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This is a great gift to make for somebody or just to have for yourself!
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

This project is actually quite simple and you will need only a few things:

-A nickle
-Needle nosed pliers
-bench grinder
-Sand paper
-File (optional)
-Polish (car polish works well)
-Necklace cord
-Needles or pins
-Sharpie, paint pen, or paint

Maybe a little more than a few things...

Step 2: Hammering Out the Pick

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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

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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

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     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.
So excited to try this :)
jacobdlyon1 year ago
I really enjoyed making this! Only problem I had was sharpie didn't work and when I used acrylic paint, it fell off in 3 days. Still liked it! Thanks
btenriqwez1 year ago
what if i dont have bench grinder and i cant saw it -.- can i use a file?? :/
Emsaid (author)  btenriqwez1 year ago
Yes you can file it, though it will just take longer. It would be best if you could at least cut it out with a saw but its not totally necessary. Just find a file and start filing away!
Please reply, i want to do this lol
Please reply, i want to do this lol
kee1123 years ago
KCTris953 years ago
I'm literally sitting here with my mouth wide open, repeatedly saying "It's so cuuuute!"

Awesome tutorial! I can't wait to try this out!
petalee3 years ago
this is a really cool project. I made something like this in RM (resistant materials-at school) but I used enamel and copper for the base/metal and did the peace sign/symbol instead. I'd like to try this sometime. :)
WhiteTech3 years ago
By far one of the coolest things I've seen. Looks like I have tomorrows project!

Do you think a Canadian nickle should work the same? I don't see why not, Im just worried about it being to soft or hard...
Emsaid (author)  WhiteTech3 years ago
it should work, you could actually use any coin, I used a nickle so it would be silver.
I tried hammering a Canadian nickle, good 15 mins and it's about half done. The mix of metals might be a harder alloy. I'll scrounge around for an American one.

But so far the result of the hammering is producing a much shinier result then your hammered piece before polishing. It'll be interesting once I do polish it.
Emsaid (author)  WhiteTech3 years ago
you are probably right, here is what I found on wiki answers:

...It depends on the date:

nickel-plated steel : 2000-present
75% copper, 25% nickel : 1982-1999; some until 2006
99.9% nickel : 1922-1942, 1946-1951, 1955-1981
chrome-plated steel : 1944-1945, 1951-1954
88% copper, 12% zinc ("tombac") 1942-1943

so your best bet is to find one that was made before 2000
Yea, I used a 2002... I hammered it some more but couldn't get it to spread out enough for a pick, Ill just make it into a heart or something. Super shiny though. Thanks! Great Info!
ElvenChild3 years ago
Reminded of "Midnight Sun" right now...

Anyway earlier to day I was just reading about a guitar pick necklace... weird...
Mrballeng3 years ago
This is awesome!
c-face3 years ago
I like it! I might have to make that for my hunny!
monsterlego3 years ago
I pick you pekachu!!
Quick-tune3 years ago
I like! good one - well done.
OH. it is hard for me.