Custom Belt Buckle

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Intro: Custom Belt Buckle

How to take your own pictures/designs and put them into a rad belt buckle.

Tools you'll need:
Casting Resin
Catalyst
Clear tape
Scissors
Mixing bowl & mixing tool
Picture
Blank belt buckle

Step 1: Tool Time

First, get all your tools together for easy access.

Measure your belt buckle, for picture sizing. (Mine ended up being 2in x 2 3/4in)

Step 2: Picture Time

Next, Select picture you like, and resize it. Then print picture and laminate it using your clear tape.

Step 3: Resin Time

Now, mix your resin and catalyst. (read complete instructions on resin label)
For this project I used 1 oz of resin, mixed with 15 drops of catalyst. I marked out the 1 oz on my mixing bowl to make it easy. Stir well for approx. 60 seconds.

The bubbles will work themselves out for the most part once the resin is drying.

Step 4: Pouring Time

Place your picture into the belt buckle, trim as needed. Then pour resin on top of picture being careful not to overflow it.

Step 5: Drying Time

Let the resin dry fully in the buckle.

Voila! You have a custom belt buckle.

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    9 Discussions

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    PhallicWorship

    8 years ago on Step 2

     An alternative to taping the picture is to coat the image with one or two layers of Mod Podge (It's a glue, seal and finish). Cover the image on the front and the back, let it dry, and put on another coat to be safe. Mod Podge is fairly inexpensive. It seals the ink in and the resin out more effectively than the tape does. 

    Hope this helps. :)

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    jansim

    8 years ago on Step 2

    Even though I laminated the picture with clear tape (front and back), the resin still leaks in from the sides and "stains" the picture.  Any suggestions on how to prevent this?

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    jansim

    8 years ago on Step 3

    I found that if you run a hair dryer over the cast at a sideways angle, the bubbles come out really fast.  (Just watch that you don't "blow" your resin over the edge of your buckle).

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    russian5

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Did you put the buckle in a container when applying the resin or did you just pour it on?

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    jansim

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Just wondering where you purchased your belt buckle.  I have looked all over the net and can't seem to find this exact one.  Did you buy it at a store? Thanx!