When the garments wore out or passed out of style, frugal housewives saved the buckles for reuse. Made from abalone, wood, metal, or Bakelite, they still abound -- if not in your sewing box, then certainly at flea markets. And now that buckles are less in demand as smart dressmaker details, they are free, with slight modification, to take on a new role as miniature picture frames. Gather these curios on a bureau, or display them as refrigerator magnets, as pendants, and as a photo collage held in a line with a large ribbin as a backer.
Photo or photocopy of image
Dremel rotary tool
#409 cutoff wheel
#932 grinding stone
Archival double-sided tape or glue
Adhesive magnetic sheeting
1. Use buckle that has a sizable opening, and choose a graphically bold image, such as a close-up portrait. Make a photocopy of the photo, reducing it to fit, if necessary.