I found a cog buried in the ground beneath my garage when I was about 17. I always wanted to do something with it, but it was so rusty and dirty that it got left for years. Until...
Date Made: July 2012
Approx Cost: £7.50
Approx Time: 1 hour (not including getting it acid dipped)
Step 1: Clean Cog
You can do this with some elbow grease or you can get it media blasted. I got this done at the same time as a load of other stuff (see my V8 table Instructable), but it didnt come out great because it was so rusty.
I decided to get it acid dipped instead. This made it pitted but clean!
Step 2: Prime Cog
I just bought some paint cans from halfords and got to work! Usual Paint techniques apply!
Step 3: Paint Cog
I couldnt decide what colour to do it: black, grey or silver.
A friend suggested satin black, so I went with that and it was a good choice.
Usual Paint techniques apply!
Step 4: Protect Your Surfaces
Felt the underside to stop it scratching any surfaces.
I just went to a hobby store and bought a sheet of sticky back felt.
It was as simple as cutting it out and sticking it to the bottom.
Step 5: Relax
Enjoy your ornament!
You can use it as an ashtray, or as a coin holder; what ever you like!