Decorate the buckle and it can be rings. Can they be used as clasps?
You can stamp sayings like "Giddy Up" or "Cow Girl/boy" "Star"
Make one a funky focal with small dangles. Love those.
I'm seeing fabric attached...(somehow)... with the buckle end used as part of a clasp, but not buckled to the other end. Maybe remove the little tongue thing that normally would fit into the little holes, and anchor a dangle there. I think the mesh invites a needle and thread, to attach the piece to ribbon, or maybe to use a very small wire to sew beads onto it. I don't see this working without some sort of disassembly, but that may be just my limited imagination talking. It's a challenge, for sure, but if anyone can make it work, you can!
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Maybe drill a hole in the tongue part and buckle and use as a link? Depending on how soft the are you can link the buckled loops together to form a chain, or buckle to use as a pendant and hang charms from the buckle at bottom.
Jenny has a good idea, maybe a fabric cuff with that sewed on top for detail! Or attach some leather to make it longer and fancy it up some how with beads and charms!
Bails. I would hang some funky polymer clay piece from them. They are so unique; great find. Can't tell you how many times I have "set something aside" with the perfect idea of how to use it….only to come back to it months later without a clue.
I would love to play with these. I think you could wire beads through the holes for the buckle part or rivet beads/metal components in those holes. Figure out a way to attach cording/macramé to the end opposite the buckle if they're not long enough to extend the piece for a bracelet that would still attach to the buckle end as the clasp. They look like so much fun to play with.
I know why you are stumped as well why you bought them! I would also have taken them with me, they are so beautiful! Are they for suitcases? They say steampunk to me, subdued not into your face kind of steampunk ^^ I would try to keep them in a way that you can see them as a whole, not going around somewhere. The first thing that came into my mind was a necklace. A V-shaped necklace where this piece would be one site (the other chain or beads or leather or fabric... mixed materials definitely) and the clasp is the lowest part. With a small charm or dangle hanging on it, just tiny ;)But while writing this I could also image a gorgeous headpiece! Also somehow steampunk inspired but now way over the top with peacock feathers and everything!
Have a blog hop and see what people come up with!
Oh! how cute!! Knowing me, I would try to turn them into a bracelet focal some how… with a sleepy puppy dog bead… and probably a painted leather band… something like that! I know you'll come up with something just fab. I vote for a blog hop too. lol
Did you possibly get them at The Beadin' Path Lorelei? I have a vague notion that Heather may have had some in the shop, but I could be wrong. Anyhoo, rivet beads (or Tin Snippets) through the holes, dangles attached to the buckle and the piece made into a focal? Linked together to make a chain?
I see them attached to wider leather, maybe recycled from men's belts. I see embroidery floss stiched through the links in playful tribal patterns. I see them cut apart and used as pendants, each end and even the middle. I am sure that cutting them is not your first choice, but I think that the raw edge (appropriately tamed) could be very interesting. Fun stuff! Looking forward to seeing how you adapt these to your designs, Miss Lorelei! Enjoy the day. Erin
Cut them in half and solder links on the other end and use them as clasps. Or just use them as is for e section of bracelet. Fun finds. I love the stuff that forces you to think outside the box.
They would lend themselves to closures for a metal book. You could run them around the width of the book and maybe bend the buckle if necessary. Otherwise maybe you could use the buckles and bands separately in a soldered mixed media piece?
What if you buckled it closed (the way they were meant to close) using the hole closest to the buckle (making it the smallest it can be), turn it so the buckle part is up, punch a hole in the center of the buckle itself (the flat bar-like part on the outside edge), hang it from an earwire, kind of flatten the whole thing down, and then decorate the remainder of the material by hanging small beads from it (either using small jump rings or by sewing them on). You could use charms instead of beads (or with beads so that there is color), maybe related to travel.
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