Custom Guitar Straps

Anya introduces completely handmade custom guitar straps

Anya introduces completely handmade custom guitar straps

I have been creating custom hand painted guitar straps for quite a while. As you may know as a basis I used models from DiMarzio, Dunlop and Levy's, upon which I drew.

However, every time I created one I had a feeling and urge not only to create a custom drawing on it but also make a strap from the ground-up.

Due to certain reasons I delayed it and finally decided that time has come for me to transition. Also at the same moment I was requested to create a strap for a tribute David Gilmour custom guitar (more details on the project at the end of the page).

So finally I pulled designs that I made, got materials and here we go - the first fully handmade and hand-painted guitar strap!

Anya introduces completely handmade custom guitar straps

Picking materials is very important. You want leather to be impeccable and uniform on large area. Also I decided to make the strap two-colored with blue underside... 

Cutting leather requires a lot of patience and precision - you do not want edges to be ragged...

Anya introduces completely handmade custom guitar straps

Making holes for strap tail takes some work with a hammer ...

 

Anya introduces completely handmade custom guitar straps

Two pieces are glued and sewn together. Though it can be done on a sewing machine, I felt it'd be more appropriate to make sewing by hand and it involved making every thread hole with a special tool...

 

Anya introduces completely handmade custom guitar straps

Strap tail...

 

Anya introduces completely handmade custom guitar straps

Ready for sewing...

Anya introduces completely handmade custom guitar straps

Every stitch is done by hand...

Anya introduces completely handmade custom guitar straps
Anya introduces completely handmade custom guitar straps
Anya introduces completely handmade custom guitar straps

Strap is ready for painting...

 

Anya introduces completely handmade custom guitar straps
Anya introduces completely handmade custom guitar straps
Anya introduces completely handmade custom guitar straps

This is how I paint straps.

 

Anya introduces completely handmade custom guitar straps

And here is the result!

 

Anya introduces completely handmade custom guitar straps
Anya introduces completely handmade custom guitar straps

It was a great project which helped me to test my skills. The next steps will be to streamline the process to make it more efficient and creating several more designs (one of the new handmade straps will be done for one of the greatest guitar players - will keep you posted ;))

And now I finally have that feeling and ultimate satisfaction knowing that my straps are truly unique and deserve to be worn by you, very talented and aspiring musicians!

Love you all,

Anya