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Custom 89/Beatty Belt Tutorial


OK, here is my accurate 89/Beatty belt buckle tutorial. If you are serious about home-making a belt for cheap, pay attention!

Materials

1. Rubber wall bases (strips of rubber that you can find in the flooring section of a hardware store. The color white is thinner than the black and brown for some reason, so get the thicker one). This is for the exterior "armory" of the belt, including the buckle

2. Some kind of strap that can fit around your waist, preferably with a plastic buckle. I cut mine off of my backpack, as it was nylon and the correct size that I needed. You can probably buy a bare nylon belt from a military surplus store, or just buy a regular belt.

3. 12 fine-point Sharpie markers. (You have to be 18 to buy these folks!)

4. 6 plain rubber coated (grip) ball point pens. Mine were the Papermate flex-grip.

5. Scissors and an Exacto knife.

6. Yellow or Gold spray paint, depending on your taste. You can use any color you want, actually.

7. Steel clip off of a tire gauge.


Procedure

Okay, first measure your waist size with your suit on, if possible. There are 7 links on the belt, and 6 (1/2") spaces between each. So, you are going to have to do some math here.

Take the length of your waist-size belt/strap(not including the actual buckle) and subtract 3 (6 X .5 for the spaces). Now divide this length by 7, for the links. This is the length for each strip of wall base, and each should have a width of 2 inches.

(the base is on the left)
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To make the design of the movie belt, you should first use a plain base layer, then a second on top, using one thick (wide strip) in the middle, and 2 thin strips at the top and bottom. Be sure to leave a crack of space between. (Refer to a reference photo of the belt, I will post one later, or if someone else could do it for me that would be great!)

I used a Hot Wheels car track (you can use this if you have one, or if they still make them) instead of the wall base, so I didn't have to do this. The base will be better though, if done correctly. I will make an example and add it to this post soon, sorry.

Anyway, glue these pieces 1/2" apart from each other onto the belt. Be sure to spray paint them first, and use at least 3 even coats.

This is what it should look like (just without the capsules).

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This is the track that I used.

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To Make the Capsules

The sharpie markers will serve as the caps for the capsule, and the pen will be inside to hold them together. Each capsule should be 4" tall. There are three parts to the capsule, so each should be [sign in to see URL]".

For the caps, cut [sign in to see URL]" of of the bottom of two sharpie markers. For the actual body of the capsule, cut [sign in to see URL]" off of the sharpie body, starting from where you made the first cut.

For the inside (the part that holds the three pieces together) cut your ball point pen. For the clip, get the steel tire gauge clip, and you will have to use a pair of pliers to open the shape to the correct size of the capsule cap. Spray paint the sharpie marker pieces. (You should have 18 pieces.)

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HERE ARE SOME CHANGES:

The belt strips are actually 1.5" wide instead of 2". The capsules are actually 3" tall instead of 4" (this makes each segment 1"). And the pen name is Papermate Flexgrip Ultra- which is cut to 2" to go inside of the sharpie pieces. I will post the exterior buckle procedure later.

PART 2 is on page 2 of this post, to save space and to help with those with slower connections.

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Is that track from a Hot Wheels set? That is cool!

There is a belt you can get from Wally World for about $4 that has the webbing and clips on it that would work great for that!

Great tip!

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Oh man, that's wicked! Great ideas there!

Keep it up. The belt looks really good! :up

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I condensed the two parts together, check it out.

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VERY SWEET SO FAR!!!! I can't wait to see the buckle [sign in to see URL] job...
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!thanks dude!!!!

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[sign in to see URL] innovative! I couldn't imagine coming up with such materials and putting it together like that.

That really turned out to be a nice belt. Great job! :up

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That is sheer genius!!!

I actually picked up some of the rubber floor stripping a while ago for a JL style utility belt but didn't get any farther with it than that. Now I know how to finish it!

And buy the way the nylon webbing can be purchased cheap at Joann's fabrics or outdoor outfitters. Both also sell the buckles and clips.

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Amazing [sign in to see URL] amazing!!! This is exactly the typ of thing that I love to see shared here, and is perfect for the archives section for future reference.

Keep up the great work bro. It's fantastic to see a new member that contributes something like this so quickly. My hat's off to you man. emoticon

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Necessity is the mother of Invention. That is some very clever work!

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Very Cool!...[sign in to see URL] communist country do you live in where you need ID to buy sharpies?
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Very nice tutorial! I'm always on the lookout for stuff like this. When I'm out and about, I'm always looking at stuff and thinking: "That would make a great______." What you've done here is very innovative and simple to do. Great work!

As for the ID for buying Sharpies... I think it depends on the state you live in, or even which store you buy them in. I know that I have to show ID to buy Plasti-Dip at Lowes, but they never ask when I get it at NAPA. I don't know if its because of store policy or if the guys at NAPA think I look my age emoticon. I guess because some brain-damaged folks out there use these things to get high, we all have to pay the price to some degree.
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GREAT IDEA!:up

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Part 2 - The Buckle

Okay, mainly what you're going to be doing here is using the wall base rubber strips, cutting them into designs, and glueing down in layers. I forgot to mention that this stuff is very useful, as it can be used to make rubber boot spats, glove shield armor, batarangs, and chest emblems(instead of resin). The key here is layering.

These are the parts of the links that I did not use (b/c I used hot wheels track). Just attach the right layer on top of the left, and spray paint.

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For the buckle, I just printed out an image on my computer four times, then cut out the different layer segments. Just put this guide into word, and size it up correctly.

The buckle should be taller than the link segments, but shorter than the capsules (and should at least cover the buckle clip!)
I'm sorry I didn't cut this out step by step in rubber, but I don't have the time.

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The buckle consists of four layers. For the first layer, you must use the BACK side of the rubber, because the back has pre-molded ridges in it. Just make sure they are vertical. After that, use the front. You can cut the rubber with scissors, then refine the shapes with the X-Acto.

To create the slit down the middle, cut a little spacing slit in the first layer and border of the second layer as shown, so that the following layers will hide the area that does not have a slit. This is just to keep the bottom layer as one piece, opposed to splitting it in two, which could be done if you wanted an extremely accurate belt.

You will notice that I did not include those little pill-shaped segments, because they are frustrating, and will go unnoticed [sign in to see URL] the layers together and spray paint or Plasti-dip yellow.
 
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In this final image, pay attention to the black strap holding togther the grey nylon. This is an elastic strap from a knee pad. I did this so that the belt can adjust in size, instead of being one exact length. Good luck with the belt! I can post a spat tutorial if anyone wants it, but it is extremely easy.

FIN

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Good Tutorial!! :up


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Nice finishing bit on the tutorial [sign in to see URL] we had a star rating system I'd give you 5 for this. Just great work bro!

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I have edited this post many times, and am sending this reply to verify its completion

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You are one incredibly talented individual [sign in to see URL] is one AMAZING tutorial!!!...Keep up the great work!!! emoticon :up

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