Creating a custom resin belt buckle is a snap using a buckle blank, found objects and EnviroTex Jewelry Resin. This resin buckle was easy to make and I am very happy with the finished product. I was going for a Boho/Western look for this buckle by using greens and heart motif. The heart is a piece that I had in my stash from a broken necklace. I knew someday I would use it and today is the day! Using found objects is a great way to achieve a unique design. EnviroTex Jewelry Resin is perfect for this project because it dries crystal clear with no bubbles. These buckles can be customized, by changing the color/pattern of the paper, beads and center pieces.
EnviroTex Jewelry Resin
Small Paint Brush
1. Cut scrapbook paper to fit inside the buckle bezel. Apply decoupage to the inside of the bezel and place paper down. Apply a thin coat of decoupage to the top of the paper. Make sure that you cover the entire surface of the paper. Set aside to dry.2. Cut a strip of beading wire. Randomly string enough beads on wire so that they fit around the inside of the bezel. Once the desired amount is achieved, run the wire back through the beads to secure. See Picture. Cut the excess wire and tuck any ends into the beads.3. Apply a small amount of E6000 glue around the inside of the bezel rim. Place the beads onto the glue, making sure that they are push tightly against the rope design of the buckle. Next, glue your center piece in place. Set aside to dry.
4. When glue is completely dry, mix the resin according to manufacturer’s instructions. Secure the buckle, so that it lays flat. You will need to wedge items under it to even it out because of the back. Add the resin to the bezel; take care not to get the resin on the top of the beads or center piece. I used the stir stick to add the resin to the bezel. Remove any bubbles in the resin by blowing through a straw. Set aside to dry.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. What found objects do you have in your stash that would make a unique belt buckle?