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 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