Reproduction Western Belts

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Mr Badger, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. Mr Badger

    Mr Badger Practically Family

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    I did an FD search for this topic using such phrases as western belts and jewels belt but didn't turn up anything recent, so I thought I'd throw my recent experience into the ring!

    Have been off work recovering from a trip to the dentist (root planing – as nasty as it sounds!) so, after some pain killers and a rest, I thought I'd crack on and start on embellishing a hair-on-hide western belt I bought with some jewels and studs...

    I do already own a quite nicely done 'hot rod' / 'western' belt but, inspired by Marineabilly and Ace Western Belts, I decided to have a bash at a simple project myself. So I bought some awls off an old guy at a car boot sale (flea market), then ordered some 4mm, 6.5mm and 9mm two-prong dome spots/studs, four different colours of jewel spots, a 1.5" hair on hide belt and a plain square chap buckle off Ebay.

    Obviously, being slightly befuddled by painkillers, and never having set a spot/stud before, I was learning as I went along... it turned out alright, I flattened the top of the studs slightly with the hammer, to give it a little more of a handmade/vintage feel, and the only real problem was getting thru the actually very thick belt... the prongs on the spots/studs were barely long enough to go thru the hide and the belt – this is something FDers who have considered undertaking this kind of basic leathercraft should think about – I'd recommend spots with two prongs, no shorter than 4-5mm in length, to go thru one decent thickness of full hide leather, let alone two...

    I decided to use 4 & 9mm dome spots and green & red jewel spots for this project – start off easy, like! Whaddya think?

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  2. mattfink

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  3. mattfink

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    Here's a few more I made earlier this year:

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  4. From a Spring 1941 clothing catalogue. (See bottom left):


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  5. Tomasso

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  6. DoubleXX

    DoubleXX One of the Regulars

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    I doubt you'll find better western belts than those made by mattfink, and he's quite willing to accommodate your special requests.

    Two thumbs up!
     
  7. DoubleXX

    DoubleXX One of the Regulars

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    This is one of several 40s/50s-style belts I've had Matt make for me:

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  8. mattfink

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    A.C. Lyles - yeah, that's not at all what's going on in the process of making a studded belt. I'm sure you had a good laugh.
     
  9. mattfink

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    I've seen a couple buckles like that Marc. I believe they are a piece of leather fastened over the buckle. Very neat!

     
  10. Mr Badger

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    Thanks for the kind words, I've got a helluva long way to go before I can match your artistry, sir! If it wouldn't be letting the cat outta the bag, what's a good, non-wholesale online source for studs, spots, etc? There's a pretty limited range on Ebay...
     
  11. Feraud

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    Great job on the belts Mr. Badger and Mattfink!
     
  12. mattfink

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    There are some places, but you are going to have a hard time getting most of them to ship to the UK. Did you try Tandy leather?

     
  13. marineabilly

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    Amazing Mr.Badger! In the process of making a belt and more wallets this very moment.

    Here are some I've made for myself over the past several years - All the belts are made by me for me, but sometimes I just overwhelmed with too many in my closet so I'll put some on eBay. For the most part, though, I'll pretty much give 'em away or sell them for super cheap.
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    I gave this one away on my blog and am thinking of giving a few more away soon along with other leathercraft items I've made.
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  14. Mr Badger

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    I did have a look on their site but it's pretty run of the mill stuff, really... where did you get those conches with the 'card suit cutouts? And the brass-finished crystal spots? How did you tarnish 'em? Was it a chemical mix or simply burying 'em in the yard? Any help gratefully received!

    Just beautiful, chap, yourself and Mattfink are waaaaay ahead of me, and your respective blogs are always an inspiration!

    Oh yeah, while you're 'ere, onna engineer boot tip:

    I'm gonna get my no-brand black engineer boots rebuilt by a local cobbler, who'll put a double thickness leather midsole, leather heel block and Vibrams on for only $60! I did ask him about corded soles but he can't get 'em anymore – had a search online but no-one seems to carry 'em, d'you have any ideas? Would love some Cat's Paw heels, too!

    And back to the studding & jewels, I seem to remember you posting some pics of a pair of boots that had a 'starburst' pattern up the front, rather than the sides, could you possibly find the time to repost 'em here? When I get the boots redone, I'm gonna embellish 'em... bought 'em from a boot barn out near Hot Springs, Arkansas bout a decade ago, they were the last pair in the shop, and they've done me proud!

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  15. mattfink

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    Ancient Navajo secret!
     
  16. flat-top

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    Matt, I may have to hit you up for a belt one of these days when I get some extra loot!
     
  17. Mr Badger

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    :D I'm guessing that it's a similar technique to that which is used to age guitar parts – I relic'd the metal parts on my 'Tennecaster' with a mix of lemon juice, salt water and the elements...

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  18. mattfink

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    Thanks Flat Top!

     
  19. Gene

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    I love that one! If you make another one similar in a 38 let me know I'd love to buy one!
     
  20. erikb02809

    erikb02809 One of the Regulars

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    Matt and Marineabilly,
    I've often wondered when pondering taking a crack at making one of these myself, what kind of leather do you use for the accent panels? Is it heavy weight stuff, or do you just use scrap upholstery leather or something?
     

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