Tutorial: Non-leather studded belt out of a bicycle tube

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Tutorial: Non-leather studded belt out of a bicycle tube

Postby mollypop on Thu Jul 26, 2007 12:55 pm

This is an easy way to make a non-leather studded belt that's cheaper than buying one!

You’ll need:
A bicycle tube
Scissors
Studs
A marker that will show up on black tubing (optional)
Something to push down the prongs of the studs with (screwdriver, scissors work)

To find a busted bicycle tube, you could probably go to a bike shop near you and look in the dumpster or ask if they have any unfixable tubes lying around.

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First, take your bicycle tube and cut it so it’s not in a circle.
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Now cut it along one of the lines so it turns into a flat length of rubber (the lines are a really good guide for cutting a straight line). It’ll probably be pretty icky on the inside.
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Next, trim it so it’s the width you want for your belt. But beware:
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You don’t want to have to stud around the nozzle. Make sure that it’s not included in your width.

After you’ve done that, you if you want you can wash off the ickies
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but you don’t necessarily have to.

To make sure your width is how you want it, try it on and pull it through your belt loops.
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Mine is a little big for my loops, so I’m going to trim it down a little.

After you’ve gotten the right width, while it’s still through your belt loops mark where you want your studs to end/start, and also where you need to trim it if it’s too long. Remember to leave enough room at each end unstudded so you can tighten and loosen it. You can always add more studs at the end after you’ve dealt with the buckle or “buckle.”
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And now, once it's marked and trimmed, you can start to stud. It doesn’t matter how you arrange your studs.
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*insert Jeopardy theme music here*
Okay!
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Now try it on:
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From here you should be able to tell where you want the holes to be to tighten/loosen it. If you have a belt buckle, you can add that on there, but I have no idea how. So, we’re going to use studs as buttons.

So, add studs down the middle of one end like so:
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I did three to start.

Try it on again:
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I already had one huge hole, which was why the tube was unusable, so I decided to make that my first hole.

Take it off and line up the non-button stud end to the button stud one:
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and mark dots so when you cut the holes, they’ll line up with the studs.

Cut little crosses where you marked the dots.
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And the studs should go in like this:
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Line them all up:
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It works! Now, you can make any minor adjustments, like adding more studs, trimming the ends, or adding more holes.
Once you have all that taken care of, you’re done! You can adjust how tight it is by lining up different holes with different studs. I would also recommend reinforcing it with a safety pin; sometimes studs don’t make the greatest most trustworthy buttons.

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The average vegan studded belt can be over $20, while making it this way (assuming you already own scissors) is only the cost of studs. A bag of 100 standard ½ pyramid studs costs $3.40 not including shipping (from crustpunks.com). Yay!
(If you don’t have scissors, buy them. It’s an investment.)
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Re: Tutorial: Non-leather studded belt out of a bicycle tube

Postby janarbananar on Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:00 pm

Kudos on this tutorial, this has to be one of the most awesome I've seen up here and I definately wanna try and make one myself. Thanks!!!!!!
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Re: Tutorial: Non-leather studded belt out of a bicycle tube

Postby Runyerpockets77 on Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:02 pm

How long did it take you to put the studs on & how many do you think you used? I really wanna do this now...
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Re: Tutorial: Non-leather studded belt out of a bicycle tube

Postby Chaosbean on Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:03 pm

thats awesome, Molly!
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Re: Tutorial: Non-leather studded belt out of a bicycle tube

Postby dirtyrottenlove on Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:04 pm

wow! awesome idea! great tutorial! This is the stuff that PRD is made of!
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Re: Tutorial: Non-leather studded belt out of a bicycle tube

Postby nobodysdarling on Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:13 pm

i cant believe how awesome this is! deffinatley gotta try it, well done!!
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Re: Tutorial: Non-leather studded belt out of a bicycle tube

Postby Gia on Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:15 pm

This is absolutely genious! <33
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Re: Tutorial: Non-leather studded belt out of a bicycle tube

Postby mollypop on Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:17 pm

Thanks guys!

Runyerpockets77 wrote:How long did it take you to put the studs on & how many do you think you used? I really wanna do this now...


It took me about three hours...with breaks. =p I've got exactly 100 on just the belt part, and 103 if you count the stud buttons. :-D
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Re: Tutorial: Non-leather studded belt out of a bicycle tube

Postby adictedtolove77 on Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:43 pm

Omg molly.
Thats brilliant.
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Re: Tutorial: Non-leather studded belt out of a bicycle tube

Postby yo_lloro_por_el_futuro on Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:49 pm

That is absolute fuckin' genius! Wow. It turned out REALLY well...I'm going to go hit up that bike shop around the corner now!

Also, I like your frankenstein pants.
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Re: Tutorial: Non-leather studded belt out of a bicycle tube

Postby Applecore on Thu Jul 26, 2007 3:03 pm

I second the comment on the Franky pants.
How did you manage to think of that? It's amazing.
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Re: Tutorial: Non-leather studded belt out of a bicycle tube

Postby Billie on Thu Jul 26, 2007 4:09 pm

that came out amazing! I want to try this now soo bad. You did a great job :)
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Re: Tutorial: Non-leather studded belt out of a bicycle tube

Postby havoks_whore on Thu Jul 26, 2007 4:20 pm

wow. i LOVE this!!!!
thanx for the tutorial Molly!!! it rocks.
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Re: Tutorial: Non-leather studded belt out of a bicycle tube

Postby Xxms.paranoiaxX on Thu Jul 26, 2007 4:27 pm

this is sooo cool
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it looks awesome
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Re: Tutorial: Non-leather studded belt out of a bicycle tube

Postby trillian on Thu Jul 26, 2007 5:14 pm

Oh. My fricking. GAWD. This is genius. I'm so jealous of your creativity, I'd NEVER have thought of this in a million bajillion years.

It's simple to add a buckle, just get one of those that just have the loop on one side and the peggy thing on the other like this, fold one end through the loop and secure it with the pyramids, then put holes in the other side. Or make a buckle, there's a tut on that somewhere around here....

And in my search for buckle pictures, I found these!
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