Today post is about how I make myself a protective watch cover.
I have this nice Swiss watch but the problem is, that it is not suitable for me. This days i spend most of my time out side of the house. Be it gardening, knives making, wood working, stone working or any other type of handicraft that involving the usage of noisy electric tools. So you can see the problem. Swiss watch and my activity doesn’t go together.
I would sale it but, my son dare me not, he want to inherit it. But still, what the point of having watch that i like and not to be able to wear it?
I decided to get a protective cover for it, and being me, I also decided to make it myself.
So here is how I make it.
I got plenty of raw leather, I know how to work with it, so I am going to make it out of leather.
First you need to build a mould, to form the leather top cover.
Measure the diameter of your watch and drill a shallow socket in block of wood. It need to be in the more or less the depth of the thickness of your watch.
Now build the wooden plug. Subtract two times the thickness of your leather (mine is 3mm, so I subtract 6mm) from the diameter of the socket and cut the plug. Use a wood file or whatever have you, to round the sharp hedge of the plug, but only from one side.
Cut peace of leather roughly the length of the: socket diameter, two times the depth of it plus 40mm.
Wet the leather, lay it on top of the socket and press the wooden plug into it. clamp it in a vise and wait few hours until its’ dry.
Take out the plug and cut the excess of leather to shape the top cover. Leave 20m length of leather on two sides, roughly the width of your watch strap.
For the next stage you will need peace of thin leather , say 1.5mm thickness , contact cement glue, few heavy duty poppers (snap studs), Leather hole-punchers and a shoe polish or leather dye.
From the thin peace of leather cut two straps, the length that can wrap around the watch strap (see main photo). Dye the straps and the top cover but, make sure not to dye the leather in places where you are going to glue it. Glue the straps to the top cover and punch the holes for the poppers.
Then rivet the poppers.
At this stage, if you are not too lazy (like me), you can stitch the straps around the poppers to the top cover to give it extra strength. Since its a prototype, I couldn’t be bothered.
Anddddddd, here you have it.
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