Tag Archives: DIY


22 Mar

I finally ordered some hand-stitching tools for leather, and received them today.

Took me 30 mins to stitch my iPod and fountain pen sleeves.

Looking good, don’t you think?


Solve the “tangled cable” problem….

21 Mar


Fountain pen sleeve

28 Feb

If you’ve been reading my post, you may already know that I’ve recently started using a Parker fountain pen at work.

I really love the pen, but I didn’t like the way it rolled around in my Field Theories Portfolio cuz it might get scratched, or the cap might come off.

That’s why I made a sleeve for it. The pen sits very snug in the sleeve, and I’m loving it.

iPod nano sleeve

28 Feb

As much as I liked the iPod nano case I made, I didn’t really like all the rivets I had to use.

Although I really like the look of sewn leather, I don’t really feel like buying the tools for sewing…YET.

I was looking for a simple way to put two pieces of leather together, and have a really simple looking result. Then it came to me….


I went to a home depot last Saturday and bought a strong leather glue.

I then made a new sleeve for my iPod nano.

[DIY Leathercraft] Project “iPod nano case”

15 Feb

Check out what I made with the new leather I bought.

New Leather

14 Feb

Got new leather today from a local store that handles leather goods. It’s a very chic store called Maennerladen.

The leather is a soft cow leather which feels more “alive” than the plastic-ish leather I bought last time.

[DIY Leathercraft] Project “Field Theories Portfolio”

8 Feb

Today after work, I brought the leather I had cut the night before to my company’s workshop and banged away to set the rivets and eyelets.

The end result? My “original” Field Theories Portfolio.


TR!P blog post featrued on AndreuHusien.com

24 Jun

Remember this blog post about my DIY flash grid?


Well, it was featured on a blog by my friend Andreu Husien. He also loves photography and runs a blog andreuhusien.com.

He has some pretty cool stuff on his blog, including his wonderful pictures.


Here is the link to the blog post.

Thanks Andreu. Rock on.



[DIY] Flash Grid

5 May

I’ve always wanted to make a DIY grid, but not with a cardboard cuz it will get easily crushed and feels a bit cheepo…

Few days ago, I got delivered some parts for one of my projects, and it came sandwiched between two pieces of rigid corrugated translucent plastic sheets. They felt soft enough to cut, but hard enough to withstand sufficient amount of force.

I took the sheets home and made a grid. It was actually kinda tough to cut with an ordinary cutter knife, but I got it in the end.

Here are some pics of the grid and test shots I took with the flash mounted on my 60D. One WITH and the other WITHOUT.

Amazing effect. Pleasant falloff.

Levi’s remade for Summer!

7 Apr

Couple of years ago, I participated in a flea market in Osaka. One of my friends gave me his Levi’s denim.Really damaged denim. Here is a pic of the front/back.

As you can see, this denim is very damaged.

The knee part of the denim is torn apart and if you look closely, safety pins are used to keep the denim in shape.

To be honest, I haven’t worn this. Sorry Hosomi. This denim itself is in a unique color and some parts have damages that can be made by hand. So…. I decided to remodel this denim into a pair of shorts.

I have cut the denim where the rip was around the knee.

Then I folded the end of the denim.

Simple remodel.