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Been awhile…

Posted in airbrushed, Blackline, brown, Custom Embroidery, Dyna, Fatbob, Fender bibs, hand tooled, Handlebar bag, Harley Road King, Harley Softail, Heritage, Laser Engraving, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, painted, pin-up, Road King, Skull, Slim, Softail, Sportster, StreetGlide, Tank bib, tank panel, WWII Bomber with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2017 by Chris Wright

It has been ages since I posted here to the blog, mainly because Facebook and Instagram are so much easier to use.
But it seems a good number of folks keep swinging by to check out Three Mutts Customs so here are a few pics to show what we’ve been up to lately. Of course hand tooled fender bibs, tank bibs and custom bags are still our specialty but now we’re matching to the popular seats more closely.  Mustang distressed brown material is in stock, a new relationship with LePera allows us access to ALL of their materials and Corbin matching material is possible now too!

Custom embroidery in house! An inexpensive way to apply full color designs to your custom bib.

Brown tank bibs material matched to Mustang seats, both in plain and diamond stitch!

More Chaos Pebbles with the new full body and Split Lane designs!

And for those that want to go full tilt for a full custom, there are always hand tooled & airbrushed possibilities.

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Three Different Tank bibs for Harley Softail Slims!

Posted in airbrushing, antique, Fender bibs, hand tooled, Handlebar bag, Harley Softail, Laser Engraving, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Slim, Softail, Tank bib, tank panel, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2015 by Chris Wright

I noticed folks searching for tank bibs for the Harley Softail Slim lately so I thought I would put together a post to show the three different designs I have for the Slim.
As Slim owners will already know, the factory tank bib is narrow and tapers from the dash point to the tank cut out and then folds over the frame backbone. What you may not know is the Softail Heritage tank bib is the exact same.  This means you can use the wider 5″ wide Heritage tank bib as well.

But, some folks might not appreciate the straight sides of the Heritage bib but would like a bit more room for a hand tooled or laser engraved design.  So, to address those clients I designed a hybrid Softail Slim tank bib called the teardrop.  It has the wide shoulders of the Heritage bib while maintaining the taper and tank channel wrap of the factory bib.  More room for artwork on your leather tank bib while keeping the factory lines intact.  Here are a few pictures to check out, any of the three designs start at $60 plus shipping for standard stitched edges.  Lacing, artwork and other add-ons are extra, drop me a line for an estimate: chris@threemuttscustoms.com

I also make a full compliment of rear fender bibs and tool/roll bags for your Softail Slim to create a matching set of custom leather!

Two new full color custom fender bibs to show off…

Posted in airbrushing, Fender bibs, hand tooled, Harley Softail, Heritage, leather, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, painted, pin-up, Skeletons, Skull, Softail, Softail Deuce, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2015 by Chris Wright

Here are the two big projects I was working on the last week, at the same time.
The left one is a play on the Hear no Evil, See no Evil theme. Artist unknown but they did a killer pencil drawing to work off of.It was all black and white so the colors and shadows were done to go with the bike, a blue Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce.
Fully hand tooled and airbrushed using Golden Fluid and High Flow acrylics with an Iwata Eclipse CP-HS.

The right one is a reproduction of an Elvgren 1960s era bedtime pin-up.
This custom rear fender bib was made for a 2013 Harley Softail Heritage, a third bib for one of my leather addicted clients.
This one was a bit tougher as the original was an oil painting and I used air brushed acrylics making matches and blends in the colors a bit tougher to reproduce.
Fully hand tooled and airbrushed using Golden Fluid and High Flow acrylics with an Iwata Eclipse CP-HS.

Laser Engraving, a year later

Posted in Fender bibs, Heritage, Laser Engraving, Motorcycles, Road King, Slim, Softail, Sportster, StreetGlide, switchback, Tank bib with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2015 by Chris Wright

So last year I mentioned getting a laser engraver and didn’t have many of my own examples (previously farmed out the engraving part to another shop), a year later that has all changed.  I’m rocking the laser most days of the week now, either for full designs, as accents to hand tooled items.  The laser gives me control over fine text and accents that no one can touch by hand and it provides a highly accurate tool for exacting logo reproductions when needed.  Obviously I still hand tool much of my work and enjoy it that way but sometimes the laser is the way to go.  Here is an updated gallery of pieces engraved with my Full Spectrum Laser. – Chris

How about some color?!

Posted in color mixing, Fender bibs, Heritage, Motorcycles, painted, pin-up, Road King, Slim, Softail, StreetGlide, switchback, Tank bib, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2015 by Chris Wright

One of my specialties is airbrushed and hand painted custom tank bibs and fender bibs.
Eagles, Pin-Ups, and Sugar Skulls are just a few of my recent full color subjects. What some folks don’t realize is these are hand tooled first and then painted. This enhances the highlights, shadows and depth of the final piece. Granted, the process isn’t cheap but the end result is unlike most custom bibs, for Harleys or any other bike you’ll find out there.

here are a couple of pics of my most recent custom painted tank and fender bibs for Harley motorcycles.  Enjoy!

Custom leather spotlight – 2001 Harley Heritage Classic

Posted in Fender bibs, Harley Softail, leather, Motorcycles, Softail, Tank bib, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , , on July 5, 2015 by Chris Wright

Moving right along with the post updates and catching up, here are a tank and fender bib set I posted about briefly last year when they were under construction.
They are obviously finished and the client was nice enough to send a couple of good pics of her custom, hand tooled and hand painted tank bib and fender bib.

The bike is a 2001 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic Softail with some tasteful upgrades including her custom bibs.  Yes, I said her…girls like their big V-Twins too!

Time flies when you are having fun…

Posted in Fatboy, Fender bibs, Motorcycles, Road King, Slim, Softail, StreetGlide, Tank bib, Tooled Leather, Uncategorized, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , , , on July 3, 2015 by Chris Wright

Has it really been almost a year since my last post?! For those that have been following along on Facebook or Instagram (@threemuttscustoms) you know that I haven’t slowed down at all.
In fact, things have never been busier and have been bringing new designs and tooling styles to the market.

Over the next week, I’ll attempt to catch up everyone on the happenings of the last year…I have a literal ton of pictures to post.

A few updates on the Three Mutts Customs offerings:

Custom leather tank bibs and fender bibs for Harley-Davidson motorcycles are my specialty.  The traditional patterns for nearly every model of Harley are on hand and for those that are not, a few measurements or a tracing is all I need to bring something new to life.  In the last year I have also designed a new, wider drop point style tank bib for the Softail Slim & Heritage pointed dash.
Of course, my other proprietary designs have also been improved including the Fatboy OEM seat matching fender bib, the Heritage matching fender bib and others.

As of 2013 I discontinued the VTX whaletail tank bibs but there is a new kid on the block I have been working with to restart the line.  I’ll talk about Jeff and his new whaletail tank bib business in a later post.  You can also email him directly at abgmsales@hotmail.com

Now that you have a update preview, how about a few pictures for your viewing pleasure?

Enjoy!
Chris
Three Mutts Customs

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