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    Default How to make a BR Strap

    Hi everyone

    Here is a guide to get started on Bell & Ross style straps. Personally I don’t make much of these either but this guide is a few steps from my experience are important to note. Certainly cannot claim to be the best approach.

    Once again, this is a quick guide for those who have basics of strap making already and will only include important parts only.



    First Step: Prepare your cut. Make sure you have the correct BR02 or BR03 or BR01 template. Simply just get a rubber and draw around the area you want and you are ready to cut. NOW. There are 2 approaches to cutting the strap out.

    1) Cut and make the strap
    2) Make the strap and then cut.

    Use method one for thick leather using the skive and fold technique at the ends. If you are using the full stretch leather to fold then you are better off using the second method. The 2 straps I made in this demo is using a 4.5mm thick Italian saddle so it is way too thick for a full fold hence I am using method 1.

    The cutting itself maybe a bit tricky to get a perfect curve. Make sure to use a ruler as much as you can for the straight lines. On the curve I use a swivel knife for greater control to make that cut line. The swivel knife can take it in about 1/3 of the way with great precision on curves and then finish off with your regular blade. Now there is no need to get a swivel knife, practice makes perfect, I use it because practice and good equipment gives you a lot higher chance of getting it right. I still get it wrong often and produce imperfect curves radius or cut too much. But I do recommend a nice small blade so you can turn smoothly and cut easily.




    Second Step: Once you have the leather cut in the right shape, the hard part is over –now only the skiving and folding. BR lug space allowance is quite thin, so it is cruicial that you take note of the size and skive until you are confident it will fit.



    If not then a lot of force fitting will be required and that may break the pins as you are wearing the watch even if it does fit. Also another problem with tight fit is how tough it becomes to form around a smaller wrist. The larger wrists, 7.5+ will have no problem.

    I use a technique where I cut into the side of the leather carefully to create the OEM feel to the strap where the finished product looks like a hole was drilled rather than folded. This is the best way to create a very thin fit. You can still use the regular skiver and totally thin down the end too. IMO this is a key tell to experience on making these straps. If your end product is crashing against the watch because you'’ve squeezed it in then as you wear it, the strap will get scratches against the watch and age out of proportion. Of course this is not so important if you are going for the vintage build and don’t mind the lug end of your straps scratched.
    I better add, slice with the back and force action of the blade, to use the sharpness of the blade to naturally slice into the leather. Do not use blunt force to cut - you will cut into you fingers if not careful.) Usual balde will last 4-5 straps before it gets blunt and need sharpening or replacing.






    You want to make sure by the final step, the strap will not be grinding against the watch



    Third Step: After everything is glued together and dried, there is one little touch on the strap to make it stand out from the rest. If you look at the rubber strap template the ends are slanted to accommodate to the watch. You can do the same by cutting it out of the leather also. This way it will fit the watch better and once again avoiding unnecessarily hitting into the watch and wearing down the strap.



    This is what it will look like by the end


    That’s pretty much it – everything else would be quite standard to any strap making. Just make sure when you do the final cutting out the lug end, to test if everything fits before doing any finishing or stitching.



    Hope you find these tips useful.
    If you need BR rectangle bunches, check out StrapCode: http://www.strapcode.com/store/recta...ss-p-1393.html

    And here are some random snaps alone the way














    Thank you for looking
    Kutio
    Last edited by Kutio; 02-20-2012 at 03:01 PM.

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    No problem.

    This forum will have the best strap section on the internet...


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    nice job kutio! that is awesome. thanks for sharing.

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    Great stuff K, can see they'll be sliced fingers across the globe
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    FANTASTIC Kutio! You really make me crave to mutilate some leather. I wanna be you when I grow up
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    That´s impressive

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    Quote Originally Posted by melhick View Post
    Great stuff K, can see they'll be sliced fingers across the globe
    Careful with the fingers. Generally if you have a sharp knife and slice (not push) into the leather you can get it with greater control. When you start pushing too hard or have a blunt blade to work with, then you are in trouble.

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