How a Belt is Made

How It’s Done!

Here at Paul Martin Championship Belts (PMCB) I create belts for any occasion. There is a lot of work that goes into these belts, so I thought I would give a guide as to what takes place when making these belts!

Designing a Belt

I consider the designing of the belt to be the most important part of the whole process and in some cases it can also be the longest. A lot of work has to go into this part of the belts production and a lot of back and forth takes place between myself and the customer to make sure the design is perfect and exactly what they want! Any logos or graphics needed for the belt need to be provided in either a high quality Jpeg or preferably as a vector in either.ai or .eps file formats.

It can all begin with a simple sketch. This was provided by the customer.
It can all begin with a simple sketch. This was provided by the customer.
After some back and forth discussion with the customer it is my job to design the belt. Here is a black and white proof of the belt artwork I designed.
Final completed belt created from the artwork above.
Final completed belt created from the artwork above.

The Plates

Once the art has been completed and approved by the customer, the plate production will begin. The plates will be acid engraved and plated in the finish requested by the customer (Gold, silver, etc.)

1488483_764738040207505_1506326902_n

After the plates are etched and finished they are ready to be painted.

1503764_764846196863356_151158476_n

 They are all hand painted to the specification of the customer. 

1464892_764891453525497_464779103_n (1)

After this they are ready to be mounted onto a leather strap.

The Leather

The leather straps have so many options available and are yet another stage when customisation can be a big factor! The leather is cut and hand tooled in a variety of styles depending on the customers ideas.

1533370_770664652948177_1063061780_n

It is then dyed a chosen colour, polished and fastening snaps are attached to both ends of the strap.

IMG_2928

1497750_774167455931230_2093521785_n
The leather is all hand tooled, and takes hours to complete.
1521688_774180702596572_1838635129_n
Afterwards I sign each belt with my logo and/or signature to verify its authenticity

1526375_774180669263242_1273831598_n

Complete Belt

After the leather strap is completed, the plates will then be attached and a backing of choice will be applied to the rear of the strap to cover the bolts. A edge coating will seal the backing and the strap together and the belt will now be complete.

The completed belt. After a lot of hard work the customers vision has finally come to life!
The completed belt. After a lot of hard work the customers vision has finally come to life!

5 thoughts on “How a Belt is Made

  • February 28, 2014 at 7:14 pm
    Permalink

    will you ever do a video of you creating the belt eg the acid engraved on the plates

    • April 30, 2014 at 10:57 am
      Permalink

      We are keen to speak with you on thge matter of ordering a number of specially designed champuionship belts for our company’s events.
      Please let us have a contact number to speak with you on this matter.
      Many Thanks
      Brian Dixon

  • March 11, 2014 at 9:22 pm
    Permalink

    How much do your belts cost? Would you do a belt other than traditional wrestling style? For example I’m a firefighter/emt. Would you be able to do a belt incorporating those things? Just curious

Comments are closed.