Richard Salley | The Art of the Buckle | Friday, February 8, 2019 | 9 am until 4 pm


Belt Buckles may not fit perfectly into the category of jewelry, but they can certainly be considered wearable pieces of art. In this  full day workshop you will learn to make a very personalized belt buckle for yourself or a special someone. Although the examples shown here are decidedly Western in look, your challenge will be to create a buckle that reflects your own aesthetic. The common elements will be to have a pierced brass overlay and edge embellishments…beyond that, the design choice are up to you. Buckles are a great way to showcase a special stone, coin or other object. Plenty of examples of non-Western buckles can be found with a simple Google search.


Sawing and soldering skills are necessary to be successful in this class.



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Instructor: Richard Salley

Date of Class: 02/08/2019

Time: 9 am until 4 pm

Class Fee: $165

Level: Intermediate

Type: Project-Techniques

Kit Fee: $30 (payable to instructor at class time)

Kit Fee Includes

22g nickle silver sheet (60 x 90mm)

22g jeweler’s brass sheet (60 x 90mm)

sterling silver twist wire (as needed)

sterling silver rectangle wire (as needed)

24g sterling sheet 4mm x 20mm x 2

10g sterling wire 70mm

bezel wire for stone or coin

silver solder



Student Supply List

Bring a flat-backed cabochon, coin or other object you might want to attach to the buckle.

I will have some stones also if you don’t have one to bring…and there will be plenty of vendors in Tucson to choose from!

Safety glasses

Jewelers saw and blades (#0 and #2/0 or #3/0)

Bench Block

Bench Pin

Pliers-flat nose, chain nose, round nose

Files – hand files and/or needle files

Rawhide mallet

Wire cutters


bezel rocker, burnishers or bezel pusher

Optional Supply List

Metal shears

miter vise/jig

metal stamps

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Many of our students have asked us to help streamline the process of gathering their supplies and tools for classes, and we have come up with a way we think will work for you.

SJ Jewelry Supply in Phoenix is owned and operated by a wonderful family, headed by Mario Morales. His wife, Erika, and son, Steven, round out the staff, and they are excited to help make gathering your supplies easy and stress free. We guarantee they will make life easier for you! No kidding!

Here’s how it will work….

  • Once you have determined what you will need for each class, send an email with your request for products and/or tools to SJ Jewelry Supply
    • Go to our website, open the class description for each of the classes in which you are enrolled, scroll down to the section “Student Supplies,” cut and paste the items you want to purchase into an email to Mario.
    • Here’s their email address
  • When they receive your email, they will send you a return email acknowledging receipt of your request
    • In this email, they will instruct you about payment methods 
  • Once your order is filled, they will send you a second email with confirmation stating your order is complete
    • Included in this email, they will give you instructions on how to pick up your orders upon arrival in Tucson

 Sound easy? We think it’s going to help take the stress out of preparing for classes!