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  1. I originally started the broholmer collar project out here on the ship. I had some leather but I didn't have any hardware. So I did what any other seafaring leatherworking engineer would do - I set out to make some hardware from scratch. I found some 4 mm brass plate (5/32") and made some strips using a hacksaw. The strips were about 6.3 mm wide (1/4"). The D-ring was made by heating the brass and bending it around a pipe to give it an inner width of 1". One of the ends were heated and bent at a right angle. A hacksaw and a bit of filing gave it a good fit, and I could gently tap it flat and silver solder the parts together. Cleaning up with a file and sanding with some emery cloth made it look nice. The buckle was made by starting to heat and bend the ends at a right angle. Then the middle was heated and bent over a pipe to form a round front. The two bent pieces were maneuvered to lie on top of each other to form the bar. A hacksaw cut of the bar in the middle, and it was silver soldered together. Now it looked just like a long D-ring. the middle of the bar was filed round to accommodate the prong and the rest of the buckle had its sides rounded slightly to look and feel nice. The prong was rounded and shaped roughly. The end that would go around the bar was heated and bent around a screwdriver that had a matching thickness, so the back of the prong now had a hook shape. This was placed on the rounded piece of the bar and I used a pliers to tighten the hook shape around the bar so the it could not fall off. The end of the prong was adjusted to have a pleasing overhang and the completed buckle was cleaned up using emery cloth. It took me about two and a half hours to complete the D-ring and the buckle, so financially it isn't questionable to make hardware like this yourself, but there a no hardware shops on the ocean, and doing a bit of metalwork helps to keep the mind and body occupied :-) Plus I feels kind of good to make stuff from scratch every once in a while. Brass plate. Two strips sawed off. Silver soldered the D-ring. The body of the buckle bent over a pipe. The pieces forming the bar still needs a bit of adjustment. Silver soldering the bar of the buckle. Finished D-ring. Finished buckle. Buckle from the underside.
  2. Hello everyone! I am looking for some suggestions on a supplier to buy buckles, rings, D-rings, snaps and rivets for dog accessories here in Canada. I am based in Montreal and in the are the only one that I know is Cuir Desrocher. I've also looked up other store in different provinces like Lonsdale leather, Longview leather and some in the US like Buckle Guy. But my problem is that I didn't find the right design or the prices are high. Do you have any suggestion? Thank you!
  3. Anyone looking for high quality brass buckles (for leather belts), small buckles for watch straps, saddlery items and customized hardware in a variety of finishes? Get in touch with Global Metal Company, a reliable manufacturer of bronze and brass hardware, which accepts small production runs and customized orders for items.
  4. Hi everyone, I wanted to share that I have many new buckles for sale in my ETSY store https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/ReliquariaMedieval . These are all authentic historical shapes, but the best part is, they are not the kind of designs you can find in the average craft store. I've been lucky enough to have a couple of fantasy armourers work with me and the buckles (and armour -wink!) look great. I've had some questions about the quality of these items - they are solid brass/bronze (depending on the amount of tin), very heavy and strong. They are cast pieces so each one is unique and you will see slight imperfections from the casting process. If there ever is a problem, I will always replace the broken piece (but of over 600 sales I've only had one broken piece). I would be honoured if you would consider using some of my items in your designs. -Ellaire Here's a couple more.
  5. Searching for buckles like the ones pictured. Specifically looking for 0.5" x 1.25" in brass, but other sizes as well. Abbey carries them, but their cost and shipping is extremely prohibitive. Weaver and Aime carry buckles that are supposed to be 1/2", but measure as 5/8" and are too long at 1 1/2". TIA
  6. Does anyone have any good- moderately priced but high quality Concho & Buckle suppliers? Looking for 1/2"; 3/4"; & 1" size buckles and larger conchos: say 2" and larger? I specifically do not want them to look like the cheap Tandy stuff. Thanks
  7. Where can I find these spring buckles in bulk? Nickel, Black and Brass. Thank you in advance.
  8. Hi I want to order men's belt buckles but the minimum qty is large. I'd like to go 50/50 on an order of 600 men's buckles. ANTIQUE NICKEL. Note, the photos are the brass color. They are $.85 each not inc. shipping from China (I'm guessing no more than $150 for the full order). They fit a 1.5" belt.
  9. Hi I want to order men's belt buckles but the minimum qty is large. I'd like to go 50/50 on an order of 600 men's buckles. ANTIQUE NICKEL. Note, the photos are the brass color. They are $.85 each not inc. shipping from China (I'm guessing no more than $150 for the full order). They fit a 1.5" belt.
  10. I'm repairing/replacing a watch band for a family friend. I want to use the original hardware, but it's not in great shape. It's cheap brass-plated and it has some kind of ... gunk? ... on it from the old strap. I've tried a few home remedies for cleaning brass with only limited success. Should I try taking a wire brush to it? I don't want to wreck it, otherwise I'll have to buy a new buckle set, which means extra cost for the customer (and me). Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  11. Still having trouble finding seat belt buckle. I have customers wanting these on there leather work belts. Seen them used before but not sure where to find them. Have searched everywhere. Any ideas. Also lazy susan style swivels. Any help is appreciated
  12. Hey Guys, Which US vendors sells these 1/2" stamped NP buckles ? Thanks ! Ed
  13. Hi All I am looking to sell some oldish Tandy Kits, (All in original packaging unopened and by Tandy) if anyone is interested, not sure on prices :/ 4371 x 2 - Loafer Handbag Kit 4469 x 1 - Truckers Log Book Cover Kit 4083 x 2 - Photo Frame Kit 4608 x 1 - Indian Scout Moc Kit - Size 4/5 4582 x 3 - Large Oval Leather Buckle 4588 x 1 - Eagle Leather Buckle 4592 x 1 - Horse Buckle Leather 4593 x 1 - Basketweave Leather 4581 x 6 - Luggage Tags 317002 x 1 - Spirit of Strength Mask Kit 4237 x 1 - Buffalo Skull Barrette Kit 4004 x 7 - Econo Pre-Punched Billfold Interior 4265 x 1 - Key Kaddy Kit 4185 x 1 - Western WatchBand Kit ------- x 1 - Horseshoe Ponytail Holder 3015 x 1 - Skin Plaque Set 4525 x 1 - Tapered Hatband Ends Kit, 1/2" to 3/8" 4236 x 1 - Bow Barrette Kit All of these items are in original packaging and unopened. I can upload photos if requested. I am in the UK, Postage to the USA is approx £13.00 for up to 2kg, the Billfold interiors are approx 100g in weight, so gives you some idea. Let me know if anyone is interested, Thanks Janine
  14. So without a bunch of confusing explanations I have drawn up a diagram to illustrate my question. This case will open to a flat container. The buckle I am using is a rectangle with sliding center. Which should be the billet and which should be the buckle in this scenario?
  15. I like the look of the large western style heel bar buckles like this: https://www.tandyleather.com/en/product/diablo-buckle-sets However, I prefer 1.75" wide belts and I cannot find any in that width. I've had trouble searching for them online since any thing about "western" buckles returns plate/trophy style buckles. Does anyone know of anywhere I can get a buckle like that or have suggestions on what they might be called that differentiates them from western plate/trophy buckles? Thanks for the help, Harimau777
  16. This is my second wrist cuff, made from some scraps of oil-tanned leather from Springfield Leather (Field Drab top and Crazy Horse bottom). I used glue and round spots to attach the two pieces, and the closure is a buckle. I like the studded leather aesthetic a lot, and it's more comfortable than #1, but I'm not quite as pleased with it. The Field Drab oil-tanned is really stretchy and I don't like working with it overall, it's not something I think I'll buy again.
  17. Hey guys, am new to the site. I ran into a little bit of a snag which is what brought me here. I have a particular belt buckle(1.5") I am trying to fit onto a belt that has a width of 2"(9oz). I was wondering if anyone knew how to make this work?
  18. Hello friends! My new bussines derection: designer belt buckle from bronze. The first model of buckle in stock: https://www.etsy.com/listing/540554272/buckle-for-belt-oak-leaf?ga_search_query=buckle&ref=shop_items_search_1 Designed: by Sergey Neskromniy Size: for standart belt 38mm Material: Italian jewelery bronze with patina, casting Price 35 euro (41$) In the nearest time in Stock:
  19. I have a large collection of hardware I'm selling. The amount in the photo might be less than what I actually have- I noticed more pieces after I took the photos. I am NOT selling individual pieces. Each photo has the grouping of what I'm selling. Please don't ask for a selection of each group, I won't do it. I also have a ton of real snakeskin hides I'll be posting soon for sale! Email me- fastest way for a response- Rachael@heavyleathernyc.com
  20. I have a large collection of hardware I'm selling. The amount in the photo might be less than what I actually have- I noticed more pieces after I took the photos. I am NOT selling individual pieces. Each photo has the grouping of what I'm selling. Please don't ask to purchase a selection of each group! Email me for a quicker response- Rachael@heavyleathernyc.com I'm also selling tons of snakeskin hides soon!!!
  21. Does anyone know where I could find heavy duty buckles for a weight lifting belt? Like the one in the picture or similar! Thank you!!
  22. I need some help from my fellow leather workers. I have a customer that wants a reversible belt. Should be easy to do right? not from what my searches are telling me. They want a 1.5" belt and the largest reversible buckle I can find is 1.35". They do not want it tapered and they do want both sides tooled. They also want it as thick as I can make it which is easier because I do have some saddle skirting I can use. Here's my 2 part question: 1. Does anyone have a source for larger reversible buckles like the big names use or 2. Can I do it the same as normal for the buckle and use a normal buckle that can be taken off (using snaps) and reversed. The back side would obviously have 2.5" of the opposite color (black on 1 side, timber brown on the other) and use a 6-7oz "liner"? that would meet up with the folded over part Any other ideas would be welcome
  23. I am a huge fan of buckle guy, but I am looking for some more suppliers that offer similar quality/style without minimums. I am specifically looking for some sleek/minimal looking solid brass center bar buckles. It would also need to be a situation where I could continue to buy stock in the future, so I don't think anything on eBay or amazon would be a good choice (unless you know more than I do). Ive checked out buckleguy, OTB, leatherguy, leathersmith, weaver, zack white, tandy, springfield, brettuns... Maybe overseas? I don't know. Thanks! Zayne
  24. I have been looking for a USA manufacturer of belt buckles for some time. There are a few suppliers out there, but very few and hard to find. I'm in the process of getting some quotes and samples from Philip Machine and trying to gauge how much interest there might be in reselling a good share of whatever I buy. I spoke with a gentleman on the phone there today and they typically require a minimum order of around 500 units for solid brass, which can be broken down into multiple finishes, such as brass, nickel plate, antiqued, etc. I have not gotten a proper quote back yet, but I believe they would be somewhere in the $2 range per buckle. I would likely add some markup depending on how much shipping turned into and how long I though I'd be sitting on them. I'm certainly not looking to get rich on this deal, but I do believe in getting paid a little something for taking on the work and the risk... 500 buckles is probably ten years' worth for my operation. If there's enough interest in other folks buying quality USA-made buckles I would list them on my Etsy store as a regular item. I'd love to be able to get quality US items on the market to folks that will use them. So, any thoughts? Anyone? I know other folks are interested in finding domestic suppliers, so it seems like this should be doable. I'm not really interested in trying to do a group buy or form some loose coalition, as those things just seem to stall or fall apart. You can check out Philip Machine at: http://www.philipmachine.com/ If interested take a look at their buckles and see if they might fit your needs. Let me know if you have any interest and what type/size/finish of buckles would work for you. I'll post updates as I get firmer costs and feasibility, or if they come through with samples. I'll also post this in another forum or two where folks might look for this info. And if it turns into a total bust I'll let you know it's dead. Better yet, if someone has already found the secret to buying high quality USA made buckles in small quantities at good prices let me know that too!! Otherwise I think I'll be headed down the Philip path one way or another. Thanks! P.S. - Before some helpful soul points me to one of the thousand sources for quality imported hardware: "Thank you," but finding a good US manufacturer is really the point here. I know there are some very good sources for imported hardware (and I've used several of them,) but it's important to my brand development, and to me personally, to try to keep my suppliers American. It's a shame that it's gotten so hard, but it is possible.
  25. I have been lurking on this site for a while so i thought i would post something. I have been leather crafting for around a year now in a hobby capacity. This is a belt i made for a friend of mine.
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