Display strap with 11 steel jingle bells

This strap features 11 vintage "jingle" bells. These inexpensive steel bells have little or no value on the collectibles market, but they have a deep sentimental value to the owner as a family keepsake.

The bells were very rusty and pitted. After a dip in rust remover, the bare metal had become a textured gray. I lacquered the bells to preserve this color, although it would be best to keep these bells indoors for the best protection against rusting.

The strap, about 30" long from top to bottom, is made of medium brown leather, 1 1/2" wide. The top ring is solid brass, but I darkened it to a soft gray to blend better with the bell color. I like the combination of gray metal and warm brown -- it's a handsome look.

This particular item is a custom, one-of-a-kind project made for a past client. Items in this Custom Projects section are for information only; they are not available for regular sale.

Price: For inspiration, not for sale