This is a great gift to make for somebody or just to have for yourself!
Step 1: Tools and Materials
This project is actually quite simple and you will need only a few things:
-Needle nosed pliers
-Polish (car polish works well)
-Needles or pins
-Sharpie, paint pen, or paint
Maybe a little more than a few things...
Step 2: Hammering Out the Pick
First, get the shape of a guitar pick, you can either print one off the internet or trace a pick you already have. Then hammer out your nickle until the pick fits on it. Once it fits, trace the shape onto the pick and cut it out. I used a bench grinder to cut it out but a saw works just as well.
Step 3: Sand and Drill
Once you have your pick cut out start sanding it down with either a file or sand paper, use a rougher grit for now. You can now drill the hole for the necklace, I drilled mine in the corner but its up to you where exactly you want the hole.
Step 4: Stamping the Letters
To stamp letters in your pick print out on a piece of paper what you want to say. I chose "I Pick You" however you can write whatever you want, maybe someones name or something else. I found that font size 16 Times New Roman worked for me, the bigger the font the easier it will be to stamp.
Now take your needles or pins and bend them with needle nosed pliers to make the letters, make sure they fit nicely and are the right size. It does not matter that much if they are a little off, just do your best!
Once the letters are complete take a piece of clear tape and lay it on the words, make sure all the letters stick then place the tape onto the pick.
Now use a hammer and hammer over the taped letters, this will stamp them into the pick. When you are done hammering peel the tape off and you should be left with the text you chose.
Step 5: Sand and Polish
Once you have finished stamping your text on sand the pick and round the edges a bit with some softer sand paper. After the pick starts looking uniform and smooth you can start polishing, I used some car polish and a paper towel. Dab some polish onto the pick and rub the paper towel on it and soon it should begin to shine! I gave mine a final buff with a soft tissue and it looked a lot better.
Step 6: Finishing Touches
To get the letters to really stand out draw over them with a sharpie or paint pen, then wipe off the excess with a paper towel. Now all you need to do is attach a jump ring and cord to the pick, you will have to experiment what works best, but 18 in. is about the average length for necklaces.