Old-school metal buckle dog collars

dog collars made from upcycled silk ties and clothing

It’s been a lot of fun creating these new dog collars! When I set out to make collars, I knew that a traditional metal buckle would be part of the plan. The typical plastic snap buckles have their place and purpose, but I was getting tired of how much they hurt my fingers to use and how they get caught in Pipsqueak’s flowing mane.

A pink paisley collar made from an upcycled silk tie

The metal buckles are classic and old-school, which I love. They’re also a more classic shape, as opposed to a more contemporary, sharp-cornered buckle.

This collar design features upcycled materials reclaimed from silk ties, heavy cotton trousers, and button-down shirts. It’s a kick to repurpose these materials and give them new life. And they’re sturdy and substantial while being soft and flexible around your dog’s neck.

There are two sizes available:

  • Small: 5/8 inch wide, circumference of 10-11-12 inches
  • Medium: 3/4 inch wide, circumference of 13-14-15 inches

I could also make a 1 inch wide version (for a dog that needs a 16, 17, or 18 inch length) but that is one heavy buckle! So it’s something I’ll do as a special order for now.

Visit my Etsy shop if you’d like to get one for the special little dog in your life.