Hi Colin, Sorry for the slow response… been off doing a show. I
made the mistake many years ago of making a gorgeous inlaid belt
buckle with insufficient strength to meet the requirements.
Fortunately, I made it for myself, and didn’t suffer any undue
embarrassment with a customer!
I have made several since then, and have rectified the problem. I
use 6 ga. or 8 ga. round wire. Use a triangle or square file to
create a notch where the bend will be, and make the “legs” about 3/8"
(~5mm+) in length. After bending at the notches, solder the bends
with hard solder. Then solder this piece to your buckle with medium
solder. The “peg” of the buckle is easily formed by melting the end
of an 8 ga. wire to create a ball at the end of the wire, then
cutting it off at about 10 mm and creating at ~30 degree bend, about
halfway down. Solder this, with medium solder to the back of the
Any questions… drop me some email!
All the best,
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)