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« on: April 06, 2013 12:09:17 PM »

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???    Huh

Wait...might there be a craft fair potential surrounding this slang???  Shocked

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.    Wink

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!  Smiley

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.   Grin
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2013 06:15:30 PM »

Would really be awesome to have the hands as well. I guess people are afraid to comment because of the title, but I like it. I hope you sell them.

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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2013 02:05:50 PM »

This project is hilarious!  Totally going on my stocking stuffer list this year Smiley 

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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2013 05:52:40 PM »

Oh my gosh!! This is hilarious. I could find a use for at least a few of these a day Smiley.

« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2013 07:05:01 AM »

Phew...I tried to delete my entry after I submitted to the challenge (no luck) and am glad I wasn't banned for being inappropriate (which wasn't my intent).

Thanks for finding a kind word and a smile to share!
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2013 05:32:52 AM »

It's awesome!
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2013 08:44:45 AM »

funny and cool!  Don't under price yourself though.  I think you should definitely charge more money.  Think of your time as well as the materials!

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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2013 09:56:48 AM »

Love this project...thanks for sharing how you made a product that sells for way more money than I could afford as a "joke"....

Now to scrounge the toy boxes for small unused balls... Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2013 10:29:47 PM »

it's a good way to look at things. how can i make it cheaper and have what i want! Great thinking!

« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2013 08:35:07 PM »

You made me giggle  Grin over this one!  Love the idea.
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