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Altair Belt by Thorgaz Altair Belt by Thorgaz
My attempt at Altair's large belt. Took about a month of mildly motivated work, and I'm relatively happy with the finished product. The red cloth is a placeholder for now. After doing this I've figured that my favorite part of leather work is definitely distressing, texturing and dyeing.

The distressing is a combination of heat and water, the heat applied with a wood burner in uneven strokes, and the water lightly spattered over the top. The combinations are endless when it comes to heat and moisture. If you saturate the leather surface a little, when you apply an even layer of heat the surface fuses, becomes brittle, and then cracks leaving larger rifts in the leather. If no water is added, the same thing happens albeit on a smaller scale. I also used an iron on some parts of belt, and found that leaving small splotches of water on the leather and then ironing it causes the water to boil away and leave pockmarks. It's all just experimentation. After the distressing I added a gel antique which blackens the cracks and if wiped away leaves the surface a lighter color. The dyeing of the piece is just as important as the distressing itself, because it reveals the distressing that was done.
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Belt buckles galore.
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Wait0wat Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
The leather...it looks weathered. Most fascinating, how'd you- *Looks at description*...oh.
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a bunch for all the positive vibes!
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Notitalianman Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Christ. By far the best one I've seen. For sale??
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha! That'd be like selling my soul! Can't do that unless you're the devil.
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Notitalianman Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Haha o well worth a try. I tip my hat to you then, fine work. Worth a pretty penny.
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha! For the right price (depending how pretty the penny) I could always make another.
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Notitalianman Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Aha! Every man has his price. I'd be curious to see some more pics but just by lookin at it I'd drop 2 hundo on that easy. And it would probly only go up from there.
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't really have a camera right now. When I get one I'll put this on the list of things to capture more intently. haha... Of course every man has his price. You just have to find it. Sometimes money, sometimes power...
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