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JB Project/ Ammo Belt!

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    JB Project/ Ammo Belt!

    I've been trying to keep this part of the project a secret until I was further along, but I suppose I might as well show some progress pics!

    As some of you know, I've made vinyl ammo belts in the past:
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=16135

    I've also created a tutorial on how to make your own:
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=8797

    After a few tweaks on the design (stitch width and flap corner sizing), I've decided to make Jeremy Bulloch's belt using the same process, but in leather. The base blocks are Balsa wood, covered in folded 1-1.5oz leather, with hand-stitched lacing.

    I started with dying the leather, and applying a light coat of finishing wax:



    I cut out the flaps and pouch covers:



    The pouch coverings are wet, and stretched over the Balsa blocks, held in place with push pins until dry (then I'll glue them to the blocks).



    The flap covers are wet and then folded. This make a clean fold on the edge of the flap (like the vinly original) instead of rough burnished leather:



    Here's a teaser for the stitching...I had to make adjustments to the stitching groove for future flaps, so this is just a test/prototype:


    Why hand-stitched? I feel I am able to keep the the stitch length more consistent with a 4-prong punch, as opposed to the industrial machines. More on that later...

    The belt will be constructed the same way as the flap covers, except that I will use an industrial leather stitcher to add the lacing.

    Some people have already asked if I plan to mass-produce these after the Bulloch project is completed. I may do so, however, the price increase over my former vinyl version will be considerable.

    Enjoy!

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    Re: JB Project/ Ammo Belt!

    very cool!! great work Eric

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    can't wait to see the finished product.

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    That's amazing work so far Eric..

    I think the tone of it is perfect for ESB..

    SWEET!!:thumbup

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    Stunning!!!!

    Man with the advent of the JB ESB suit, I could re-do all of the hard parts and a couple soft parts of my costume! Things have come so far in the past two years, it's just nuts. I suppose it's only fitting JB gets the best

    Great work on the belt Eric!

    Steve

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    wow... hand punched!

    i use my drill press for the holes, then do the stitching by hand. you are a bolder man than i!

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    Looks like you are doing a great job on the belt so far. Very nice leather color. I like hand stitching for the same reason you said. Keep up the good work.

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    Man, that looks fantabulous!!
    So you use a multi-pronged punch to keep the stitching holes consistent, then hand stitch it?

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    Re: JB Project/ Ammo Belt!

    As that ol' saying goes...

    "In all kinds of weather, nothing beats leather"

    Lovely work - Thanks for sharing!

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    Re: JB Project/ Ammo Belt!

    superjedi said: View Post
    Man, that looks fantabulous!!
    So you use a multi-pronged punch to keep the stitching holes consistent, then hand stitch it?
    Yes sir, a four-pronged punch!

    I use a stitching groover to lightly mark a straight line (the original vinyl belt's stitches were above the surface of the vinyl, not grooved), and lightly punch the lacing holes. The low-weight leather is too thin to use full force on either tool.

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    Re: JB Project/ Ammo Belt!

    You've made quite a bit of progress so far. I'm glad you're making JB's ammo belt as your work on them is superb!

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    NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!! Hand stitching! Looking good!!!!!!

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    I had the day off, so I commenced to lacing a couple covers:



    A bit time-consuming, but I find that my lacing skills improved from flap #1 to flap #2. The end result is looking better than I expected!
    Last edited by batninja; Feb 10, 2008 at 8:59 PM.

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    Looking good bro......now make mine..

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    Spideyfett said: View Post
    Looking good bro......now make mine..
    Yeah, in between rockstar concerts make mine too.

    J/K, great work.

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    Killer work, Batninja.

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    UPDATES!!!

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    Re: JB Project/ Ammo Belt!

    There will be a MAJOR update Sunday night, one way or another.

    I'm going to test a different stitching method, using a Bostitch machine (even after I said I wouldn't). If the stitch length prooves consistent, great, it will save a few hours of stitching. If not, no biggie. I'd rather hand-stitch them anyway!

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    Its looking great!!!!!!! Keep postin those pics!!
    D

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    UPDATE TIME!

    As he usually does, my friend Marc proved me wrong by showing me that using a Bostitch machine would be as good as, if not better, than stitching by hand. He did in a matter of minutes what would take me all week.

    Here are the progress pics!










    I'm dying and folding the belt portion itself tomorrow, and hope to have the entire project (Velcro and grommets added) before the weekend!

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    Oh man! Those look amazing.
    Either you've discovered some lost footage showing that Boba had some extra pouches, or you made some spares.

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    For every belt, I make a few spares. Once I have them all stitched, I pick the best of the bunch, and save the extras for other projects.
    Last edited by batninja; Feb 12, 2008 at 12:39 PM.

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    batninja said: View Post
    UPDATE TIME!

    As he usually does, my friend Marc proved me wrong by showing me that using a Bostitch machine would be as good as, if not better, than stitching by hand. He did in a matter of minutes what would take me all week.
    You sayin that you used to do all those BY HAND ?!?!?!?!

    Good lord man, you can't charge for that kind of time

    Either way, looking sweet !

    FP

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    Re: JB Project/ Ammo Belt!

    When I was doing vinyl belts, I did use a machine. But I figured Jeremy Bulloch deserved a better belt, so when I decided to use leather, I only planned on stitching enough pouch covers for one belt. But now that it turned out so easy to do on a machine...why stop with one belt?

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    Re: JB Project/ Ammo Belt!

    And the hits keep on comin'!

    Without flash:


    With flash:


    Here's the AoSW exhibit belt. How'd we do?


    The finished prototype belt pictured above was fitted for a thin mannequin, and still needs some weathering and antiquing. The final assembly will be completed this week!

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