Jewelry by Kate Wilcox-Leigh is now available through Michigan Market in Williamston

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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
(517) 655-8696
shop@themichiganstore.com
www.themichiganstore.com

 

Custom Belt Buckle Part Two

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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 by Kate Wilcox-Leigh

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

  Finished Buckle by Kate Wilcox-Leigh

  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

 

Custom Buckle On Belt by Kate Wilcox-Leigh

Completed Buckle On Belt

I was quite pleased with the finished product and so was the customer!

Custom Belt Buckle Part One

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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.

Process Torch

Smith Little Torch with Rosebud melting tip used for soldering the buckle

  •  The tang was then formed from a smaller size stock.

Custom buckle placed on sketch

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a photo of the soldered buckle placed over the sketch

Look for the next blog post about the finished piece coming soon!