Finally! For several weeks I’ve been attempting to make a copper belt. I could show pictures of all the different prototypes, but then there would be no room for words in this entry. The belt idea began when I worked diligently to create a long necklace of different shaped hammered copper links. The necklace grew too long and I tried to turn it into a belt. It wasn’t bad, but needed a few modifications. Unfortunately, I would rather make something new than fix something; therefore I started another long piece of copper links for a belt. That piece actually did become a long necklace.
Eventually, after examining one of my purchased older silver Concho belts I attempted a modification of that design. I’ve always felt the Concho belts were a bit uncomfortable in the back; so this copper belt has just a few ovals and those in the back are small. I added the turquoise on a few ovals for interest and put some dangles at the end. The large hook clasp and open links allow for the belt to be attached at various places. I used a heavy copper wire from the recycling establishment for the links and hand cut the ovals from a sheet of copper. Also, I spent a good deal of time filing and sanding since I didn’t want the belt to snag on clothing. The next one will have a second hook clasp on the opposite end from the first so that part of the belt can be doubled. I can visualize it made from different shapes and/or different stones.
Now that I have the belt ready for creating variations, what shall I do to create a tiny waist and flat stomach for it to adorn?