Western Buckle Pendant

by Joan Williams.
(Springfield, MO)

Yep, I’m still at it – trying to find ways to make jewelry out of every little odd thing I pick up! This time it’s a pretty little tooled buckle from a vintage western belt.

I removed the stem part of the buckle and added dangles of turquoise, amber and czech glass along with a cute little cowboy boot charm, and attached the pendant to a matte finish silver chain.

Easy to make and fun to wear!

Joan Williams
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Very Cool
by: Leigh

Love what you did the with the buckle and of course the turquoise makes it even better.

Unique find
by: Lynda

What a unique use for the beautiful belt buckle. A perfect frame device for the beads.

by: Irene

What a creative use of a vintage buckle. Very nice!!

Very Creative
by: Bridgette

This is a really nice piece.

Beautiful Presentation
by: Maryanne Murphy

Your re-purposed belt buckle necklace is a knockout!

I am so impressed with the texture, weight and colors used to their maximum potential.

What I mean when I say weight is that the proportion between the chain and the belt buckle is perfect and its simplicity compliments the etched work n the belt buckle. Your photos are also FANTASTIC. I have photo envy!! It really makes a difference to see piece worn on a person to get the best idea of how it will look.

Thanks so much for sharing!

re: comments
by: Joan

Thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments!

Maryanne, thanks also for your comment on my photos. When I opened my Etsy shop 2 years ago I had no idea it would require me to learn photography! Believe me, it’s a constant struggle and tears have been shed on more than one occasion when I couldn’t get a shot to come out right!
The model in my pictures is “Natasha”, my mannequin bust. Using her makes picture taking much easier – plus it’s kind of fun to dress her in a way that compliments whatever necklace I’m photographing! 🙂

by: Ana

What a creative idea! I like it very much.

by: Jewelry By Luet and Co

What a great idea!!! The necklace is very cute!

Wonderful pendant
by: Nancy Pace

Your very creative! Love your idea,I always hate to waste things too:)Your work is inspiring:)
Nancy Pace

Love it!
by: Anonymous

Very creative with plenty of cowgirl kick! What a great piece!

Too Cute
by: Lisa

Oh….how….cute!! I’ve been working on Western/Southwestern jewelry recently and this is the cutest idea I have seen! Love it!!!

Truly Clever
by: Anonymous

What a clever idea! It has a modern elegance that makes it appealing even to those who aren’t self-proclaimed ‘Western’ aficionados.

re: comments
by: Joan

Thanks so much to all of you!

Daddy’s Buckle
by: Charlotte

Now I know what to do with my daddy’s buckle that has been in my jewelry box since he died in 1998. I love his buckle it already has turq, and some small red stones on it. I have a old necklace that broke that I think will go great with it.

Belt Buckle Keepsake
by: Rena

What a lovely project idea, Charlotte – using your father’s beloved belt buckle! I hope you’ll share a pic with us when you’ve finished it!

buckle necklace
by: Anonymous

Thanks for sharing your Idea for upcycling buckles to jewelry! I’ve been wondering what to do with these. Love your colors!

by: Frani

You are so clever! Love the idea and the necklace!!!

by: Renee

love your belt buckle necklace! How clever! I have a friend that would buy this up in a hear beat. Does it happen to be for sale?

love your idea!
by: Marilyn

I’m going to take one of my Dad’s old western belt buckle & see if I can do something like this! What a great look! Thanks for sharing.

re: comments and question NEW
by: Joan

Wow, thanks for your comments – I’m glad this piece has provided some inspiration!
Renee, this one has been sold, but I may be listing something similar in my Etsy shop soon – thanks for your interest!

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