Friday, October 9, 2009

Good Karma Day Custom Belt Buckles

Besides the many different types of artwork that I do, painting, drawing sculpting, etc... I also make custom belt buckles and hand tooled leather work. My grandfather was an old cowboy and a saddle maker. I spent my summers with him and he taught me how to do leather work. Below are some of my original belt buckle designs that were later cast into metal, and then inlaid with vintage elements, wood, bone, and semi-precious stones.













Knights Templar, is a 1940's medieval children's game piece made of solid pewter mounted on a vintage bronze buckle.



Above, is the Pharaoh, a hand cast pewter Pharaoh head on silver art nouveau filigree, mounted on a vintage buckle. Most of these designs are one-of-a-kind made for collectors. Some are small batch castings with no more than 10 or 15 ever made. Each belt is unique too. 


Music of the Soul, art nouveau harp player cast in silver from reclaimed estate dinnerware mounted on lacquered birch.


Celtic Dragon, antique, gold plated, hand crafted dragon with ruby eye on vintage steel buckle.


Everlasting Skull, Vintage pewter skull with gold plated adornments, mounted on circa 1920's costume jewlery rhinestone pin on pewter eagle buckle.


Ancient Beauty, cast pewter Indian head, Swarovsky crystal with inlayed ruby.
 

Sage's Knot, silver cast dragon with bronze and enamel inlay on pewter.


Forest Nymph, cast silver, art nouveau forest fairie from vintage estate silverware on pewter.



A couple of shots from my studio above with buckles and leather belts in various stages. Below are some of my hand tooled and hand painted finished leather belts. 
 




Finally the finished product. Hand tooled leather belts matched with a one of a kind buckle.