I recently learned there is a difference between an "f-bomb" and an "F-bomb", and in researching the slang I eventually landed at the site: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/f-bomb-paperweight
which suggested one could actually purchase an "f-bomb" for $45. Whaaaat???
Wait...might there be a craft fair potential surrounding this slang???
Anyhow a 2013 goal is to participate in my first craft fair (around Christmas) and I think this would make an ideal gift item for any hard to buy guy...or coworker...overstressed friend...or better yet, someone that just likes a good joke! Also, since another goal is to enter a monthly challenge each quarter, why not write up this tutorial.
If you want to make/modify/sell this item without asking for my permission, that's fine but it would be nice to know what you think I should charge at my first craft fair. (I'm thinking $2-3 since my materials are used/inexpensive and this is an easy project) Thanks for looking!
Step 1 - Scrounge up some materials
My prototype was based on using:
*a baseball (to resemble the base)
*some rope (to resemble the fuse)
*a large washer (to give it something to rest upon)
*balsa wood (to carve the letter "f")
*silver metallic acrylic paint (to give the appearance of an iron casing)
*patching plaster (to create texture surrounding the bomb)
*glue gun, scissors, exacto knife, emery board/sandpaper, paint brush
Step 2: Attach the fuse to the bomb
Using your glue gun, attach a 3" section of rope to your ball. Don't worry about how it looks because once painted it will resemble a rough weld.
Step 3: Texture the ball/bomb
Spread thin coat of patching plaster around the ball to create a bumpy texture
Step 4: Cut out the letter "f"
Cut out a letter "f" that extends about halfway up the fuse and smooth out the edges with an emory board/sandpaper
Step 5: Paint it up
Using a gluegun, glue a large washer to the bottom of the bomb and paint the bomb separately from the letter "f". Once the paint has dried, glue the letter "f" to the bomb. If interested, tone down the metallic paint by rubbing some black paint on the surface then wiping off the excess so just the texture is highlighted.
Step 6: Proudly display
Even if don't end up selling these, I love giving them to deserving friends and parking one in front of my grumpy cat.