Jewelry by Kate Wilcox-Leigh at Michigan Market
Knit Fine Silver with Gems by Kate Wilcox-Leigh
Cotton Double Mobius Bracelets by Kate Wilcox-Leigh
Jewelry by Kate Wilcox-Leigh is now available through Michigan Market in Williamston
They are a specialty foods and gift shop located in the heart of historic downtown Williamston on the first floor of Keller’s Plaza. Michigan Market carries only products made in Michigan.
I am thrilled to have my jewelry placed in such a warm and inviting shop. I have enjoyed gift shopping there myself. Their product range is well rounded from fine soaps, candles and jewelry to attractive and delicious items to outfit your dining room table.
Stop by and see their great selection of Michigan made items. Mothers Day being just a few days away is the perfect opportunity to shop local!
110 E. Grand River Ave., Suite 2
Williamston, MI 48895
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!