The Arts Refoundry of Lincoln Heights has come up with a new DIY holiday present: bronze belt buckles. The foundry, started up by Cypress Park resident and artist Gorden Bowen, will be offering three “Make Your Own Buckle” workshops in November and December that will show participants how to design and sculpt buckles out of wax, which are then cast into bronze at the foundry. “Workshops also include an actual pour and foundry demo of the lost wax process that takes your buckle from wax to bronze,” according to an Arts Refoundry press release.
The workshops, which cost $150, includes all the tools and materials needed to make the buckle. The Arts Refoundry also sells Metalcast Kits that allow buyers to design and sculpt their own buckles at home before they are poured into shape.