Step 1: Tools:
Pencil or pen
Jeweler's anvil/ vice/ metal strike plate
Tubular rivet peening tool
Rotary hole punch
2 prong lacing needle
Garbage bag or plastic sheeting
Line 20 & 24 snap setter with anvil
Fabric measuring tape
Step 2: Materials:
6 - 7 oz. tooling sides
Coal black leather dye
(2) brass sandal buckles
7/16" tubular rivets
1/2" x 48" black leather strips
(2) line 20 snaps
Step 3: Measuring the Leather Blank
I used an 8 3/4" x 1 1/2" blank for a 8" circumference.
Cut along the measurements made with a scalpel or utility knife (make sure you have a cutting board or hard surface underneath to keep from ruining your carpet or work area).
Measure 1/8" in from the side edges. I used 15 evenly spaced holes for the edges. [I.e. Take 8" divided by 16 (you'll want one number higher than the amount of holes you intend to add) to get 0.5" intervals]. Punch all the lacing holes for the lacing and the button snaps.
Dye your leather blank (make sure to protect your work surface with plastic).
Step 4: Stitching the Lace:
When you get back to where you started, cross the lace over, underneath, and do the same process all along the opposite edge. When you're back at the beginning, leave some loops, send the tail through, tighten, and cut off the excess lace.
Step 5: Setting the Snaps
20 & 24 snap setting tool and anvil
Place the snaps in their respective arrangements and pound them into place with the setter tools (make sure to use the proper-sized setting tools, or it could ruin the snap).
Step 6: Adding the Watchband
Measure one strap to span from slot to slot (this should have at least 1/2" of overlap to pin underneath).
You'll need 2 straps to hold the watch head (I used 2 at 8 3/4"). Trim the ends and add the buckle pin holes to these 2 straps.
Place the Un-trimmed end of one strap into the slot on one side; do the same for the other strap on the opposite end.
Punch a small hole through the watch strap, the runner strap, the leather blank, and (underneath) the runner strap tail and watch strap tail. Rivet these together. Do the same thing on the other side.
Step 7: Adding the Buckles
Step 8: Add a Watch Head
Step 9: Thanks
I want to say thank you to Tandy Leather Factory, where I purchased my leather supplies for this project.