I'm still building up the Foster Leathercraft business so I took it as a very good sign when I got a commission well before the Etsy store was even opening. The client was having a difficult time finding a belt that fit and a mutual friend suggested she get in touch with me. She was looking for a black leather belt with a simple celtic design and a silver buckle.
I plotted a celtic knot design to fit along the 1.25" wide strip that made up the belt and tooled it with an inverse bevel. Because dark stains tend to make depth difficult to see I treated it with a few applications of stain to balance getting a true black with being able to see the depth of the tooling. It still makes for a bit of a challenge to photograph but it came out pretty well in the proverbial meat space. And, of course, if the client's happy then I'm happy. =)