Favorite Project of the Week: Simple Concho Belt

My grandfather loved the Old West! Although he was born in Illinois and lived primarily in Kentucky and Michigan, his home was decorated with paintings and statues of cowboys, Native Americans, cacti, and other western scenes. When he really wanted to dress up, he didn’t wear a tie — he wore a bolo. Yep, Grandpa was a cowboy at heart. And I get my love of the American west from him. I simply adore southwestern-style jewelry and accessories. One of my favorite jewelry-making projects is the concho belt designed by Jeff Fulkerson.

Favorite Project of the Week: Simple Concho BeltJeff Fulkerson’s Simple Concho Belt

This fantastic accessory, from the December 2016 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, uses silver and turquoise — two very standard southwestern materials — to add a special look to a simple leather belt, using stamps and a hydraulic press. Grandpa would have approved!

  • It’s a very simple design that looks extremely complex.
  • If you want to experiment with a hydraulic press, this is a fabulous way to do it!
  • You can change the stone or the belt or the belt buckle or the stamps or even the shape of the conchos to make this design your own.
  • You’ll look fabulous on horseback. Or you’ll look as if you should be on horseback — even strolling down a city street.
  • Ride ‘em cowboy!

Project Details

Required Materials and Tools:

  • 22-gauge sheet sterling silver
  • 22-gauge copper sheet
  • 8mm cabochons
  • 8mm bezel cups
  • Belt
  • Belt buckle
  • Danny Wade stamps
  • Large shallow wooden dapping block
  • Large round-faced mallet
  • Potter hydraulic press
  • Potter impression die concho #3
  • 2×2 contained urethane pusher cup
  • Soldering setup