New Studio Is Open For Business
New studio of Kate Wilcox-Leigh 2014
While my break was a little longer than I intended I did get a few things accomplished in my personal life and I am ready to get back at the bench and my studio is open for business
Cozy is what I call it, perhaps a little too much so but it is all mine!
I have all the important things within reach
Kate Wilcox-Leigh’s Bench Made by Marc Leigh
This custom bench was made for me by Marc Leigh of Suburban Antiquarian. Beautiful work, I can’t wait to put it to good use.
New work coming soon!
The finish work is next in the process to complete the custom belt buckle
Here is a basic idea of my process
- I filed the soldered joins to make sure the excess solder was removed.
- Next the parts needed to be gone over with a few grits of wet/dry sand paper.
Papered and Ready For Polishing
- I then polished the pieces with Tripoli followed by Rouge
- Final assembly was done once I was satisfied with the finish
Polished and Assembled
- The “Finished Belt Blank” arrived needing holes and trimming
- Once the leather work was done the buckle was put on the belt
Completed Buckle On Belt
I was quite pleased with the finished product and so was the customer!
A customer approached me with a request to recreate a custom belt buckle they had unfortunately lost some time ago.
All custom pieces begin with a conversation. Once the designer and the customer agree on the specifications work can begin.
- I started out using straight round wire stock in the correct gauge.
- I formed it into the circle then soldered it using the rosebud tip on my mini torch.
- The next steps were to cut the bar, fit it and solder it in place.
Smith Little Torch with Rosebud melting tip used for soldering the buckle
- The tang was then formed from a smaller size stock.
This is a photo of the soldered buckle placed over the sketch
Look for the next blog post about the finished piece coming soon!