How to Make Your Own Belt Buckle

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Whether you want to make a personal statement or simply need a belt buckle with a particular look for a particular event, the good news is that there are some quick and simple ways to create a unique buckle without going to a lot of trouble. Using a few basic materials and devoting a little time, you can have a belt buckle that is ideal for your purposes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Sketch pad and pencil
  • Old belt buckle with a flat design
  • Materials of your choice
  • Tape Measure
  • Permanent adhesive
  • Varnish

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    Prepare the old belt buckle. Clean the surface thoroughly, so that the buckle will easily lend itself to the addition of other elements or facings. By using an old buckle, you save time and money you would expend trying to create the basic elements from scratch.

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    Sketch out the design for your new buckle facing. This can be very simple, if you wish to create a belt buckle that looks like a flag or animal, or one that bears the logo of your favourite musical act. The sketch will help you get an idea of how the finished product should look, and thus serve as your guide during the remainder of the project.

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    Gather the materials you need to finish the design. This may mean cutting images out of a magazine or printing images from the Internet on thick paper. In other instances, you may choose to use fabric to cover the face of the buckle. Make sure to allow for some extra length and width, so you can trim the material to fit the size of the existing buckle.

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    Apply an even layer of adhesive to the buckle facing. Position the material squarely onto the facing. If desired, wrap the edges of the material over the sides of the square buckle, for a more finished look. Smooth any wrinkles in the material quickly, as the adhesive may dry in a short period of time.

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    Allow the adhesive to dry, then add a thin layer of sealant to the new facing on the belt buckle. This will help to protect the image or fabric design. For this type of application, sealants can be purchased that will provide a sheen to the buckle, or provide a flat layer of protection that allows the colour and design to be viewed without any reflected shine.

Tips and warnings

  • While it is possible to create a belt buckle from scratch, the process of creating a locking mechanism and a durable frame for the buckle can be cost-prohibitive, especially if the belt is intended for a special event or other one-time wear.
  • Keep it simple. Trying to be too elaborate with the buckle could lead to a lot of trouble establishing a durable hold to the backing mechanism.

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