The saga: ok, so its not much of a saga. I was in town about a week ago, and one of my friends randomly hands me this old beat up oil cap and tells me that he found it on the side of the road, and that i should carry it for him. The cap languished in the bottom of my backpack for a few days, and then I unearthed it while looking for my awesome headphones i made . Upon seeing it, this idea popped into my head. Soooooooo..... here we go!
This Belt buckle is a a great visual pleaser, plus it makes a great gift for geeks and gear-heads alike. (well, they ARE pretty alike, anyway.)
Step 1: RAMIREZ! source the materials!
A belt buckle: I used the simple flip-open kind, as you will see in the pictures. I dont know where you can get belt buckles like this, but i'm sure they are not too hard to find. If all else fails, look on the internet. I already had mine from a long time ago, and i forget where i bought it.
A belt that fits said belt buckle: fairly self explanatory. Probably available at the same place you got the buckle.
A small screw: available anywhere screws are sold/bartered/found. (see below)
An oil cap: Easier to find than you might think. Ask around, you can probably get one for free. Mechanics shops probably have a whole box of them just lying around the shop, and a junkyard would be sure to have one. Or, you could search the side of the road until you get lucky. If all else fails, you can take one from your roommates/spouses/younger siblings/boss's car. (use discretion)
Note: my oil cap was plastic, so I just used a screw to attach it. Your cap could be metal, or both metal and plastic. It is kind of open-ended how you attach it, but epoxy or other things would great too.
Step 2: Weapons of mass creation (tools)
A power drill, with a 1/16 drill bit
a craft knife
a Dremel rotary tool
and a T-handle wrench (any king of wrench works)
Step 3: Clean up the cap
Step 4: Trim off the extra bits
Step 5: A light sanding and some paint
I noticed that the "oil logo" in the center didn't show up very well at a distance, so i went over it lightly with a black paint pen, and it helped the over all look tremendously.
Step 6: Measure the cap and the buckle
Step 7: Drilling and screwing
I used the T-handle wrench to put in the screw, and then I was effectively done!