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Make a Military Themed Picture Frame

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If you have been in a uniformed service even a short amount of time, you will accumulate an impressive amount of stuff you will never use again.  When you are married to a fellow Warfighter, things can get out of hand.  This includes old rank insignia, old distinctive unit insignia, decorations that have worn out, old patches, etc.  They migrate to a junk drawer or overflowing "memory box" to be discovered by grandchildren after you are dead.  

In this instructable, we'll try to use these military and other chotchkies to decorate a picture frame so you can see these while still alive!  Finally, something to do with your 37 pieces of flair!
 
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Step 1: Stuff You Will Need

1.  Military insignia.  If you don't want to join the military for this instructable, you can also used those useless chockies you have from trade shows, political rallies or thrift shops.

2.  A picture frame.  One with a nice wide area is great.

3.  Glue.  Even though I'm an epoxy aficionado, I chose "Gorilla Glue" for this project because of its tendency to foam and expand.  This is good for holding 3-D objects I'll be working with.  Any glue that will work with non-porous to porous would be fine.   If you don't like the look of the foamy glue, go with epoxy.  

Step 2: Prep Your Insignia

Most military stuff has sharp pointed pins that go through the fabric and are held fast with clutch back fasteners.  Although the pins look sturdy, they will bend and break if you attempt to hammer them into something as hard as wood.

1.  Bend the pins with a pair of pliers until metal fatigue sets in and they fall off.  It does not take much effort to get the pins off.

2.  If your insignia is shaped somehow, try to bend it so that it is reasonably flat.  The gorilla glue will fill space so reasonably flat is good enough. 
Hey, I could let it slide if it was a one-time typo, but you did it twice so I'll enlighten you a little now, Et Cetera is abbreviated ETC not ECT.

Also, nice Idea! I would consider making one but I don't have enough medals.
Nano_Burger (author)  awesomecreations1 year ago
Thanks, I've corrected the instructable! It is a pretty common mistake for me...I did a paper on Electro Convulsive Therapy once and must have cemented the acronym "ECT" into my mind. By the way, I wouldn't recommend ECT unless it was the absolute last hope. I guess ETC is fine if taken in moderation.
Thanks, I know I'm a bit of a grammar nazi and not many people really care about how they abbreviate terms, but when it does make a difference to the meaning then I can't not tell people that they have made an error, otherwise somebody may misinterpret what is being said. I believe this makes it easier for more people to understand and especially on the internet where lots of people don't speak English and rely on Google Translate.
sunshiine3 years ago
Very nice! Thanks for sharing.
what ever happened to putting all the shiny stuff on a Retired Army Truckers hat and walking into the commissary/PX early in the morning to talk to the Soldiers buying candy?
mary candy3 years ago
This looks good! ;)