Buckles for leather work

To help keep your armor in place, you can use buckles. They are pretty easy to install anywhere you desire them.

First we will cut a piece of leather.

buckle strap

buckle strap

Mine look like that piece above. The three holes in the diamond piece on the left will be used to rivet the piece to my armor. The rest of the piece is for the buckle. The diamond part can be any shape, depending on the project.

anatomy

anatomy

The buckle will go in that long hole on that fold line. The holes A and B will be used for rivets. Once we put the buckle in the middle hole, we will fold the piece on the fold line. A will line up with A and B will line up with B.

folded

folded

When folded over it will look like this.

thread the buckle through

thread the buckle through

The buckle is slid in.

up and down

up and down

The leather piece will go up the left side of the buckle, and down the right.

finished

finished

Once in place, the leather is glued, and riveted. The two rivets are in the holes A and B.  This is now ready to be attached any where you desire on your armor. That long hole is for the metal piece in the middle of the buckle. It is long to allow it to move back and forth.

just rivet it on

just rivet it on

You can make these up in small batches so they all look the same, or you can custom make them one by one and they can all be different.

That long hole in the middle was created by just making several hole punches in a row. You could use a razor knife instead, or if you want it really straight and pretty, they sell a special tool to cut that long hole.

They call it a buckle hole punch or a racetrack hole punch.

buckle hole punch

buckle hole punch

So, the key points in this creation are

*the leather strap piece has to be cut so it fits in the buckle. Buckles can be purchased in many sizes. I buy mine from Tandy leather online. They are about $1 each

*A hole has to be cut for the metal middle piece of the buckle

*the leather strip goes through the buckle, folds over, and gets attached back on itself.

*the diamond part can be any shape or size you wish

The other half of the creation is just a leather strap to fit in the buckle. Cut a strip that fits in your buckle, and punch some holes in it like a belt.

Here is a great example of how it can look.

nice example

nice example

Here are some buckles on some armor.

armor example

armor example

Here are some delicate buckles on some shoes

shoes

shoes

It is the same principle for belts.

belt

belt

Notice the same elements. A buckle, a middle hole on the fold for the metal middle piece, some rivets when the leather folds back on itself.

Buckles can add a lot. They are pretty cheap to buy, and easy to add to your leather project.

Go ahead, make a mess, add a buckle, have some fun.

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