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! πŸ™‚

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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  • This is awesome. I love it. What a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • carolyn says:

    Please how do u remove stem from buckle

  • carolyn says:

    Please, how do u remove stem from buckle..???? Would love to make myself a necklace

  • Nancy Whitaker says:

    Hi ! What size buckle do you use ? Love this idea !! Thanks!!

  • Jane says:

    I would be interested in purchasing a Western Buckle Pendant necklace like this do you have any for sale?

  • Em Noll says:

    Oh My Goodness. What a great idea. I keep hanging on to belt buckles, etc., thinking I will come up with an idea for their use. Your idea is perfect and the added beads and boot make it so special. Thank you so much for sharing your project. Gives me inspiration for some of the “trinkets” I have been hanging on to.

  • Kini says:

    Can you make me one of the Western Buckle Pendants?

  • You did a great job on this pendant. πŸ™‚
    I love the western look.

    I have 4 brass “fit for a steampunk project” clasps here that we took from my daughters wintercoat.

  • Carol,

    You have such creativity and talent. What nice surprise to open up int The Jewelry Making Journal.

    Keep up the great work!


  • Elaine King says:

    I love your beautiful buckle Necklace ; I have been doing some of the same for the past couple of years . Sometimes removing the stem like yours, but often I leave it on and stack large-hole beads on it, then epoxy it in place. They look fantastic on leather, & rope as well as the chains. I often find the best buckles in thrift shops on worn-out or odd-size belts. The matching keepers can be worked into the design, or used alone in another project.

  • Absolutely lovely! I have a bunch of belt buckles that are too dang pretty to throw away. I love what you did with yours, and am so excited that I have the raw materials to make a masterpiece almost as nice as yours. Thank you, thank you and thank you once again for sharing!

  • Maureen, we’d love to see how your belt buckle jewelry turns out! πŸ™‚

  • Barbara Smith says:

    This is so clever! Definitely something I would wear!

  • Debbie says:

    Love it!

  • Patricia Mcclanahan says:

    This is awesome! Going to keep my eye out for belt buckles!

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