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Layer Buckle 1

1,900.00
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belt buckle, steel, hand made, rock star, artist, cat bates
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Layer Buckle 1

1,900.00

One of a kind belt buckle made from hand cut layers of brass & steel, with hand fabricated hasp & bridle leather belt.  

Brass, Steel, Bridle Leather

Comes with made-to-order 1.5" width belt

Ships in two weeks

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One of a kind belt buckle made from hand cut layers of brass & steel, with hand fabricated hasp & bridle leather belt.  

Brass, Steel, Bridle Leather

Comes with made-to-order 1.5" width belt

Ships in two weeks

 
 

This buckle was an incredible challenge and massive delight to create.  I originally drafted it by hand with paper and pencil, then refined the design in Illustrator.   I was excited about the concept, but it stayed on the to-do list until last november.  After checking everything a few dozen times (I'm honestly not sure if that is an exaggeration or not) I printed out the layers, glued them down to a steel sheet and started sawing. 

The design is a somewhat complicated solution to a pair of sequential problems.  First, how to make a substantial trucker-style buckle that doesn't protrude awkwardly out from the body.  Solution: have the hasp pass through the buckle.  Second, how to pass the hasp through the buckle without bending or fabricating it in place.  Solution: Assemble the buckle around the hasp.  Alternating slots in the layers effectively secure the hasp, and become a design focal point.  

Initially I had planned on using brass for the middle layer, but didn't like the way that looked so cut a new center layer out of a slightly heavier gauge steel.  After sawing out all the layers I piloted all the rivet holes & step-drilled everything as a stack.  More holes to remove weight from the inner layers.  Chamfered everything to remove burs and add shadows.  I fabricated the hasp from brass rod, and sandblasted it and the outside plates.  

I knew from the get-go that I wanted to develop a new riveting technique for holding everything together.  I made a custom punch using an old file, and over the afternoon was able to dial in something I had imagined for a few years.  I'm really not sure what to call it; a cross between a flush rivet, a traditional flat head rivet, and a domed rivet?  In any case - rock solid, no burr to speak of, super low profile (just barely protrudes above the surface of the surrounding metal).

The pictured belt is a worn sample.  I'll work with you to make sure we get the size just right, and make you a fresh belt from scratch.  

You have read this far?  Wow, thanks!!  The raw sawn texture of the layers throws light beautifully & feels delightful to the touch.  The mechanism is secure and simple, and the engineering keeps everything nice and smooth along the waist.  I'm awfully pleased with this piece.

Feel free to Contact Me if you have any questions.