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Ok... so I black-dyed and clearcoated a couple of test, stamp practice pieces with a product called "super sheen" to seal the black down. Then I mixed up some black/silver sparkles at a ratio of about 3:1, added a bit of water and some clear acrylic sealer and water to keep it from drying out too quick. Took it to the test pieces with some good smearage



Wiped it off and let it dry.



As I hoped the sparkle medium stays in the nooks pretty nice. But man-oh-man working with sparkle is crazy! Just a little tiny bit and it's suddenly everywhere LOL - This is the showy tele we are strapping. I'm told it's not cream paisleys, more a pewter.



But perhaps the finish will "warm" over time, i suspect it will. Don't think I use cream thread, gray instead for the stitching, though creme would pop the fretboard. I think we need to keep the guitar the main event here.

Anyway, with the customers blessing I embarked upon sparkling the strap, just enough to take it from being plain ol' black, to what I would call "Showman's Black" if you get my drift. Silver to black glitter ratio about 10:1 I don't know what's right, or wrong. Never done this before. Hell I'm not sure if anyone has tried anything like this.

First I masked off the stitching channels because i didn't want to get a bunch of sparkle all stuck up in there.
Then, I went to town, smearing my ugly black magic concoction all over the dang thing



rubbed 'er in real good, then wiped it off and let it all dry out for a couple hours.



Got just enough glitz to it you can see it from about 15 feet away, a hint of glint to 'er. It's kind of exactly what
I was hoping for, not really super cray bling, just enough to catch the eye, the imagination... makes you want to look a bit closer.



Locked it all down with a couple coats of clear leather finish, laying it down a bit heavier in the crevasses.
Nobody wants to get stripper dust all over them, unless there's good reason behind it. Come to think of it, this strap
might be a real good alibi for the dude who ordered it. Hmmmmm

Don't really come through in still pics very good. Even the video don't show it so well, but better.

 

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For the Well-Hung Posse, all my stage swaggerin' CGF friends, LARPing or not.... Hope your photo made the cut if you sent one in.
Sorry couldn't use 'em all in, had to pick from the nicest ones, best resolutions etc.

StrapGAS enablement video o_O

 

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Discussion Starter · #564 ·
Things are getting dark here in the StrapLaboratory
 
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Oh-oh! Painful reminder to slow down with the super sharp tools? Legal documentation of an unfortunate workplace accident?
Knarly cougar on the loose in the neighborhood? No, no and NO!



It's my second Regan strap this week, but this time I'd figure I'd put my macabre boyhood hobby/skills to work with some hollywood style special effects on the strap.
Just like what they done to poor Linda Blairs' face for the movie. I can't figure out how to make it puke green all over you... probably for the best anyway.
Anyone remember Fangoria Magazine? I was a fan. So here's a strap featuring some hateful hackin' 'n gashin' into the skin in nasty ways.



Also new off the bench and already in the store ... "Warhorse" just finished today, very cool.



This is the kind of Chad strap all your other straps will probably detest (Unless you are already a Well-Hung guitarist). When you are not looking, It's going to make fun of all of them, flexing, berating and belittling them just with it's very presence. It's what it was made to do. Be superior in every way.
 

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Discussion Starter · #566 · (Edited)
"The Huntsman" guitar strap may remind you of the intoxicating aroma of spent gunpowder and outdoorsy success!
Two black buckles, fawn and mahogany leather, and all the padding you expect from a Well-Hung sling for your steady six-stringed rifle.



I kind of imagined this to be an elegant outdoorsman's sort of thing, in the Browning clothing line sort of aesthetic in time for the season.

Yesterday while driving my father in to Edmonton for an MRI checkup, we slowed down to watch a pair of whitetail bucks engaged in serious
"Come at me bro!" action just 75 yards off the highway. They were locked and bolting and twisting furiously.

Both were younger, but it seemed a spirited and fair fight, what little we say. Neither of us had ever spotted that before in the wild, i've wasted domesticated deer do it tho
 

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This one fresh off the bench this morning is called "Opry" Features an embossed western full grain leather belt, with
horsie heads, Sheridan style "tooling" and showy lacing. I added to it with saddle coloured oil tan leather, contrasting stitching,
rolled edges, 3" wide padded, good nose and tail ends etc.

This belt is an example of "factory" tooling. That is, I did not do the tooling, it was probably pressed into the belt by a
roller sort of affair. Watch what you are getting if any manufacturer says "hand tooled." Very often it is an outright lie.



I have it on good authority this strap will give you a 37% postive boost in your nasal twang and yodellin' skillz

 

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Things have been a bit slow in the StrapLab... I've been more concerned with the concept of "Not freezing my Effing Ass Off This Winter" over the past week.
As of about an hour ago, 3 cords split and stacked somewhat neatly in and around my woodshed!



About 1/3 aspen, 1/3 spruce, 1/3 tamarack. Been working pretty good, if I do say so myself. Any of you fellas actually weared right through a set of leather work gloves before, you know.
After the first day I felt like a 75 year old man. Today, I feel like I'm thirty! Yes!

Near my other shed, I spotted our birdbath all filled up with leaves. I had dropped this whitetail shed in there in the spring, and found the birds like to set on it in between dunks
Looked kinda cool and I had my phone with me so I snapped one.



This image speaks to me of fall in several different ways. It is my favorite season.
Oh, and while we are here, some work has gone on in the StrapLab. Restocked a couple of these...



We told that b!tch Carol Baskins we only harvest abundant synthetic Leopards for these Wild Thing straps, and she believed us!
 
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It's not too often I'll do a tooling job without having someone order something up, but last night this was in my head, and I couldn't get it out!
Only one thing to do in this case, work through it.



Was actually chatting with a TTR brother here, discussing strap ideas and I pitched him something with tooled chain links down the length of the strap.
I don't think he was super keen on the idea, but well, I figured it might be cool and fun to try... probably somebody will buy this anyway. |Above, carved into the leather,
below, mostly done beveling out the subject from the background to give it that 3D effect



Now various guitar players have tried using actual metal chain to suspend guitars, probably successfully but man, that can't be too comfortable, right?
So, I figured why not see if we get that aesthetic with big heavy leather, and massive 3" links? Actual chain this size would probably weigh 15 pounds by itself.

I figured I'd break it up a bit for interest, and tool in one chain link on the verge of failing, just because I felt it needed a little drama. Everyone digs a little drama.
Also, you can see here I used a backgrounder tool to distress up the background which makes the chain jump out a bit more even.



I got to thinking of something in I could carve into the tail strap for a little extra interest, while making all these links. Ended up inventing my own Viking proverb.
It's not a real Norse saying probably, but it's absolutely a universal truth. Maybe you folks up on your Runic alphabets, or code decipherin' can translate!
Man, I remember the hours I spent figuring out all the runic writing on the Diary of a Madman cover and sleeve when i was a teen, fun times.



To my main workbench for dye, coming along nicely!

 
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How about some genuine Canadian Content? BOOM!



other than the new Limited Edition Red/Black flannel "Canucklehead" guitar straps, there are a dozen other hoser-ish items here.
You fellas should be able to pick 'em out easy.
 
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