Step 8: Another Likes Basketball

Materials: 2 pennies pre-1983. Paper clips for embossing.

I made these basket balls by embossing pennies with paperclips. The paper clips were shaped to match the curves of a basket ball and them hammered onto the pennies. The relief lines are filled with paint pen.
<p>I like that Cufflinks</p>
<p>ultimate </p>
<p>you are gifted....awesome</p>
<p>These are really great! Makes me wish I knew more people who'd wear them.</p>
These are freaking awesome mate! Kudos to you
<p>I'm just starting my project now. Unfortunately I don't have any soldering equipment lying around. I used gorilla super glue instead to hold the two pieces together. Haven't used any of my metal skills since high school-not gonna risk my fingers re-learning that skill set. I'm using shrink dink sheets to make my designs. Hopefully when I get them done I can post a picture of it. </p><p>Wish me luck!</p>
Make sure you post pictures. I can't wait to see what you make.
<p>I also want to make beer bottles. Did you use a regular bolt? What did you polish it with? </p>
<p>Wow these look awesome! Great job! Very ingenious and impressive!</p><p>I was thinking of making links for my brothers birthday. I wanted to make simple circles or squares with a picture in it. I'll use photo paper, and glue it on, then put a frame. But is there a way to gloss the top?</p>
<p>What size of rivets did you use? I've got a few left over from another craft I did. I was thinking of making a pair of cufflinks for my brother in law's birthday</p>
I think they were 3/8&quot;. They have to be able to slip through the button hole.
<p>They look beautiful! Amazing work.</p>
I never knew what one could do with coins! This was truly inspirational. Just one question; how does someone like a certain brand of water so much that they earn specific cuff links for it?
Are those for sale
<p>Just curious, but what is the diameter of the rivets you used? I found some in very large batches, but I only have a few French Cuffs shirts. I want to make some that are universal for the brothers in my Lodge.</p>
I bought mine individually at Ace Hardware. I think they were 1/2&quot;. Great idea to make them for your Lodge Brothers.
all of them are so cool!!! any ideas for a fire fighter?
What type of solder are you using? I've never seen anyone solder &quot;black iron&quot; before. I've soldered galvanized using muriac acid as a flux. The acid mixes with the zinc to create a perfect agent to bond the solder, but I've never seen it done with bare steel yet other than actual brazing or welding. I'm also not real clear on how the backs work.
It's lead free silver solder. It's in the plumbing section at any home improvement store. I've used it to solder copper, brass, zinc, steel, nickel, and bronze.
This is genius - if you're not already doing so, you have a brilliant future ahead in men's jewelry! Gorgeous stuff.
I don't think I've felt the need to comment on any other instructable before but I loved yours so much! The amount of detail and just how perfect the cufflinks look. And I admire all of the materials that you used - like the copper pennies for the basketballs. So great!
Thanks! Comments like yours male all the effort worth while. Glad you like them.
WOW, unbelievable! <br>I just learned to solder electronics (little circuit board) from my boyfriend, is that similar to soldering the rivets? If I want to make these as a surprise for him I can't ask for help on that part :)
Maybe I have to ask my question differently :) Could I use a 'normal' soldering iron to do this or do I need to buy the fire-breething kind I see in your pictures :D <br>
A fire torch is the best way to do it. A soldering iron would be very difficult if not impossible. <br>
Thanks! Maybe we'll have to buy new tools then, oh no! ;)
Thank you!
You, sir, are an artist.
How did you curve and polish the penny
That instructable is here<br>https://www.instructables.com/id/Basket-Ball-Tie-Tack/
the zinc pennies are annoying ...but they come in handy for pouring cufflinks.I might make an instructable for that.Your instructables are very inspiring!
Hey! Thanks a lot!
i must say awesome work! how ever i really wanted to see the spiderman cufflink work in the group picture ;)
This is absolutely brilliant - what ideas! What creativity! What talent! Love your designs, and the professional quality you've finished them to, out of such humble sources.
Expert use of a penny. Never would've thought of that.
This is really cool, i might try doing the xbox controller one (mainly because of my limited resources) :)
You are a genius!
Many thanks for posting not just this but all your other tutorials too. Your video on soldering was also very excellent. <br><br>Here is a picture of some colt 45 cufflinks I made inspired by your tutorials. A couple of problems I came across when doing this were the following. <br><br>The first was ensuring the shells were cut down to the same depth, I was wondering how you you ensured that you cut the exact same size each time ? <br><br>The second one was with the soldering, I seems to have developed some red spots on the underside of the shell, would this be a sign of hitting the brass too much ?<br><br>Regards<br><br>Chance<br>
Those look slick! Great job. Cutting shells equally is a game of measuring and comparing. It takes practice to train you eye to see the same thing twice when your cutting two shells (if that makes sense). But don't think that each shell I cut works out as planned. I've ruined plenty. And as far as those pink spots that's oxidized brass. Use a little less heat. You can buff that right off. Thanks for posting a picture. I feel like if I were to zoom out a little I&quot;d see Doc Holiday twirling his other revolver.
You my friend, are amazing.<br>You are my favorite author by a mile on instructables.<br>I love what you do, just keep on posting, I suscribed.<br>You are the best!
I don't really understand the rivet pictures. <br>The rivet is permanently closed, isn't it?
The rivet would normally be placed through a hole and mushroomed out to secure it in. These rivets are left as they are out of the box.
Here are the cufflinks that I made using a similar method to your water bottles. They were a gift for a friend in memory of his recently departed bachelorhood (a.k.a. marriage).<br><br>I did purchase backings, since my several attempts at using industrial rivets did not come out as nicely as your backings with clothing rivets.<br><br>Thanks for the inspiration!
You did an awesome job! Your bottle detail is great. I bet they we're a hit! Thanks for posting a photo.
Picture of me modeling the robot cufflinks you made are attached! I wore these during a presentation on community to Autodesk's CEO to illustrate just how special our community is.
This is great! What an honor. I'm glad they were of use to you. Thanks for taking the time to post this.
ok, why pre 83 pennies?
Those are solid copper while pennies made after are zinc coated with copper.
you're a freakin genius dude. I looked at that bottle and wondered how the heck you did it. When I saw I never would have guessed. I am a big collector of cuff links and I am single hand-idly trying to bring them back into fashion. You're designs are some of the best i've seen.

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