Sunday, January 26, 2014

My Other Creations: Whimsical Western Belt

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is to make something cowboy-themed.  No offense to any cowboys out there, but big belt buckles came immediately to my mind.  What can I say?  I was intrigued...and slightly disturbed...by the self-proclaimed cowboys at my high school that would top off their super-snug Wranglers with a belt buckle the size of an hors d'oeuvre platter.  For better or worse, that apparently made an impact on my subconscious.  So I went with my own version of a big-buckled Western belt:


To make the buckle, all I did was find the lid of a tin, which I glued the Western picture to the bottom of.  Then I covered the whole thing with a healthy layer of Glossy Accents glue.  I'm loving Glossy Accents the more and more that I use it because it doubles as a resin substitute.  If you do compare it to resin, it's nice because it's not at all as toxic-smelling as some of the brands that are out there.  It provides a nice shiny coating (as thick as you want to go) for any sort of project you've whipped up.  It works out great for jewelry in particular.  Here's an angled close-up of just the buckle:



Isn't that a great picture from October Sky's Sasparilla line?  The ephemera has a great sense of style and just the right bit of humor.  I love how it says, "Tough as nails...even on Sundays."  Classic!  You go, girl!

I attached the buckle to a belt that I already had and stuck a playing card behind it just for the purpose of these pictures (I don't usually leave the house with gambling paraphernalia on my person).  I also added some blingy jewelry to give it some added oomph.  I like to incorporate old or broken jewelry into new accessory pieces.

As always, a kudos goes out to my trusty model, Gwendolyn, whom I rescued from a Gap that was going out of business several years ago.  She's always willing to wear my wacky creations and since she's headless, she never complains.



I thoroughly enjoyed this project and it really strengthened my fondness for Glossy Accents!  As always, you can find it and these other great items at Simon Says Stamp:




I can't wait to see how you interpret this week's theme!  Don't forget to submit your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog for your chance to win free moolah to spend at Simon Says Stamp.50dollar_voucher_600px

15 comments:

  1. Bravo! Andrea, this is just the Cat's Meow! I love your creativity here. Hugs, Yvonne

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  2. Nobody is going to mess with who ever wears this big buckle! Love that image in your tin which makes your buckle. Brilliant belt and gorgeous too! Love that you tucked in the ace of spades too! Fabulous design!

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  3. Another very clever idea Andrea! Love your belt with that very big buckle! Glossy Accents is the best. Great idea to add the playing card too!

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  4. This is such a brilliant take on the challenge theme, Andrea. I love the beautiful picture you used. Great design! :)

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  5. A very clever idea and wonderful take on the challenge theme...fantastic design! Really looking forward to working alongside you on the team.

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  6. Yee haa. Love your belt. Great idea for the buckle

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  7. Fabulous! Love your creative mind! So cool to make your own buckle! Love it! Hugs, Sandra

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  8. What a cool project, Andrea! Way to think outside the box! :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  9. So creative Andrea! What a cool cowboy belt buckle!

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  10. What a fabulous buckle - brilliant vintage image, great make!
    Alison x

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  11. You've struck gold with this amazing buckle. Brilliant idea! And it's gorgeous!

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  12. Andrea! This is one of the most incredible interpretations I've seen!! I love your belt, I'm not a big fan of the cowboy theme, but I'd be happy to wear this creation! BArbarayaya

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  13. Andrea...as per your usual, you've come up with the most original piece! :) I love it and your blog write up. Your sense of humor sleighs me. I wish that I had your "gift of gab" when it comes to writing! I love your wild west belt buckle. The idea is a simple one...but YOU came up with it and it's brilliant! Love the image you've Glossy Accented into the tin lid. So funny. I use Glossy all the time to cover things but I never thought of using it on a project this big. Very cool! I will have to try that sometime. Your belt is darling and I love your story about your "model". I need one of those who would never complain about my work, either! <3 Candy

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  14. Oh my gosh!! I saw this on SSS Monday Challenge and thought it was fabulous. Now that I've checked out the amazing way that you made that buckle, I'm floored. A tin lid?!?!? REally!?!?!? Such a cool idea! Wow!!!! Gorgeous (Love the Saloon Gal!) -- Mary Elizabeth

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