How To Make a Leather Belt by Hand
The production of the leather belt requires patience and repeated polishing for a long time. The production process of a bridle leather belt takes up to 20+ steps and 8 hours. In today's society, everything is fast, fast life, fast fashion, fast consumption, but slow work leads to meticulous work. If you want to make good things, you need to settle down. Some people may ask some factories can make a leather belt faster, why it takes 8 hours to polish and make a leather belt by yourself. The production model of the factory is fixed, and the things produced are the same. And each item made by hand is unique, the texture of each piece of leather is special, the strength of each stitch is different, and each production process is unique. The items belong to him. And I believe that "there is no tool more dexterous than hands in this world." Even if we have nothing, with two hands, we can create what we want and accomplish what we want to do.
How to make a leather belt by hand? The following is the production process.
1.Everyone's waist circumference and dressing habits are different, so everyone's belt length is different. Therefore, it is necessary to cut out the required length and cut out the shape of the belt tail you like according to personal preference.
2.Use a leather cutter to tape the belt head gradually.
3.Seal the leather belt edge and wet the edge of the leather belt with clean water.
4.Use a 2mm spacing edger to press out the decorative thread, first lightly press a trace, and then slowly increase the intensity, repeatedly press several times.
5.Use a sharpener of size 3 or larger to sharpen the edges.
6.After trimming the edges, use a cotton swab to apply clean water evenly on the leather edge. The length of the smearing water is best to be between 10 and 15 cm. After that, use a wooden stick to polish this section and then continue to the next section.
7.Before the water dries, use a wooden stick to sand back and forth. Please be careful not to squeeze the leather edge to cause deformation.
8.Polish until there is a shiny feeling as shown in the figure.
9.Use a cotton swab to smear an appropriate amount of leather edge banding liquid, taking care not to wipe the border, and wait for the edge banding liquid to dry naturally.
10.Use the finer side of the sand bar for sanding. This step is mainly to smooth out some pits on the edge.
11.The whole belt is polished, and care and patience are particularly important here.
12.Apply it again with clean water and polish it with a wooden stick to the effect shown in the figure.
13.Apply the edge banding fluid again and wait for it to dry naturally.
14.After the leather edge banding fluid is dry, sand it with 400 grit sandpaper.
15.Apply the edge banding fluid again.
16.At this time, the effect is shown in the figure, and there will be a few small pits.
17.Sand with 800 grit sandpaper.
18.The effect after applying the edge sealing liquid is as shown in the figure after it has dried out. The edges are already very smooth at this time.
19.Start making belt lugs. Cut a strip of leather with a width of 1.3 cm. The length is determined by the thickness of the belt. Follow the previous steps to press out the decorative thread.
20.Use No. 2 edger to trim the belt lugs, and then seal the edges according to the above-mentioned edge sealing method.
21.Punch a hole in the belt head with an oval punch (4.5*23). This hole is used to install the pins of the belt buckle.
22.Dig two grooves according to the width and thickness of the belt lugs.
23.Use a thinning knife to thin both sides of the belt lugs.
24.Use a circular chop to punch four holes on each end.
25.Cross stitch the two sides with a round wax thread.
26.The belt head needs stitching, so it needs to be punched in advance. Here we use a leather cutter with a pitch of 3.85 mm for punching.
27.The belt head and belt lugs are installed on the belt, and the belt is bent and glued and stitched.
28.Use a suitable round punch to make the belt hole and choose the round punch according to the size of the needle of the buckle.