I really like working with leather. It's just a hobby to me and I am relatively new to it, but I have made a few $$'s with it. Sometimes it's is really hard on the arthritis in my hands. So it may take a bit longer to get things finished. I have been trying out some new wallet designs and the first two tries did not meet up to my standards. One was trashed and the next went into my pocket. No, no photos, I don't want that crap being seen by others. It will be there as a reminder to me as to 'what not to do.' Leather work is a skill that can and does erode, just like any other skill. I had not done much leather over the last 6 months due to my surgery and the change in Kim being able sell at the resort, and it shows with the latest efforts.
I was contacted through the wife in regard to making a custom phone case that rides on the belt. No big deal, for the most part. I usually will make these from a kit. It's not as profitable but it makes it easier to get them fitted correctly since I don't and can't have the actual phone for the time it takes to make a case. I then have a pattern to use from scratch also. However, not having the actual phone or a current pattern for that type phone can be a bit tricky. Not to mention this person has some sort of giant case surrounding the phone. Any pre-fab leather kits I have access too doesn't allow for those cases. This will no doubt take a couple tries before it meets my satisfaction.
Surprisingly, I am beginning to really dislike custom work like this. I try not to be negative about this sort of work since it challenges me to try something new. Most of my custom work has been rather simple knife sheaths and holsters.
Usually I can get the item from the customer for the time it takes to get the item built and be fitted properly. They are usually friends so they are not too worried about letting me have the item for the time I need. They get a really good deal since they are friends and I get to have fun. Win win.
The good thing about this build is I will then have a pattern for that type phone with it's monstrous case, that I will probably never use again since it is one of the older Iphones, by at least 2 generations. The wife has an Iphone that is bigger than this older one but not much, and the carry case for it won't fit either. That must be some giant case. Most of this situation is due to my wanting it to be near perfect, which it never is, at least to my eyes. SMH.
OK I'm done whining now.