Archive for May, 2011

Baseball themed coaster set

Posted in custom work, Leatherwork, Three Mutts Customs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 22, 2011 by Chris Wright

A client approached me a few weeks ago and showed me a set of coasters on Etsy that were simply 8 coaster rounds that someone had used a woodburning pen to draw in the lines and stitches. They were supposed to be baseballs with no color, just burned lines on brown leather and charging way too much for the little amount of work.

So his question was, what can I do to make them a bit more real looking. Here’s the finished set that I made for him – it’s a doctoring school grad gift for his future son-in-law, who is a Red Sox fan. Everything is 6oz. W&C leather, the coasters are dyed with Fiebings white dye and then punched and stitched with red .045″ thread so they feel semi-realistic when handled. The back of the coasters has dark brown suede for the dirt (and to keep them from sliding around). The holder was the tie in piece, with the Red Sox “B” logo on one side and the rest incorporates elements from a ball park; grass, whitewashed fencing and wood grain for the bats. Painted with Golden Fluid acrylics.

Red Sox themed leather coaster set

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Folding walking cane holster – complete!

Posted in gun leather, Harley ElectraGlide, holster, Leatherwork, Metal work, Motorcycles, Three Mutts Customs with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2011 by Chris Wright

Here is a holster I have been working on for my mother-in-law’s cousin to mount on the side of his Harley ElectraGlide trike to keep his folding walking cane close by. Previously, he had to store it in the trunk which meant walking from the back of the bike to mount it while trying to balance using various points on the bike.
This allows him to walk right up and holster the cane next to where he gets on & off making life much easier and safer. It’s made from 6oz. W&C veg-tan with 1.5 oz. pig black skin lining. The welt is 1.5″ wide at the top and tapers to 0 about 1/2 way down the holster. As you can see in one of the pics, the cane has a carved silver dragon handle so I tooled a tattoo style Japanese Wind dragon motif on the side. I also custom made & polished the mounting brackets from 1/8″ thick aluminum plate and kydex to enable it to mount high enough by using the factory grab rails on the passenger seat and an existing bolt location for the left fender at the bottom. The upper bracket is 2 pieces, the kydex clips onto the chrome grab rail similar to a belt clip and then bolts to the aluminum bracket via three 1/4″ screw posts. Here are some pics of the piece installed one of the undyed tooling to show the detail better and one showing the comparison of it next to a normal sized holster…enjoy!

Folding Walking cane Holster - front view

Harley ElectraGlide Trike with Cane HolsterHolster & Cane showing carved handle

Folding Walking cane Holster - rear viewFolding Walking cane Holster - bracket viewFolding Cane Holster compared to a standard revolver holsterFolding Cane Holster tooling detail (undyed)custom polsihed aluminum bracket

Recent whaletail and pin-up bibs

Posted in color mixing, Honda Shadow Aero 750, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Three Mutts Customs, VTX1800 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2011 by Chris Wright

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me but here are a couple of recent additions to the Three Mutts bib portfolio.  Both feature new additions to the line up of offerings, the first is full color artwork – specifically hand painted tooling.

The pin-up bib was quite a project, not only tooling a pinup too look good but to then research the best paints to use for lightfastness and adhesion and that provided a vibrant myriad of colors.  Golden Fluid Acrylics were the paint of choice and it was a good one, they are awesome paints to use!  For those curious about mixing skin tones (there is no good “skin tone colored paint” that you can buy, skin tones vary and must be mixed to be accurate…I’m still learning) check out this article: http://www.paint-sculpt.com/tutorials/skintone_pallet/skintone-pallet-page-1.html  The artwork for the pin-up is a rendition of Billy Tucci’s Anchors Away.

The second addition to the line-up is I can now make the ’05-07 VTX1800 R, S & T whaletail bibs.  As it would turn out, the 2006 N1 tank and dash are the same used on the other models.  I had the tank and picked up the dash cover from Honda.  The whaletail bib pictured below is shown with the optional double row buckstitching and the tooled strap was a client request to hold his cell phone.  12 gauge shell cap conchos are mounted on the ends of the strap.  The bike is a 2006 VTX1800T1.

Here are the pics:

US Navy Pin-up Aero 750 tank bib (detail)

US Navy Pin-up Aero 750 tank bib

2006 VTX1800T1 whaletail tank bib

2006 VTX1800T1 whaletail tank bib

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