Archive for March, 2014

Coordinating and matching motorcycle leathers

Posted in Big Dog Choppers, Custom Embroidery, custom work, Danny Gray seat, Fatboy, Fender bibs, Handlebar bag, Honda, Inspiration, Leatherwork, Mastiff, Motorcycles, Road King, Softail, Sportster, StreetGlide, Tank bib, tank panel, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2014 by Chris Wright

Hey folks, Happy St. Patty’s Day!

I wanted to touch on matching and coordinating custom tank and fender bibs with your existing theme, color scheme or factory gear.  Now, having your gear match isn’t a necessity especially if function is your goal but if you are looking for a clean look to show off at Bike Night and such, coordination can make or break your look.

There are a ton of materials out there but in general there are a fixed number of suppliers so getting a good match or a close match for a tank bib or fender bib is usually possible.  Bigger companies like Harley will subcontract their materials so they are exclusive but close alternatives can be had if you know where to look. Matching another custom maker is also possible when good pictures and references are provided.

This post is picture heavy but I wanted to give you good folks some inspiration for your own matched sets and to show what is possible. None of these bikes were local so everything was done via pictures, emails and most importantly…good communication!

Enjoy!
Chris
Three Mutts Customs
http://www.threemuttscustoms.com

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New! Black Antique dye process

Posted in antique, black, custom work, Fender bibs, Motorcycles, New Items, Tank bib, tank panel, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2014 by Chris Wright

I’ve been working out the details on a new coloring process called “Black Antique” to help highlight darker bibs with extensive tooling.  The product isn’t new but the way I use it is and it took a bit o playing around to figure out how to do it right.  Why? Because solid black bibs look cool but when crazy detailed toolings are dyed all black, they loose a bit of that detail due to the loss of defining lines and shadows.  The best way to describe Black Antique is it gives the tooling a burnt look, maintaining the dark colors while letting the detail show through.  In direct sunlight, the artwork pops a little more,  showing off areas where the color has been pulled back to look, well…antique, aged.

Here are a few examples of the new Black Antique coloring results on some recent Harley rear fender bibs and a Harley tank bib.  For those interested, the previous post shows these pieces in their raw uncolored state.

Enjoy!
Chris
http://www.threemuttscustoms.com

Bare toolings to share

Posted in Fender bibs, Harley Davidson, Honda, Inspiration, leather, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Tank bib, tank panel, Tooled Leather with tags , , , on March 10, 2014 by Chris Wright

Every so often it is fun to show fender bibs and such that have extensive tooling in their raw state so you good folks can see them before dying.  In their natural state is where you can see the most detail and gives you an even better idea of what I am capable in rendering your hand tooled images.  Today for your consideration are three of the more epic toolings from the last month…enjoy!

~Chris

http://www.threemuttscustoms.com

 

 

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