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I Heart Bacon Buckle. From Scratch

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This belt buckle is made from copper, coat hanger wire, and 3/16” steel dowel. The heart is painted Vermillion Red which is the same paint used on a 2006 Ford F150. The “I” and the arc are painted with Elmer’s brand paint pens. The silver color on the “bacon” is flux paste. All pieces are soldered together.

Back round: I’m not a cook so an edible instructable wasn't in the cards. I can hammer a piece of metal though and a belt buckle is on the list on things I haven’t made. So I started by doing an internet search for “bacon belt buckles”. I didn’t find what I thought would be out there so I made what I had in mind.
 
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Step 1: Make a copper sheet

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The copper pipe I’m using is one inch in diameter and the same thickness as an American dime.

Using a pipe cutter cut a section long enough to be a piece of bacon. Lay it up against a piece of ply wood and drag a marker down the side to mark a line. Use a scroll saw to cut the pipe in half. I used a 20 teeth per inch blade on the saws lowest setting.

Hammer both halves flat.

Be careful. Wear eye protection and always work within your experience.

Step 2: Cut and texture your bacon

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Use marker to draw your take on what metal bacon looks like. Take it over to your scroll saw and cut it out. Lay it on a piece of carpet and use the wooden handle of a hammer to strike indentations along the copper. Smooth out the surface with a sanding pad.

Next take a piece of wire and shape it to look like fat lines for the bacon. Tape the wire onto the copper. Place the bacon back on the carpet and evenly hammer the wire into the it. As you hammer the wire will cut out from under the tape so make each strike count.

Repeat the process until you have the fat lines you want.

nickodemus2 years ago
I'm planning on making a belt buckle soon, would this solder be suitable for this purpose? I've not much experience using anything but small electronic solder.
Mrballeng (author)  nickodemus2 years ago
That is the exact solder I use. I've also used electronics solder and that seemed to work just as well.
Eldrickg3 years ago
This belt is so Homer Simpson!! Great job!!
poofrabbit3 years ago
I saw the voting opened up! I had to come back and vote for ya, good luck!
Mrballeng (author)  poofrabbit3 years ago
Thanks so much. Fingers Crossed =).
lord_kian3 years ago
this is a great Buckle
violetkitty3 years ago
it is soo cute i want one but i cant do metal work i dont have the items or the place to do it are you willing to make and send me one?
poofrabbit3 years ago
This is so cute! Have you ever watched the show icarly? There is a character on there that needs this buckle. Very inventive and wonderful craftsmanship!
Mrballeng (author)  poofrabbit3 years ago
I wacth icarly with my kids all the time. Which character are you talking about? Thanks for the comment.
Sam...she loves food and one episode she spoke about her membership in the bacon of the month club :-D
ehudwill3 years ago
Once again you astonish, educate, and amaze. Great job.
canida3 years ago
This is awesome!
YUMYUMYUMYUMYUM!! DELISIOSO! (dora ftw<3)
zazenergy3 years ago
I love bacon and I love your bacon buckle!
mikeasaurus3 years ago
I ♥ this Instructable!
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