MS Crafts FAQ'S
Q. Does MS Crafts accept any payment other than PayPal?
A. MS Crafts uses PayPal because it's a secure and FREE. When you purchase through PayPal the transaction cost the buyer nothing. MS Crafts pays that bill. PayPal keeps cost down. It's easy, just sign-up at http://www.paypal.com.
MS Crafts can accept Visa and Mastercard through PayPal only.
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Q. Does MS Crafts ship International
A. MS Crafts can ship overseas to certain countries. Certain Restrictions Apply. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Q. What's the best way to keep the brass looking shiny and new?
A. MS Crafts has tried a variety of products and has found Brasso to work the best.align=left>Q. Does MS Crafts make custom belt buckles?
A. MS Crafts can make your custom belt buckle. Price is based on time and material. Follow the link below for an example
MS Crafts Custom Belt buckles
Q. Why Stainless Steel?
A. Stainless Steel makes an excellent belt buckle because of the unique properties of Stainless Steel itself. Chromium (Cr) and Nickel (Ni) are added to Stainless Steel to give it corrosion and oxidation resistance. It is these additives that make a Stainless Steel belt buckle very durable and able to produce the bright, lustrous finish that Stainless Steel is known for. Stainless Steel is a hard, tough material, very scratch resistant and can be rebuffed to look like new. Try that with some belt buckles and you'll be buying a new one because buffing produces alot of heat and most belt buckle material just can't take that. MS Crafts uses only 316/317 grade Stainless Steel.
Q. How do I know if a belt buckle is 316 Stainless Steel?
A. The easiest way is a magnetic test. Get yourself a magnet. If the magnet sticks, its not 316/317 Stainless. If its slightly magnetic, its probably 304 Stainless Steel. The more magnetism you encounter, the lesser the grade of Stainless Steel. Always test the front of the belt buckle because when you weld Stainless Steel the welded area becomes slightly magnetic. Sound confusing? This has to do with the "Delta Ferrite" and can get a little complicated, but I will explain it as it was explained to me. In welding, the welding community found out a long time ago that if the filler metal is formulated to get completely austenitic structure (high Ni content), the welds are prone to "Hot Cracking". That means you will get micro cracks in the weld, right after completion of the weld. So, to avoid this problem, the filler metals are formulated (higher Cr and somewhat lower Ni) to give a weld metal containing approximately 5% of "Delta Ferrite". This clearly eliminates the possibility of "Hot Cracking" in the weld. However, this "Delta Ferrite" is magnetic. So, you get slight magnetization in the weld, but this degree of magnetism is nowhere near what you would find with carbon steel.
Q. What equipment do you use to make a buckle?
A. Just follow the link to check out the shop. Click Here
Q. Who actually makes these belt buckles?
A. Yours truely. I first seen this style belt buckle in the middle 70's when I started as a pipefitter/welder. I've always thought they were unique and decided to build a shop and offer them to you. I have over 30 years working with Stainless Steel and other metals and have current pipe welding certifications in the SMAW and TIG welding process for Stainless and Carbon Steel.
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