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 sterling silver and copper. The back plate is copper, and for added interest, I hammer textured vertical lines. The bear is smooth sterling silver, as well as the findings (where the belt attaches to the buckle). And like most of my buckles, I have finished it with a patina to highlight the details!