Occasionally I decide on something I want to make for the shear enjoyment of the process. This was one of two buckles I made simply because I wanted to feature bears for no particular reason! Loosely it could be linked to when I worked in Montana. I had to complete “bear” training, which basically consisted of nothing more than, “If you see a bear, say ‘hey bear’ so you don’t startle them.”
This buckle is copper, nickel silver and brass. The border is hammer textured brass, and for added interest, I sawed out little cut outs mimicking the bear’s shape. The bear is hammer textured brass. The back plate is copper and the findings (where the belt attaches to the buckle) are brass. Both the bear and border are riveted down. Like most of my buckles, I have finished it with a patina to highlight the details!