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Chased aluminum and iron belt buckle
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Most of my career has been spent making custom hardware and furniture for interior designers. Because of that, I have a large scrap pile that begs to be used. The work I make for myself is made exclusively from this scrap pile. Every one of the pieces I make from scrap is one of a kind. The scarp pile often dictates the limits of the project. There are not many long pieces, and some are quite small, so I get the opportunity to make a variety of things. I will be making more buckles. Some in different styles, but no two will be exactly alike.
This buckle uses a process called repousse, a French word that means something. I don't speak French. Repousse is an ancient technique that transforms a flat piece of metal into a three dimensional form. This is repousse in aluminum riveted to a steel backing so that it can be worn as a belt buckle. The technique is often used in jewelry but was also used by blacksmiths to make armor, decoration on vessels and as part of decorative metalwork in general. Chasing is the process of finishing the piece from the front, cleaning up the detail. I, probably improperly, use the words interchangeably. They are different things and some day I will write a post to explain in detail exactly what each term means.
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Buckle size ~ 3 1/2" wide x 2 1/2" high
Buckle weight ~ 5 oz. / 144 g
Belt width ~ 1 1/2" (the loop is 1 1/2" wide)
A few years ago I was hired to make a large outdoor temporary public art piece. It was about 2 stories tall. Basically a steel frame covered in an aluminum skin with a canvas sail in the middle. I have a fair amount of the aluminum cutoff left from that project. I've been trying to come up with a use for it for some time and I think that working on repousse pieces is a good answer. Making odd cuts of flat aluminum into much more interesting reliefs seems like the best thing to do right now.
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