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Custom Cobra Clasps

07.11.12 | Comment?

About a month or two back I got the idea to make some wooden belt buckles. I’m not sure what gave me the idea, but I quickly decided it was a good one and began searching for a supplier of belt buckle hardware. I found a company called Tandy Leather, who have a decent selection, and ordered a few different types of hardware sets and blanks. I wasn’t really sure how I was going to combine the hardware and wood until I had both in my hand, but once I did it all became clear.

I dragged Holly to the Michael’s (which seems backwards, but whatever…) so I could purchase some super expensive paper thin birchwood. I traced the buckle shape onto the wood and used my Exacto-knife to cut out the inserts, then Gorilla Glued them to the buckle blanks using clothes pins as clamps. After a few hours I sanded the edges until they were perfectly flush with the edges of the blank, then I started laying my design out and burning.

The first buckle I made was for me (top of this post). I figured if I screwed up, it would likely be on the first attempt, so I would make that one mine. The others were intended to be gifts for friends, so I wanted them to be better. Mine turned out just fine, and made me eager to work on more. I had to wait patiently until Jon found some time to get me his artwork (the Fishing Fury logo and font) which he did last week.

I have wanted to make Jon something for a while. He’s a friend who helps me out a lot. This blog wouldn’t exist or have it’s badass logo without him. He helped create this site and continues to host it and never has he asked for anything in return. He’s also always willing to answer his phone when I call, which might not sound like a big deal but I assure you it is. He answers knowing full well I’m likely having an issue with something beyond my level of computer knowledge that he won’t be able to explain or fix over the phone, but still tries. I can’t offer the same in return so I’ve decided to show Jon (and friendly helpful people like him) my appreciation by making something for him.

The next time I see him he’ll be getting both of these (and likely some other stuff I plan to make) and hopefully he’ll like at least one of them enough to hang it over his crotch from time to time.

I also decided to sign and number Jon’s belt buckles, in case he decides he wants to add wooden belt buckles to the Fishing Fury online store.

I need to order more hardware, but I would like to make a bunch more of these for me and my friends. If anyone reading this is interested in having a belt buckle contact me at [email protected] and we’ll work something out.

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