Question: Trophy buckle style Silver thickness??

rossm10

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Hello All, What gauge of Sterling is common to use for an oval shaped 3 1/2" x 2 3/4" buckle??
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Ross
 

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Brian

I don't understand one thing, why would you go down to a thinner sheet if you are doing a rope edge. I would have thought the opposite would be true. Can you elaborate a little for me please.

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If you are trying to keep costs down you can always take a thin gauge piece of silver like 20 or 22 and solder it to a piece of nickel as a backer. This will give the feel and heft of a nice chunk of metal but make material costs considerably less. A large amount of the trophy buckles out there are done this way...the ones for smaller rodeos are mainly made in base metals exclusively (nickel with brass and copper overlays).
 

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Soldering the rope edge on increases the resistance to bending. Strengthens it. I've only seen 18 gauge used for lower end smaller trophy buckles.

At say 3" x 4" and up - it's best to move up to 16 gauge.

This same strengthening also occurs in conchos and you can use lighter gauge metal for economy.


Personally, I go for the heavier (within reason) gauges. Only a few dollars more. (Unless you are making a license plate sized rodeo clown buckle)


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Stick to solid materials for value if nothing else let alone waiting your time being stingy,it never works out very well. If it is a nice buckle, I'd use 14 ga. solid sterling for a base. ,16 ga. for an average buckle. If it has a lot of shape like a ranger style, 18 will be fine with rope or an added border.
 

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