Sheet aluminum about 14 gauge
Double stick foam Scotch Mounting Squares
White paper (one sheet)
Aerosol clear coat in a can
Draftsman's compass with inking pen and fountain pen ink (or India ink)
Drill and bit
Vise with soft jaws
I chose to make my fish emblem from sheet aluminum
because its color will not change much with age and weathering. The other significant material is some Scotch Mounting Squares
or Tape. It will be used to attach the emblem to the car.
The tools are a drill
to make openings for cutting internal parts with a coping saw
and a file. A draftsman's compass
will be used in the pattern layout. An Exacto knife
will be used to trim away non-essentials from the pattern so it can be transferred to the aluminum. A pocket knife
is useful for trimming away excess material on the aluminum. Some sandpaper or emery cloth
is good for smoothing edges in tight places.
The aluminum measures 0.062 inch thick, or about 14 gauge. It is from the front shroud on a household furnace. I found it at a local scrapyard. Another option would have been to make the emblem from steel rod bent and welded together. Then I could have applied braze material to provide finish like brass. But, an emblem made of steel would also be heavier and more difficult to keep on the car without falling off.
The blade on the coping saw is a very ordinary blade. A quick test showed it will cut my aluminum very well. I will hold the aluminum in a vise while working.