Heres the other two. The first shot is how I got the camo vest and the fifth shot is how the green canvas vest started out. Got the camo one on american ebay for 8 dollars !  Love the back pocket compartment affair. Thats for fish I believe. I’ll keep my tackle in there.     And the green canvas one I bought around 20 years ago and never wore it once. It was too long and I never really liked the styling. Mind you I always adored the heavy grainy canvas and the nice fade to the fabric. Had a pathetic attempt at throwing some clothes out to make space last week which resulted in three measly items and then they just ended up altered / modified and made good.    I tried…..

Got into a bit of a waistcoat / vest frenzy lately. Four here that I have modified and re-styled. Made the anchor fob for the Carhartt from stainless steel.

OK , when I was putting those photos up last night I took a real disliking to the tacky ‘Cobles’ zipper. I liked it initially cos it was the only number 10 size I had with the big chunky teeth and it also had a good leather pull tag on.  Sorted things out today though and got that beautiful Talon number on. I learnt something too. You can interchange zip tags onto other zips if they are the same size. This is not a perfect match and the zip feels a tad tight but completely useable. I’m sure if it was swapped onto another Talon zip which was same size it would wizzzz.  Then I couldnt resist putting on the BMW key fob. The key was from a 2 series Beemer I had years ago……. I loved that car :)

Heres a belt buckle I made in stainless steel. The medal belonged to my great uncle apparently. Its WW1 and pretty much everybody who served in the war got this and another gold coloured medal with a kind of angel on it. I think this is one of the best war medals Iv’e seen.  From the horses mane and stylized sun to the shield and skull n’ crossbones….luvvit.
Iv’e photographed it upside down just to try and capture all the details. On my waist , the medal hangs down off the buckle.

Heres a belt buckle I made in stainless steel. The medal belonged to my great uncle apparently. Its WW1 and pretty much everybody who served in the war got this and another gold coloured medal with a kind of angel on it. I think this is one of the best war medals Iv’e seen.  From the horses mane and stylized sun to the shield and skull n’ crossbones….luvvit.

Iv’e photographed it upside down just to try and capture all the details. On my waist , the medal hangs down off the buckle.

After my delight at finding 6 vintage Scovill Gripper zippers last week on American Ebay , I was devastated on their arrival to find they had closed ends and dont separate.  These would be more suited for access to a bag compartment or on a jumper which needs a half zipper. Can’t see me using six of these up so  , as they are so cute , I thought I’d try to make a wee pin badge. Thats it on my shirt pocket. Very difficult setting the zip up for silver soldering of the pin which I salvaged from an old military badge. Nailed it first attempt as I used the ‘put two tiny pieces of solder near the bottom of pin trick’ so I wasn’t gonna disturb the set-up with my sausage fingers.

The other piece I made was to create a flower vase from an old soda syphon. It was a nightmare to cut as the glass was very thick and the deep flutes had my glass cutter all over the shop. However it did separate but the cut was very uneven and left me with two hours of hand finishing to get the edge the way I wanted it.

When I set out to do these things its usually quite spontaneous and I always forget to take photos at the start. Might also be sensible to shoot some of the stages in the process. Will have to lift more weights with my memory and build it up…

Was out on the wee BSA the other day and when I returned to the bike after being in a shop a chap said that someone was having a look at the bike. Like a real good feely touchy look. You know like a ‘thats a nice bike , I think I’ll have this’ kind of look.  Thankfully its not easy to start. Like all old steeds it has its own particular starting idiosyncrasies which only its owner can decipher. So I’m done with leaving it anywhere without a lock. This is what I made to deter Mr. Feely. Will pick up a vintage padlock soon. Someone told me the huge safety pin was used by the US army to hold fobs and keys where they would stab it through the canvas on the Willy’s Jeeps hood. Safety is 150mm long.

Was out on the wee BSA the other day and when I returned to the bike after being in a shop a chap said that someone was having a look at the bike. Like a real good feely touchy look. You know like a ‘thats a nice bike , I think I’ll have this’ kind of look.  Thankfully its not easy to start. Like all old steeds it has its own particular starting idiosyncrasies which only its owner can decipher. So I’m done with leaving it anywhere without a lock. This is what I made to deter Mr. Feely. Will pick up a vintage padlock soon. Someone told me the huge safety pin was used by the US army to hold fobs and keys where they would stab it through the canvas on the Willy’s Jeeps hood. Safety is 150mm long.

So I wear a forty-odd year old helmet. A conker could crack it open. Earlier today I was horrified to see that one end of the chin strap was held on by about 3 mm of thinned out leather. I snapped it with two fingers…………..Repair time.

Sewed up a mighty fine replacement using the old soft leather original as padding on the inside and so retaining most of the character. Found a perfectly dimensioned length of US Army nomex webbing , stitched that to original strap , used part of the old strap for a retaining loop which I secured with an alloy rivet then stitched strap to side flap of helmet.   It’s super-tough now and I think the modern material contrasts amazingly with the patina’d leather.  So glad I managed to keep the two original securing snappers as they are real nice in brass.

I wish I would have thought to get detailed shots of the damage before I started. The only reason I had the top photo was for reference on how it worked initially as my memory is Frank Zappa’d.

The second shot from the top , of the skull detail , is straight from my I-phone 4. I messed about shielding natural light until it was quite shaded , almost dark but the flash kept kicking in. I then used some translucent dark perspex and it filtered just enough light to brighten the subject enough so the pesky flash wouldn’t fire. No photoshop business. Worth mentioning that I had the flash cancelled but Mr. I-phone thinks he knows best……….not

Got this German army box on Ebay. Its so so good. Looks like it should have Hasselblad gear inside !  That period crinkle paint finish always reminds me of my fathers super 8 film projector.

Ive had it for a few weeks , waiting until I decided exactly what I was going to store inside. Something high-calibre. Something precious. The vintage straps and buckles won it.

Box is roughly 350mm long.

Hit into some intense unplanned clock manufacture last week. Made one as a trade for a print by another artist and as it was displayed in my studio other folk got their beadies on it and coaxed me into makin’ these two wee guys. Still workin’ the ‘time is running out’ theme……cos it is eh.

They stand around 290mm tall.

A friend of mine , big Steve , picked up this killer white vinyl swivel chair. The swivel mechanism was completely trashed so he asked me if I could fix it. After pulling the components apart it didn’t look good as two separate sets of bearings were ruined. After lots of deliberation , chin scratching and tea drinking I found I unbelievably had the two different sizes of steel ball bearings in my magic drawers. So after some deft re-assembly , bearing greasing and welding , it’s swingin’ like a gid yin again. Smoother than when new we concluded as I replaced a nylon spacer which held 8 balls on the roller circumference with probably as much as forty or fifty right round the whole circular spinning plane. Theres a couple of nylon feet missing on the base so gonna make them later in the week.

A friend of mine , big Steve , picked up this killer white vinyl swivel chair. The swivel mechanism was completely trashed so he asked me if I could fix it. After pulling the components apart it didn’t look good as two separate sets of bearings were ruined. After lots of deliberation , chin scratching and tea drinking I found I unbelievably had the two different sizes of steel ball bearings in my magic drawers. So after some deft re-assembly , bearing greasing and welding , it’s swingin’ like a gid yin again. Smoother than when new we concluded as I replaced a nylon spacer which held 8 balls on the roller circumference with probably as much as forty or fifty right round the whole circular spinning plane. Theres a couple of nylon feet missing on the base so gonna make them later in the week.

Someone sent me this photo of The Glasgow School of Art last week.
Ive worked in every single room on that facade and to see these flames furling out the windows is beyond belief. So pleased to hear it wont be lost.
During my time working there I was involved in the setting up of 13 degree shows and for this to happen on the last day before students assessments is again just too much to take on board. Its the busiest and most demanding time of the whole year. Students nerves are at shredding point and the tension is incredible. I hope staff can pull them through this.

Someone sent me this photo of The Glasgow School of Art last week.

Ive worked in every single room on that facade and to see these flames furling out the windows is beyond belief. So pleased to hear it wont be lost.

During my time working there I was involved in the setting up of 13 degree shows and for this to happen on the last day before students assessments is again just too much to take on board. Its the busiest and most demanding time of the whole year. Students nerves are at shredding point and the tension is incredible. I hope staff can pull them through this.