Archive for December, 2010

Binocular case – replication & update of WWII case design

Posted in Leatherwork, Steampunk, Three Mutts Customs with tags , , , , , , , on December 23, 2010 by Chris Wright

My friend has a pair of binoculars that his grandfather used in WWII and a case that he used but previously belonged to another soldier. Not wanting to subject the case to further damage but still wanting to be able to use the binoculars and store them securely, he asked me to make the same case but to update it with better stitching and 100% leather instead of the cardboard/lining leather they used for the original case. So here is my recreation of the bag but in black/chrome with his family last name initial tooled into the lid. 6oz. W & C leather with 1.5oz kidskin lining on the inside of the flap. I also updated the strap from the 3-4oz. originally used to 8oz to help the new one last as long if not longer than the original. Enjoy!

View of binocular bags open More Pics after the jump Continue reading

Burgundy dye color recipe

Posted in color mixing, Honda Shadow Aero 750, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Three Mutts Customs, Three Mutts website with tags , , , , , , on December 4, 2010 by Chris Wright

I need a custom dye color mixed for a bib job I’m working on. A Burgundy/ Wine color per the client’s request to match the two tone paint on his bike, black & burgundy. I wanted a true color instead of using a trick like brown antique over red as true burgundy has a hint of blue and yellow per my color charts. So, after some research and mix testing, here it is. Unfortunately, Fiebing doesn’t make some of the colors needed so Eco-Flow was used.

18 parts Scarlet Red
10 parts Evening Blue
4 parts Sunshine Yellow

If you want/need a little darker, add 1-2 parts of Coal Black until you have the shade you want.

I used a liquid medicine measuring syringe from the local drugstore (cost about $3) to do the measurements in CCs. Makes about 4-5 tsp or dye, which a quite a bit when airbrushing it on. Computers don’t show color differences that well, but there are a few sample shots after the jump.  Continue reading

What kind of bike do you ride?

Posted in Honda Shadow Aero 750, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Shadow Aero 1100, Three Mutts Customs, VTX1800 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2010 by Chris Wright

Just thought I would put the question out there and see what kind of bikes you folks are riding/working on.  You don’t need to register, give a name or anything, so take a minute and click a button!

Right now, my focus is on Honda gear because that’s what I ride and have parts for but if the votes tell me I should be looking at making gear for other bikes, I can start collecting those parts to design some sweet leather for.  So Represent your Brand!


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