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1  New Style with Larger Stamps in Completed Projects by craftymofo on: May 31, 2009 07:22:44 PM
I have larger letters and thought I'd see what they look like.
I actually think they turned out quite well.

Made these and took them right to the store. 

Has anyone found one yet  Wink
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2  Credit Crunch Bracelet - Hot Fresh Tute and Pix 4 Days. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by craftymofo on: May 29, 2009 08:17:44 PM
Eleven jump rings -  $1.00
One lobster claw clasp - $2.00
Knowing you'll never spend money on your maxed out credit cards again - Priceless.

I can't believe I found creative inspiration from the recession, the credit crunch for you royal subjects, but I did and here's the result.  The Credit Crunch Bracelet is a great way to take your credit cards out of rotation, at least for a while.   

It's a perfect project for creating a great conversation piece out of old credit cards and perhaps impress the financial goddess that is Suze Orman. 

Sure, there are a few things that I already had to finish this project.  Namely the disc cutter.  I used the largest hole to make the punches, but you can mix it up and add different sizes through out your own bracelet. 

And of course I have had way too many credit cards, as well.  I only used two cards (for a total of 10 discs), but someone might make a necklace version and use several more.   You might also want to use several cards for a variety of designs and patterns. 

Here's the disc cutter.  (It obviously works on plastic, but also thin metals, I'm tackling aluminum cans next)

(yes it's rusty, but like wrinkles, rust just means it's had an interesting life.)

You could also just use a pair of sharp industrial scissors and cut out of your shapes?

There are a couple different disc cutters out there, but I got my disc cutter here:

I also had hole punches

(I have two versions, but I like the hand held one (blue) because you can see what you are punching)

See what I mean..., wait I don't want to get a head of myself. 

First, punch or cut your pieces.  It's best to work on a hard surfaces, like a cement floor.

If you are hand cutting your cards a) be careful and b) trace your design first.

If you are using a disc cutter, stick the card between the slit and place the punch peg in the hole.  Next, hammer the punch peg to make the disc.  Think happy thoughts like - NO MORE FINANCE CHARGES FROM YOU!

Make sure it's a firm strike, don't be weak about it, you want clean sides to your punched piece.

Here it is...(take that Visa you evil bastard)

Continue until you have enough discs (don't forget matching earrings -  Wink)

Now punch your holes.  You saw the hand held version first, here's the second technique. 

Open your jump rings and begin to make the attachments, if the rings are thin enough you can use your fingers or grab a pair of pliers.  Create the connections between each disc.

Use another pair of pliers to finish the connection.

My father always said credit cards were evil, but I think this bracelet looks rather nice don't you?

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3  Re: My 2 Cents...now with mini-tute/new versions added in Completed Projects by craftymofo on: May 28, 2009 10:35:03 AM
"crate ching!"  (noise of moving metal containers?)

You have some wonderful ideas on the codes.

Here are the two versions.
I've probably already answered my own question on which one I like better, but I thought I would put it to a vote.

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4  Re: My 2 Cents...now with mini-tute in Completed Projects by craftymofo on: May 26, 2009 01:27:54 PM
New pennies.
Getting ready to "release" the first batch.

I think I'm keeping End Hate as ND H8.
I like that it's coded

I also changed =AT to =IT, with no Y.
Made more sense that way.

Any request for phrases?

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5  Re: My 2 Cents...now with mini tute. in Completed Projects by craftymofo on: May 26, 2009 10:59:47 AM
Well, given what just happened in California...

It's time for a tute.

So, these pix were taken for another project, but they show you how to stamp metal.

Just close your eyes and replace the silver with a penny.

On second thought, keep your eyes open - no hammered fingers please.

Get your steel stamps.

These are the ones I use.

I got them here:

You can also use these kind (in the plastic container, but I find the plastic breaks and you're stuck with a messy steel pile of stamps.  Plus the plastic container version is around $20 and the wooden container version is just $20 more.  If you're on a budge, the plastic version will work just as well!

Here you can see that I have marked the metal with a Sharpie marker.  It's helpful if you are learning how to stamp, as you have a guide where you will stamp your letter.  But then you have to clean it off.  Trust me if comes off, but if you are in a hurry, I might omit the step. 

To stamp your message, place the penny on bench block, which has been placed on a solid surface.  You can skip this step and stamp on a level cement floor (which is what I do). 

Place the metal stamp flush with the surface of the penny and use a quick, firm strike with a claw hammer to create the impression.  I think you have more control over the hammer if you are gripping high on the neck.  Soft strikes result in faint letters and do-overs are always difficult.  Before you strike the stamp, check and double-check the placement. 

Notice how I hold the metal stamp.  It's really crucial to have a nice grip on the stamp, as you want to "feel" that it is connecting to the metal.

As you stamp the penny, it might begin to curl up, use the rawhide mallet to flatten the metal without marking it.  Simply tap the metal while its still on the bench block to flatten the surface.  You can skip this step altogether and just use the claw hammer, as any markings to the penny might add more character. 

Now, go forth and stamp!
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6  Re: My 2 Cents... in Completed Projects by craftymofo on: May 25, 2009 10:23:05 AM
I worked on some new ones this morning.

When I stamp I'm normally take the "sporadic placement" approach, but I like the boxier look of the new message.

I guess I want everything to be a little more tight.

I need to work on the = A.T. msg.

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7  Re: My 2 Cents... in Completed Projects by craftymofo on: May 24, 2009 06:07:13 PM
New one.
I'm having too much fun with this.
Need more sayings.

I like the juxtaposition of LIBERTY and the call for action. 
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8  My 2 Cents...now with mini-tute/new pix added. in Completed Projects by craftymofo on: May 24, 2009 02:06:16 PM
Or perhaps a penny for your thoughts.

I was feeling quite subversive today and think stamped copper pennies are the new graffiti.

Take a look for yourself.

Could not find the "right" category for these. 

Are they are an artistic statement?
Am I reusing pennies to send a message to the world?
Who knows, but I'm really excited to get them into circulation.

There's so many things I could see myself doing with these.

I'm really curious what your 2 cents might be, especially if you have a metal stamp set!

They remind me of custom license plates, because there's not alot of room for the letters. 

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9  Re: Unfertilized Eggs on Board Sign in Completed Projects by craftymofo on: December 01, 2008 05:51:14 PM

As promised.

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10  Re: Unfertilized Eggs on Board Sign in Completed Projects by craftymofo on: November 30, 2008 06:32:24 PM
I think this is hilarious!  So very tongue-in-cheek  Wink
I don't understand why people get SO offended by Baby-on-Board signs.  A former co-worker of mine who also has no childen was very offended by these signs.  I just don't get it.

I couldn't agree with you more, however living in California, I've seen drivers with these signs and kids board driving like complete AYEholes.

I was inspired to make the other one I mentioned.  Low sperm count on the way!

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