OBI Belts are a superb craft Job for those new to leather crafts. Apart from being one of the more easy craft jobs, they also make nice presents. Contrary to what you might believe, it is quite easy to generate an OBI Belt. First, buy leather and a belt buckle. It is best to select vegetable leather if you intend to die or tool the leather. This type is much easier to work with than other types. Notice the width of the interior of the belt buckle. Gauge the circumference of the person who will wear the belt. The width will be the inside of the span and the belt buckle than the circumference measurement. To ensure an even cut; use a straight edge like yardstick. The end may be cut to your taste. People like to round the end.
Fold the leather back 1 1/2 inches to make a crease. Line up a slot punch with the middle of the crease. Hold the punch firmly and use a mallet to hammer on it in till the leather was punctured. With a push or rotary punch, make 2 rivet holes 1/4 inch prior to the crease from the end of the pasy. The holes should be 1/4 inch from either side of the belt. Fold the belt on the crease back where the leather is overlapped by the rivet holes and indicate. Make two more holes. The rivet holes should align when the belt is folded on the crease. Use belt to be trimmed by a belt beveller edges smooth. Do, if you intend to decorate the belt. Design stamps and tools may be used to add touches.
Some people decide to add studs. Use a leather dye to the belt. Bear in mind that the dye in the container may appear different from the version that is final. When deciding on a dye, look at samples that are completed to make certain you are getting the color you want. Permit dye to dry flexing the leather sometimes during the process. This will guarantee the fibers do not stiffen up. It can take up to several hours for leather to dry. Dry, clean with saddle soap or neat is foot oil and buff dry. Push on this belt is prong buckle the hole made in the crease. Fold the leather back and align the holes. Insert apply caps with a rubber mallet and then rivets in the inside of the belt. Put on the belt and decide where there is a hole necessary to ensure a snug fit. Use a punch to punch. Working out of this hole that is punched, punch at a series of holes.