The Making of a Belt

How It’s Done!

Here at PMB 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.)

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

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

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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.

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

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The leather is all hand tooled, and takes hours to complete.
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Afterwards I sign each belt with my signature to verify its authenticity

 

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!

7 thoughts on “The Making of a Belt

  • February 11, 2017 at 5:19 pm
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    I would like to get my UFC belt re-leathered. And I would also like to know that how much it costs

  • April 5, 2017 at 9:18 am
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    Looking for two belts ?

    I have the proto type pics but can’t send them.

  • June 22, 2017 at 11:04 pm
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    I’m looking to make two belts for me and my future wife to come out with when we get announced at the wedding as a married couple.
    Wondering the lead time and costs of doing this?

    • June 23, 2017 at 3:21 pm
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      Not sure Paul makes custom belts any longer – but worth dropping him a mail using the contact form on the website or emailing [email protected]

  • August 15, 2018 at 3:12 am
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    Seeing this Rock people’s champ belt just gave me a really great idea for a “Hard Times” championship with a dome in the center plate , kind of reminiscent of the one on NWA “Worlds” Heavyweight title with a photo of the American Dream Dusty Rhodes during his famous Hard Times promo on the dome with his hand reaching out, Croc skin strap front to back, with the similarly shed Style of the 94 – 01 like the ECW World title but with a extra long strap, kind of like Andre the Giant’s world title, and maybe some Dusty Rhodes quotes on the side plates

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