Just finished a brand new belt buckle and wanted to share a few thought on those little things we use to keep our pants up or sometimes just use to look a little extra "cool".
"Filigree Belt Buckle No.1" (front), Daniel Icaza, 2011, Fine Silver, Sterling Silver, Liver of Sulphur
A good friend of mine (Ben Isaiah) and I enjoyed creating belt buckles while completing our undergraduate degrees at Arizona State University (ASU). His beautiful and interesting belt buckles always inspired me to try and make some buckles of my own. The first belt buckle I created, I made as part of an etching demo in my first metals class at ASU (before I met Ben).
|The first belt buckle I ever made... "El Che", Daniel Icaza, 2007. Copper, Brass|
|Belt Buckle by Ben Isaiah, on display at our "BFA Show" at "Gallery 100" (ASU) 2010|
|Another Ben Isaiah Buckle from the same show...|
After witnessing all of Ben's fantastic buckles come to life in the ASU studios (and fashioning a few of my own) I have become completely infatuated with making buckles (not only for belts mind you).
This is the first silver belt buckle I have ever made (also the first time I have used filigree in a belt buckle). As I mentioned before, the first buckle I ever made was copper and brass, from there I began making my buckles out of mokume-gane and brass.
I had a lot of fun making this buckle and plan to make more filigree belt buckles soon as I really enjoy the end result.
I'll be back soon with more things to share, for now its back to the studio :o)
until next time,
Peace and Love