Building stuff is all about concepts, so shoutout to PRO DR MR BOB for giving me the concept to use a wire to make a belt buckle. Apologies in advance for the terrible photo quality. So why not just buy a belt buckle? Cuz I wanted to see if I could make one. I plan on using this buckle to make a paracord belt. What you'll need:
Bench vice or a corner that can take hammer hits
Wire hanger or about 16 inches or stiff wire
Needle nose pliers
Bastard file (optional)
Duct tape (optional)
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Step 1: Step 1: Cut Your Wire Sections
Cut two sections from your hanger: a 10 inch and a 6 inch (not pictured).
The length depends on how big of a buckle you want. For me, I want a 1.25 inch buckle, so I need at least 5 inches. I'm doubling the wire in the hopes that it'll be stronger.
Step 2: Step 2: Bend the Wire
Place your 10 and 6 inch sections in the vice with the lip of the vice just below the middle of the section. I put it right in the middle which is why the ends weren't equal. You can use the bastard file to smooth the ends if you want.
Step 3: Step 3: Hammer the Corners
Place the doubled 10 inch in the vice with the bend sticking up about 3/4 inch. That's roughly half of 1.25 inches. After you've hammered that to a roughly right angle, measure 1.25 inches and repeat the hammering. Repeat 2 more times to get a rough square.
Step 4: Step 4: Put the Prong On
Take your doubled 6 inch and bend the corners to circle around the square. The prong is going to go on the side of the square with the two ends. I had to hammer the bend in the square to make it thinner; but if you make the bend on the end of the 6 inch wide enough, you won't have to.
At this point, you're basically done, but I went a step further.
Step 5: Step 5: Duct Tape the Ends
I wrapped the ends of the wire with duct tape to keep them from snagging anything. Just like that, the buckle is done!
Functional? Yeah kinda.
Cheap? Oh yeah.
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