Fabricated Sterling and leather. The belt, cut from a vegetable tanned cowhide, is just over an inch wide. The buckle is a complete circle. Next to the leather keep is a Sterling wire oval. It’s not functional but looks good.
Detail of the buckle. Copper rivets were used to attach and secure the buckle.
Here’s the reverse of the buckle.
Bar and hanger embellishment.
The reverse of the bar showing rivet attachments.
An additional embellishment. This is a peridot cabochon.
Detail of the placement.
The reverse showing the riveting.
The whole belt for context.
Two more because I like the way it looks. How do you not love it?
Fabricated silver. Just over an inch long.
Here’s how it functions for me, although, any number of things could be suspended from it. The idea is based on a medieval practice. At that time they primarily were used to hang purses (in lieu of pockets). When wearing a waistcoat the button holes provide the means to anchor a pocket watch chain. This belt hanger will work when there are no serviceable buttons available.
Detail in which the rivet and decorative ring are very visible.
This is a custom ring commissioned by some dear friends to commemorate their daughter’s 21st birthday. The only design restrictions I had were “turquoise, a little bit of gold, not dainty, and size 6.” It’s to be worn on the first finger. Here’s what I came up with.
The stone (cut in the 70s, not enhanced or stabilized) is sandwiched between the ring shank and the top plate (oxidized black). The two pieces are held together with 14k gold rivets.
This is the first I’ve tried this type of setting. I wasn’t sure it would work, but it came out well. It was the look I was going for.
This one hardly seems fair to post as an original as it’s made primarily of commercially produced pieces (chain and swivels). I simply soldered it together. Nonetheless, I like the way it looks and functions.
The second swivel allows the fob to be changed out. This is one I designed for the chain. It’s similar to a heavier one I did last year, but its lighter weight works nicely here.
This image allows a full view of the components.
Some details. I purchased the watch new in about 1973. I remember paying about $5.00 for it. It was ironic even then.
One last look.