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!
You have found the blog of Adornment by Kate Wilcox-Leigh where I will reveal my latest hand crafted jewelry and accessories. I primarily work in metals like sterling silver and 14k gold but I also work with a variety of other materials such as leather, glass and wool.
Here I will describe some of the processes I go through to create my work. The techniques I use vary from those traditionally used to work metal to those used in other mediums that I apply to metal.
I will share with you my thoughts about art, design and what it means to create. I will let you in on what inspires me to create what I do. Perhaps you will find inspiration to try something new.