Country singer George Strait is well known for wearing large belt buckles. In fact, many country loving people wear large, showy buckles around their middles. Large belt buckles are rather hard to find in the stores, especially if you want one that’s personalized to your liking.
To remedy this situation, you can make your own belt buckle if you have the time and the proper tools and materials.
The first step is to decide how you want your buckle to look. That is, do you want your name on it? Your initials? If you’re fond of old coins, do you want to mount a silver coin on it? Maybe you like wild animals, such as wolves, and you’d like a wolf on your belt buckle? Those are just a few of the many ideas you can choose from.
The second step is to purchase the materials you’ll need. You’ll, of course, need a belt buckle. The best place to look for a supplier is to perform a search on the Internet. You can usually find buckles available in pewter, stainless steel, and other types of metal. The buckle can be decorative around its perimeter, but it should be plain metal in the middle.
If you’ve decided to personalize it with your name or initials, you’ll have to decide whether you want to engrave the belt buckle or add pre-made letters to it. Again, perform a search on the Internet to find an engraving kit or metal letters.
You can also find metal or hard plastic emblems, insignias, numbers, et cetera, on the Internet also. Think of who your favorite football, basketball or baseball team is, for example, and locate their insignia on the Internet.
You’ll need to purchase a special glue that will adhere the metal or hard plastic items to the buckle too.
The third step is to begin making your belt buckle. If you place it in a vise, you’ll find that it’s easier to work on. Use the engraving kit to inscribe your name or initials on it, if you choose to. You can either print or use cursive letters. Your initials will look fancier if you put your first initial on it first; then, the first initial of your sir name in the middle; and then your middle initial last. The first initial of your sir name should be larger than the rest. If your name is “John Joe Doe”, the initials would look something like this: “JDJ”.
If you’ve never used an engraving kit before, read and follow the manufacturer’s directions in order to achieve the best results.
Or, if you have decided to adhere a favorite emblem or insignia on your belt buckle, decide where you’re going to place it on the belt buckle. Then, use the glue to adhere it on. Again, be sure that you read the manufacturer’s directions on the glue container. Then, allow the glue to thoroughly dry before you attach your new buckle to a belt and wear it.
Be prepared for your family and friends to ask you where you got your new, personalized belt buckle! They might like it so much that they’ll want you to make them each one!