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Nov 17, 2020 - 10:59:23 AM
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LzChase

Sweden

165 posts since 10/30/2019

So long story short, While helping my mother shop for groceries, we looked at clothes. Obviously, a grocery store doesn't have any luxury clothing, but during these 2020 times, it's the only store we go to.

Then I happened to notice some faux leather shoulder straps meant for women's bags, which gave me an idea. I picked one up and also picked up a cheap belt from the same store.

Materials used:
2x Chicago Screw $2
Faux Crocleather Bag Strap $11.5
Faux Leather Belt $11.5






 

Nov 17, 2020 - 11:47:54 AM

2411 posts since 12/31/2005

Hope they match your shoes.

Nov 17, 2020 - 12:26:50 PM

13596 posts since 10/30/2008

Be cautious with the placement of the faux alligator part (probably vinyl) in the case with the banjo. If vinyl touches instrument finish for a long time, the plasticizers in the vinyl can deterioriate the instrument finish and leave a very cloudy spot. More common problem with nice guitars than banjos, but still, be cautious not to have the alligator surface touch the resonator back/sides, nor the underside of the neck.

Nov 17, 2020 - 2:45:26 PM

LzChase

Sweden

165 posts since 10/30/2019

quote:
Originally posted by The Old Timer

Be cautious with the placement of the faux alligator part (probably vinyl) in the case with the banjo. If vinyl touches instrument finish for a long time, the plasticizers in the vinyl can deterioriate the instrument finish and leave a very cloudy spot. More common problem with nice guitars than banjos, but still, be cautious not to have the alligator surface touch the resonator back/sides, nor the underside of the neck.


I had this in mind when I made the strap. All faux leather parts are made from polyurethane.

Nov 18, 2020 - 6:49:04 AM

1203 posts since 5/19/2018

That’s a great hack. Very cleaver and well done.

All the same, as mentioned above, I would be extremely careful with those in the case. The label may say one thing, but the manufacturer may have used something else that may have a similar negative effect.

Nov 21, 2020 - 11:02:23 AM

pdbanjo

USA

2006 posts since 1/23/2003

I made a nice looking cradle strap from used belts, also. I used an indian beaded belt I found at a used clothing shop in Montana and a small belt discarded by my wife. I bought a couple Chicago screws with indian head nickels and assembled it similar to what Lawrence did above. I spent maybe $6 total and some assembly time and have been using that strap on that banjo for almost 30 yrs. I'm a banjo player and and even tho' I make dozens of dollars playing, I never felt that need to splurge on expensive straps.


Nov 21, 2020 - 5:43:31 PM

3921 posts since 5/1/2003

I’ve made a couple straps from thrift store belts too. I only use leather,I like the woven leather the best. You can glue the ends with good old elmers glue to make them long enough.

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