So it’s Christmas again, and anyone with a large extended family knows it can be quite expensive come gift time. We use the Secret Santa process where you buy for single family member using a set budget. The only problem with this is I still can’t shake the urge to do something slightly over the top. Living in a small secluded northern town can make this tricky. Sure you can order online, eBay is one of my best used services, but this involves some advanced planning, something our family is not the best at. Usually the secret Santa list is set out early, but I tend to forget about it until its too late to order something in on time. This year I picked my brother in law to buy for, and I couldn’t figure out what to get him. He was hinting at a hydrometer, but the weather up here wasn’t permitting me to drive to the next town to get one. Time was running out and I still had no inspiration…
Prologue: In early December a friend of mine Oliver James Brown who runs a tattoo shop (Divine Ink) had his foot pedal beginning to die, (it runs his tattoo gun). I was over getting an arm sleeve started and we talked of my various instructable builds. He asked me if I could machine him a new foot pedal and I thought why not. He said it didn’t have to be special, but I thought why not do something interesting with it. I suggested etching the metal with acids and asked him for a couple of his logos to use. Within a short amount of time it was finished and It turned out awesome with a nice deep etch. One day I will write the instructable for it as well. The photos below show the etched portion of the switch, basically the top portion of the pedal.
A week before Christmas I was sorting out some of my photos on the computer and found the ones I had taken of the switch and that’s when I realized I could etch him a family portrait into metal. I would use a photo snagged from facebook featuring his wife Nicole who kindly helped model my Apron of Holding a while back, in addition to his daughter Mia and son Asher. This would be something that would literally last forever, and with the etch being nice and deep he could use it with his small children as a rubbing plate as well.
This instructable uses dangerous power tools and evil chemicals.
you have been warned, if you’re not careful you could be
- Burned by Acid or Hot metal
- And my personal favorite – gassed. Nothing quite like the sensation of feeling your lungs wither in your chest!
Scary enough? Good, this will keep you safe. As long as you’re careful and take precautions everything will be fine. But… if you are the sort of person who likes to play it ultra safe, this may not be the thing for you, maybe you should stick to macaroni art. “inside joke for certain readers”
Lastly, I will be entering this instructable here on on the instructable site in several contests, one being the Christmas contest of course, this being a Christmas present and all, but I am also entering this in the ShopBot Challenge in an attempt to win the CNC router they have up as their No.1 Prize. That would be awesome for everything I build, for building lay-outs to 3D relief patterns and artwork. I would be a very busy body indeed. Either way, if voting makes you feel uncomfortable please rate me, it lets me know how I'm doing. Or, please feel to ask a question or leave a comment.