Embellish that Belt! Part 7

Embellish that Belt! Part 7

  • Hand fabricated and engraved belt buckle, work in progress

  • Hand fabricated and engraved belt buckle, work in progress

Today we’ll be sharing the last buckle we photographed during the Start-to-Finish Western Buckle Course.
Brandon Kauffman fabricated and engraved this buckle during the class. It features a horse centerpiece, bright-cut scrolls, and a twisted rope border.

If you’d like to see other belts from GRSTC Students, check out the other parts of this series:
Embellish that Belt! Part 1
Embellish that Belt! Part 2
Embellish that Belt! Part 3
Embellish that Belt! Part 4
Embellish that Belt! Part 5
Embellish that Belt! Part 6

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

  • Hand inlaid and set anodized titanium rings

  • Hand inlaid and set anodized titanium ring

Evgenii Fedko inlaid and set decorative patterns in these anodized titanium rings. The anodized blue and purple tones contrast beautifully with the gold inlay, creating an eye-catching design.

Time to Engrave

Time to Engrave

  • Hand engraved watch

  • Hand engraved watch

Mike Siderio engraved this watch case and buckle with scrollwork. The case features fine-line engraving while the buckle has sculpted scrolls.

A Bit of Engraving

A Bit of Engraving

  • Handmade and engraved horse bit

  • Handmade and engraved horse bit, close up

Jeremiah Watt made and engraved this bit. It features gold-colored accents and graceful scrolls and flowers.

Embellish that Belt! Part 6

Embellish that Belt! Part 6

  • Belt buckle design drawing

  • Cutting out the border

Tamra Griffey fabricated and engraved this buckle during the Start-to-Finish Western Buckle Course at the GRS Training Center. She worked on her design for the buckle outside of class, using an iPad and Procreate. Red lines on the drawing show areas where instructor Diane Scalese suggested changes to the design. Tamra also modified her design during class, drawing directly on the buckle before engraving.

If you’d like to see other belts from GRSTC Students, check out the other parts of this series:
Embellish that Belt! Part 1
Embellish that Belt! Part 2
Embellish that Belt! Part 3
Embellish that Belt! Part 4
Embellish that Belt! Part 5

Wild Coat Collection

Wild Coat Collection

  • Hand engraved, inlaid, and set "Wild Coat" collection

  • Hand engraved, inlaid, and set Cuban link adornment

Fin des Temps, an artist-owned NYC engraving house, commissioned Seattle-based Third Eye Assembly to create this series of jewelry, titled “Wild Coat.” The series includes an Audemars Piguet watch, a Cuban link chain, a lighter case, and two rings, all embellished with a beautiful rose gold inlaid leopard pattern. It took over 500 hours to complete the series.

Buddy Austin (founder of Third Eye Assembly) studied the anatomy and habits of leopards for inspiration before starting work on the Audemars Piguet watch. The watch features an 18K yellow gold body, 22K rose gold inlay, 12 baguette-cut diamond hour markers, and 88 round diamonds set in the beveled edge of the bezel. He had to mix his own alloy of copper and 24K gold to be able to inlay it into the softer yellow gold. Buddy enjoyed the finished look and the process of engraving the leopard pattern so much that he pushed to create a series of matching pieces.

The series includes:
All pieces feature 22K rose gold inlay
Royal Oak Audemars Piguet Watch
12 baguette cut diamonds
88 brilliant diamonds
 
Cuban Link Adornments
380g 14K Yellow Gold
400 brilliant diamonds
 
18K Gold Ring
8 brilliant diamonds
 
14K gold ring
8 brilliant diamonds
 
Lighter Case
110 brilliant diamonds

Photos and story courtesy Buddy Austin, Third Eye Assembly. Photography by AJ Ragassa.

A Colorful Ruger

A Colorful Ruger

  • Hand engraved revolver

  • Hand engraved revolver

Professional hand engraver Dale Bass engraved this Ruger revolver and finished it with a colorful patina.

A Gentleman’s Belt Buckle

A Gentleman’s Belt Buckle

  • Hand fabricated and engraved gentleman's buckle

  • Hand fabricated and engraved gentleman's buckle

GRSTC instructor and professional hand engraver Diane Scalese fabricated and engraved this gentleman’s buckle (also known as a box buckle). It features scrollwork on the top and sides and a parallel-line background that creates a nice contrast.

Diane will be teaching a start-to-finish course on how to make and engrave this type of buckle at the GRS Training Center in 2019. If you’d like to learn more about participating in the class, check out the training center’s website.

Go with the Flow

Go with the Flow

  • Pendant design sketch

  • Hand engraved pendant, work in progress

Sergej Manaenko engraved this graceful pendant. If you look closely, you can see how Sergej used a grid to lay out his drawing and then carried it over to the metal. The flowing forms change dramatically change with the light.

Miniature Knives

Miniature Knives

  • Handmade, engraved, and inlaid sole authorship knife

  • Handmade, engraved, and inlaid sole authorship knife, close up

Professional engraver and knifemaker Rick Eaton created these 1/4 scale Bowie knives. The sole authorship miniature knives feature Damascus blades, 24K gold inlay, and fossil ivory handles.

Embellish that Belt! Part 4

Embellish that Belt! Part 4

  • Hand fabricated and engraved belt buckle

  • Hand fabricated and engraved belt buckle, close up

Brian Powley fabricated and engraved this belt buckle during the Start-to-Finish Western Buckle Course. It features gold-colored overlay of his initials, a twisted wire border, and plenty of engraved details.

If you’d like to see other belt buckles from GRSTC students, be sure to check out our previous articles from this series!
Embellish that Belt! Part 1
Embellish that Belt! Part 2
Embellish that Belt! Part 3

Made and Engraved

Made and Engraved

  • Handmade and engraved knife

  • Handmade and engraved knife

GRSTC instructor and professional hand engraver Mitchell Lurth made and engraved this knife.

Bishop V6

Bishop V6

  • Hand engraved Bishop Fantom Tattoo machine

  • Hand engraved Bishop Fantom Tattoo machine

Mark Dupp engraved this Bishop V6 Rotary Tattoo Machine frame with elegantly shaded scrollwork.

Embellish that Belt! Part 3

Embellish that Belt! Part 3

  • Hand fabricated and engraved belt buckle and conchos

  • Hand fabricated and engraved conchos

Kelly Williams fabricated and engraved this buckle and conchos during the Concho Belts and Business Course at the GRS Training Center.
If you’d like to see other belts from GRSTC Students, check out the other parts of this series:
Embellish that Belt! Part 1
Embellish that Belt! Part 2

The 2019 Learn Project: An Incredible Handpiece

The 2019 Learn Project: An Incredible Handpiece

  • 2019 Learn Project: 901 Handpiece

  • 2019 Learn Project: 901 Handpiece

Ben Bentvelzen created the 2019 Learn Project for the GRS Training Center Calendar. This stainless steel 901 Handpiece features an incredible combination of precision and color. Alternating lines of blue and white stones twist around the handpiece. Ben used stone size to match the diameter of the domed form, so each line tapers at the top and bottom of the knob. The top of the knob features the word “Learn” on a bulino-shaded scroll. The faceted background behind the scroll reflects light and provides a nice transition into the pavé stones. Under the knob, Ben set stones to write out the text “Learn Project 2019”. The text is set on a textured gold background, and a small engraved plaque notes that the work was done “by Ben.”

Are you excited for classes at the GRS Training Center next year? Enrollment for 2019 classes will open December 3rd, so mark your calendar!