Tips on designing custom belt buckles include determining the buckle type to suit your personality, selecting the metal and stones to represent that personality, deciding if the buckle should have any engravings, and creating a design to suit your existing wardrobe. If hiring someone else to create the buckle based on this design, be prepared to pay upwards of thousands of dollars, depending on the materials used and hours spent designing it.
First, determine the type of buckle that best represents your personality. The larger trophy buckle is the one most commonly associated with both the state of Texas and the idea of cowboys. However, you may prefer the horseshoe-style buckle known as The Ranger instead. If choosing the Ranger, determine if you want the larger 1-inch width or the smaller and dressier 3/4-inch width.
Next, choose the materials and overall design of the buckle. Typical materials include bronze, steel, silver, or a variety of golden shades. Typical designs include things like the Texas star or a Longhorn in which the horns are made of a different metal than the rest of it.
Afterwards, determine whether you need to further embellish the design through specialized jewels or custom engravings, though such additions may increase the cost of the buckle.