English bridle leather belt

I have made a couple of belts before but only for family which has given me a chance to work out what my belts should look like. When the leather is turned over to fix the buckle I want my belts to have a flush joint if it is not flush the joint will show through on the finished side as the belt is worn. I hope this will become clear as I progress, if not I hope some one will let me know. I have chosen to use oval holes for the buckle pin as the leather lays down … Continue reading English bridle leather belt

Chocolate and emerald green single pen case

Starting with flat materials I cut a strip of kydex and used a hot air gun to heat it up and form it around a piece of dowel. I welded the seam and rounded over the base. Having finished the tube I cut some emerald green suede and stitched around the bottom about 1 cm from the edge. This acts like a cushion for the pen if it is dropped into the tube. The maximum diameter of the pen is 18 mm so I am using an 18 mm dowel to make sure the pen will fit. While I was … Continue reading Chocolate and emerald green single pen case

Hexagonal pen case

Inspiration comes from many places in this case a sweet packet. Rather than going to the trouble of making a wooden form I thought I could just mark and score some lines and fold the kydex. Scoring the kydex did not work so I cut half way through which allowed the kydex to fold I thought it may be possible to weld the cut seams together to regain some strength. although this worked it did not feel really strong. Hot glue may have worked but I thought it was better to make a form and hot form the kydex. I … Continue reading Hexagonal pen case

Shoe care kit

I like many people appreciate good shoes recently I purchased a pair of hand made shoes by Loake and soon after had a chance to purchase a second pair at a fantastic price. So I now have two pairs of fine shoes and want to look after them. Here is the kit I have acquired so far. To keep everything together I need some sort of case, Artists grey board is my design tool of choice. I marked fold edges a small clearance then the holes for the tins of polish. (I freely admit there is an error here the … Continue reading Shoe care kit

Three Emperors (sold)

I know it should have been kings but this case is for Emperor sized pens. I usually make plain cases that are very strong for some time I have thought about making a case with some sort of design on it. I love to make things but sometimes I struggle to be creative in this case the chance to buy a pair of hand made shoes at cost price meant I just had to look at my feet. I cannot just steal some ones design but I can take inspiration from it. First I worked out a basic shape. I … Continue reading Three Emperors (sold)

Watch box

As I am learning to make watch straps and I have more than one watch I thought it might be good to make a box for them. I am also planning to make a watch roll but that is for another day. Whilst out shopping with my wife I found a pre made box for crafters. As you can see it was not an expensive box but I am sure I can add a little bling to it. After removing the lid hinges and fastener I gave it a little sanding I then cut some grey board to fit the … Continue reading Watch box