hours to make, from cutting the leather strips to applying the leather conditioner on the finished belt. The bottom one took longer due to casing it and then carving flowers into it.

They're all an improvement over the previous two belts in my gallery because these are made of 3 layers of leather, instead of two. The middle layer adds width to the center so that when the belt rubs against something, it rubs the leather, not the stitches... which is the problem I'm having with my trouser belt.

Vegetable tanned leather, linen thread. All hand dyed, stitched, waxed etc. And yes, they're all already taken.

P.S. Don't get solid brass buckles from Tandy/Leatherfactory, they're much more expensive then getting 'em from BuckleGuy.com
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VaporGecko Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Do you glue or just stitch your layered belts? I've been thinking of doing some myself, but since I work almost exclusively with 8-9 oz. I didn't want to go and have people wearing tow-lines around their waist.

I am also jealous because I think you have a keeper bar (or whatever it's called), which lets you get such nice, squared off keepers.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I first glue the strips together with PVA (the white leather, paper, wood glue) and then sew them together. I've been using 3-4 oz for the two outer layers and 5-6 for the inner. I would recommend using a heavier weight leather on the middle layer no matter what weight you use.

As far as making nice & square belt keepers, I simply cut some scrap the width and depth (usually glue a few pieces together) of the belt I'm making and according to where the belt keeper is located and then I get the finished keeper wet and slip it on the scrap block to dry. I typically hammer or finger press the corners so they're a bit squarer.
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danaan-dewyk Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
as always, they're gorgeous!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thank you! It's definitely satisfying to be able to make them look so.
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DancingDragon Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love the carved flowers in the bottom-most belt!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Yeah, I'm not much for tooling images, but simple designs like those I can do well enough ^.^
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