Each custom belt buckle begins with an idea for the design. We will work up a graphic artwork proposal for you to review. Once approved a “Straight Design” or “Sculptured Design” master pattern is made.
Specially formulated sand is mixed and pressed into a sand-box mold with an antique production press. The pattern is removed from the sand and the detail of the belt buckle is left imprinted into the sand mold. The sand mold is checked for detail, carefully put back together leaving an empty cavity inside. It is then prepared for casting.
How to make a custom belt buckle!
In a small furnace, when the molten bronze has reached the casting temperature of close to 2000˚, it is carefully hand poured into the sand-box molds. Filling the empty cavity left by the pattern impression. After completely cooling the castings are broken-out of the sand-box molds. The sand is reprocessed. The castings are then sand-blasted, and cleaned, inspected for detail and quality, only the best castings are used for our belt buckles.
Using a variety of finishing techniques, a skilled craftsman hand polishes the belt buckle to a brilliant shine. Hand brazing the hoop and prong on the back of the buckle insures a permanent attachment. Every individual finished belt buckle is strength tested and inspected to assure that it meets our strict standards.
Quality Craftsmanship Guaranteed.
Our trademark is cast into the back of every casting that Northwest Brass Works makes. It is a mark of authenticity and a guarantee of quality. Each belt buckle is certified to be sand-cast, solid brass and handmade in the United States of America. If the hardware on the backside of the buckle ever breaks just send it to us and it will be fixed or replaced at no charge. All you would have to pay for is round trip shipping.
Keeping the Shine! Caring for your custom belt buckle is very easy. Many people like the color of the natural patina that the buckle will turn over time. While others may like to keep that polished lustre that it has. We recommend an occasional cleaning using a specially treated cotton wading called Nev-R-Dul available in most hardware stores. It cleans the polished areas of the buckle without leaving a residue on the recessed areas of the buckle. Either way you will be able to enjoy your belt buckle for years to come.
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Northwest Brass Works manufactures custom brass belt buckles. All of the buckles we make are sand-cast, solid brass, and hand made in the USA. Every belt buckle comes with a Lifetime Guarantee of Quality Craftsmanship.
"Our custom buckles can take the punishment of everyday wear."
We are dedicated to making the highest quality solid brass belt buckles available in America today. Our specialized services include the custom design and casting of buckles using antique sand casting methods. From exceptional artwork design to detailed pattern work, from smooth sand castings to high quality bronze, from superior craftsmanship to excellent customer service you won't find a better quality buckle made.
The Process. First you share your idea and description with us for a buckle. From this we draw a graphic proposal for you to review. Once approved the patterns are made for each custom edition of buckles. An antique foundry press is used to compress specially formulated smooth sand around the patterns. Great attention to detail is taken at this point in the process. Our traditional brass is melted in a furnace then hand poured into the top of the sand molds. After cooling each sprue of buckles is broken out sand blasted then inspected for quality. We select only the best buckle castings. A skilled craftsman polishes each buckle using a variety of techniques. This is a skill that takes years to perfect. When the buckle is finished it is strength tested and inspected for quality.
"A Quality Craftsman makes a Quality Buckle."
When you receive your custom buckle in hand, you will notice the brilliant shine, see the fine detail of a smooth sand cast piece, admire the quality craftsmanship and feel the weight of a solid brass buckle that will stand the test of time.
"We shall sell no buckle until it shines!"
We invite you to contact us about your own edition of custom belt buckles. You will find our customer service polite and ready to listen to your ideas and requests to make your custom buckles just the way you envision them.
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