Hey guys, this is my first instructable so go easy.

I didn't have a strap lying around and didn't want to cut up the leather to make one, so I took an old belt and turned it into a mandolin strap with minimal hardware. 

It's detachable on one end, can be sized to fit anyone on the fly, and is sleek. 

Step 1: What You'll Need

As follows: 

1. Leather belt (any size-my length turned out to be almost perfectly 38 inches, hole to hole) Usually they are 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch, but mine's about an inch and it's served me well. 
2. Basic hardware: be creative. 
     attachment method: this will be the ring that can connect the head to the strap. I used a 1 inch diameter ring, but you can just use string if you prefer
     pinch mechanism: I used a nut and bolt, chopped down with a hacksaw to size. be sure not to bung up the threads. 
3. Tools: a knife, hacksaw, wrenches if you need to tighten hardware down, bolt cutter for the ring, vise grips for bending the ring back in to where you want it. I also used a punch to widen the holes for the hardware, but a knife could do the trick. 
<p>Woah, really ingenious! I've been practicing without a strap and been really wanting to try one out.</p><p>I was lucky with this old belt, there was a leather loop keeper attached to it that I was able to use behind the nut.</p><p>Thanks for the great instructable!</p><p>- From a former violin player</p><p>p.s. If you or anybody has a good exercise or instructions on proper pick usage (to me fingering is easy, picking is foreign) please send it my way (Thanks!)</p>

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