4cm Wide, Hand Carved Leather Western Belts. From €248.00 including V.A.T. Free Delivery.
Handmade from 3.3mm-3.5mm thick, vegetable tanned, full grain leather. These 4cm wide leather belts have been meticulously carved by hand. A highlighter has then been applied to enhance the detail and a wax finish applied to seal and waterproof the finished belts.
You have to take a measurement to determine what length your new belt will be. whether your old belt is a bit too long, or a bit too short, take a measurement from the hole that you're using now to the tip of the buckle. This measurement lets me calculate the correct length of the new belt. You can take this measurement in centimetres or inches as you will be typing this figure in later. Do not go by the number on the back of your old belt, manufacturers sizes vary. Even waist sizes on jeans or trousers can be inaccurate. The best way to measure for your new belt is to measure your old belt. Remember, measure from the hole that you use now to the tip of the buckle.
How to Measure for your new belt.
Vegetable tanned, full grain leather has to be the leather of choice for carving on belts. Once wetted, a design can be traced onto it very easily as the slightest pressure will leave a mark on the wet leather. Fingernails have to be kept short or the leather gets a little half moon dent whenever your nail touches the leather. Cutting the design with a swivel knife is also easier when the leather is damp. Cutting with a swivel knife gives distinct lines to follow as the work progresses. The cuts are between one and two millimeters deep. Matting down parts of the design and leaving other parts high is what gives carved leather such a distinct three dimensional feel and look, but is by far the most time consuming part of hand carving.
Small matting tools are used to hammer down parts of the design, compressing the leather to give low spots. Small cuts and impressions are used after matting to add the smallest details. A final fuss around to ensure nothing has been missed and on to the final stages. Stain resists can be used to influence colour variations and then finally staining and waxing.