Crafting a Two Piece Watch Strap
This is a traditional style two-piece watch strap with two keepers, one statitionary by the buckle and one free moving.
A leather insert is added for durability, strength and aesthetics.
Leather glue or cement is essential in ensuring the leather forms a strong and solid bond.
Step 1: Cut Strips
Step 2: The insert
Step 3: Prepping the top
Step 4: Joining the pieces
Step 5: Edge finishing
Excess leather is cut away.
Creasing the edges is a delicate step. It is done decoratively to give an item some detail.
The edges are trimmed with an edge beveller which rounds the edges, giving the strap a sleeker look while making it more comfortable to wear.
Edges are slicked (burnished) with gum tragacanth before being sealed with a mix of beeswax, paraffin wax and oil.