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How An Idea Becomes A Reality


Lately I have been thinking about making a belt buckle for myself.  
I do not know why.  It is not like I wear my shirts tucked in or anything!  But it would be nice to have a REALLY cool buckle!

So when I saw this fantastic piece by artist Jesse Bert I just HAD to share!  
Photo by Jesse Bert  
Come on...take a close look!  Check out those pointy ends.  Have you ever seen anything like it?  I mean the boots that is.  I hear it is the trend in northern Mexico and started in Dallas of all places!  The boots are known as botas vaqueras  exóticas.  Apparently these are worn at night clubs and anywhere one wants to make a statement.

Oops...I digress...anyway the botas vaqueras exóticas was the inspiration behind the piece shown above.  Also included was this iron grate, as Jesse describes "...wonderful iron grate I found on the ground in a village of the mountains of Oaxaca.  I created a very small organ pipe set to represent my idea of Calliopes."  What a score to find such a cool piece of metal!

The piece is a wonderful example of found objects, torch-fired glass enamel, and hydraulic die-forming combined with tools and rivets specially made by the artist himself.  Everything you see is connected to a brass back plate using copper rivets.

So if you are into pointy boots or want to make a statement this buckle is for you!

Jesse's work is currently showing at Ismos Joyeria de Diseño in Mexico City until mid July.  He can also be found on FB and his personal website.

Wait till you see my buckle!  Ha!


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