Introduction: How I Mounted My Toenail

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After 15 years of faithful service, my right big toenail was damaged and ended up falling out (well... to tell you the truth I pulled it out). I couldnt just be content with throwing out the toenail, I had to do something with it. So I thought to myself, "what is a simple project I can do with a dead toenail which wont have everyone i know thinking i am some kind of sadistic maniac.
I decided that I wanted to mount it inside a clear plastic dome on a peice of wood with a comemorative plate on the front of it.

Video of me ripping the toenail out with tweezers... Surprisingly didnt hurt

Step 1: In the Beginning...

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Okay, my aim was to make this for nothing using stuff that anyone could make with stuff around their house and i did just that.

**What You Need**

- Item to mount (in my case, a toenail)
- Seethrough plastic salt / pepper shaker
- Scrap of coathanger wire (or any rigid but workable wire)
- Scrap of pine
- Scrap of aluminium (could be any metal really)

- Pliers
- Hammer
- Nails
- Superglue (gods gift to man!)
- Varnish / wood stain (optional but makes the wooden base look so much better)
- Chisel (to put the slope on the front of the pine scrap
- Tape
- Engraver

Once you have all of those together, we are ready to begin!

Pictured is the tools used to make the upper half of the mount, the base comes in a moment

Step 2: Prepping the Salt Shaker Dome

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Ok, well, all saltshakers, without exception have a little hole in the top of them but for this function, it is not needed and it stands the chance to left moisture in which could condense on the inside so seal the hole with superglue first.

Lay the shaker on its side to let the superglue dry otherwise it would probably drip.

Step 3: Now, the Toenail

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This step is pretty simple and probably doesnt need a whole lot of explanation. Basically, just bend the top of your wire over about 45 degrees to the perfect "display angle"

Then, superglue your display object to the wire.

Wait till the superglue is dry before proceeding to the next step.

Step 4: Mounting the Toenail to the Base

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Next bend the other end of the coathanger wire 90 degrees so that it will sit flat on the base of the salt shaker.

Then, use a bit of tape to hold the display object vertical before supergluing it into place.

When the glue is dry, you can put put the salt shaker lid over the base and you now have the dome enclosure. Now on to the base.

Step 5: The Wooden Base

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I got a little slack with pictures on this step so bear with me.
First, I got the scrap of pine I talked about earlier (it is just a 3 inch long scrap of builders 2x4).
Now, take the chisel (I used a cold chisel but I couldnt find a regular one) and form a 45 degree plane across the front and sand it flat.

Then use varnish or woodstain to give it a polished look.

While I was waiting for the varnish to dry, I got the old scrap of aluminium and engraved "-My Toenail - 1991 - 2007" on it.

I then nailed this plate onto the front plane of the wooden block.

Step 6: Getting It All Together.

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Now take the wooden base and simply glue the salt shaker in place

Step 7: All Done

And there you have it.
Please dont flame me about the toenail, I am not enouraging that you keep old toenail fragments but I was merely using the toenail as an example of how to mount small objects inside a clear plastic dome.

This technique has many other uses such as trophy making, An interesting photo frame alternative, maybe even a cluster of LEDs for an interesting light feature, or a vessel to hold cremated ashes in, anything as a matter of fact.

Step 8: The Finished Product and My Future Projects

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This was just a fun project done in a few minutes to showcase and glorify my old tonail which died when a 10 lb peice of 100 year old redwood fell on it during a building project.
That building project is one of the next instructables I will be posting, basically, the building project is to take an unused open concreted space under my house and to build in and make it inhabitable. It is a large scale project and has hit a financial wall at the moment but that project will be uploaded shortly.

Thankyou for reading and hopefully enjoying my first instructable :)


Captain_Zeta (author)2014-11-17


psyduck12345 (author)2013-11-13

why would u keepure toenail

tinpusher (author)2010-04-14

You could hang it (your toenail) up next to the moosehead!

PM me if you can name the television show my comment comes from.

Hunter O. (author)2009-12-04

I tried to eatch video but it said it had been deleted from the Metacafe thing.

a918bmxr (author)2009-07-22

question mark

korgoth25 (author)a918bmxr2009-07-30

what doesn't make sense about this?

PlayPatterns (author)2009-04-23

awesome! Did you grow a new one? I have a binder titled "Lint Rollers I have known and loved"

mynameisjonas (author)2009-01-03

................................. Sweet!

iLikeCoolStuf (author)2008-12-29


bigwhitebob (author)2008-10-27

I gonna go out on a limb here but I'm guessing your single? Great Idea

junits15 (author)2008-10-27

dude thats discusting

mage (author)2008-10-22


maharg20 (author)2008-10-21


alexhalford (author)2008-09-26

Good job... Now post an instructable that details WHY you mounted you toenail...

MACKattacksnipe (author)2008-07-09

discus sting

icedog515 (author)2008-02-17

dude thats messed up but awsome. wouldnt it like, SERIOUSLY hurt if sum1 stepped on ur toe? oooooh my...(shivers)

Patrik (author)2008-01-09

Ooh - I think this does call for a nicely etched plaque though!

pocketwatch (author)2007-12-24

what if you bleached it in hydrogen peroxide?

White_Feathers (author)2007-10-25

oh wow.... and I thought it was kinda nasty I had put my pulled tooth (with roots) in a box on my shelf... -_- Lol toenails are a ...faithfull thing...they stick with us till they tear/we tear them off... I am trying to think of a way to justify it, I guess all I can say is- it's cool you appreciate your toenails? When I was 7 I asked my Mom if I could save my clipped fingernails in a box. She said no.. Lol

my step brother got the end of his ring finger chopped off, and we saved it in a pimento jar in the cabinet. (true story)

Ouchhhh Hopefully no one will stay at your house and get hungry for a midnight snack.... Then go in your cabinet and look for something to eat... Then find that jar! Lol

Mr. Rig It (author)2007-08-29

I am trying to think of something positive to say... wait for it.....ok. You have mounted the toenail for the world to see, sort of, but only on the internet. Lets think bigger YES I KNOW!! Make a necklace out of it, or an earring! Well it was difficult to come up with another use for a dead and mounted toe nail but I did it, now I have to go see my Psych Dr. for more meds. I am feeling nauseous (room spinning) can't seem to get my balance (loud thud and crash as body hits floor) everythings bla.....

zootboy (author)2007-05-28

"this video has been removed from metacafe" aww, man!

Thermionic (author)2007-05-15

I did something similar with the large piece of jawbone my oral surgeon didn't bother to remove when he was pulling 4 wisdom teeth, in one sitting.

Lancealator (author)2007-04-05


Chanmachine (author)2007-03-27

yeah no offense. but man, I think you have serious issues.

weebl (author)2007-03-24

"what is a simple project I can do with a dead toenail which wont have everyone i know thinking i am some kind of sadistic maniac." weel i think your a sadistatic maniac!

Cryptickley (author)2007-03-22

:O ew @ the video

WesDoesStuff (author)2007-03-16

I was swinging a bucket of water around in a circle to help offset the force of gravity acting apon ti with centrifical force. i had to bring it from my backyard to my front yard. it worked fine and i didn't spill a drop of it. as i slowed it down for the landing i adjusted the angle do it would land slowly on the ground. the edge of the bucket hit my tow and pulled the nail almost all the way off. it took 3 years for the nail to completly grow back. Good instructable.

There is no thing as "centrifical force". Just the fact that objects in motion like to move in a staight line.

bigpinecone (author)dogsrcool2me2007-03-16

it does exist, he spelt it wrong it's called centrifugal force

darkmotion (author)bigpinecone2007-03-19

wrong. Centripetal does though

bigpinecone (author)theRIAA2007-03-16


!Andrew_Modder! (author)2007-03-17

That is freakin nasty... and , why....

jeffreyf (author)2007-03-16

I fixed the video. For metacafe, for whatever reason, you have to put the full .swf link, rather than the page link.

So instead of this,
use this

Visitor (author)jeffreyf2007-03-17

Unfortunately that does not fix the fact that the metacafe flash video player is a piece of crap and will not work on certain operating systems.

jeffreyf (author)Visitor2007-03-17

I'll work on that tomorrow.

octochan (author)2007-03-16

Now I know what to do with all those perfectly good wisdom teeth I had removed! Good thing I've been saving them.

reedzilla (author)2007-03-16

pretty suggestion, instead of glueing down the other end of the wire that the toenail's mounted to, maybe drill a holl of that size in the base of the dome and clip the wire short enough so you can have it sticking straight up vertically from the bottom. You can always squirt some glue in the hole if the wire doesnt fit quite right.

reedzilla (author)2007-03-16

photo#2 looks like an hors d'oeuvre

Stev0lution (author)2007-03-16

Put it on E-bay?

Aeshir (author)Stev0lution2007-03-16

Yeah! w00t!

canida (author)2007-03-16

This is awesome. I'm so impressed that you actually shot and included video...

royalestel (author)2007-03-16

I--What the frog?

Weissensteinburg (author)2007-03-16

The movie worked for me. That is the grossest thing I've ever seen.

ich bin ein pyro (author)2007-03-16

movie doesnt work and it looks sick

jessyratfink (author)2007-03-16

This is gross yet really funny. I'm just happy it's behind plastic! :P

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