Introduction: Pick Axe and Shovel Pendants

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So my latest adventure in jewelry involves making items from a persons profession.  These two pendants come from what a coal miner might use. The pick is made from nail and wood screw. The shovel is made from a ½” square of sheet metal, section of coat hanger, and a piece of 16 gage wire.

I started by heating a nail and hammering it towards the shape of a pick axe. I then refined the shape with a sanding disc on my drill press. After I had the shape I wanted I used a bearing punch to flatten a section in the middle of the pick. A carriage bolt and hammer was used to curve it. I drilled a hole in it and then used a Dremel to expand the hole. Next I took a wood screw and hammered it towards the shape of a handle. Again I used the sanding attachment to refine the shape.
To flare the top of the handle I clamped it in vise grips and hammered on it. Afterwards I soldered the pick to the handle. Hobby files further cut the shape in.

For the shovel I rough cut the spade portion out of 22 gage sheet metal. I then cut a section of coat hanger and hammered one end flat. On the other end I notched a saddle for the handle to sit in. I made the handle out of 22 gage wire. After soldering I used the sanding disk to finish up the shape of the spade.

Both pieces were then polished by 400, 1000, 2000, grit sand paper followed by a buffing wheel.


BrefelanDesigns (author)2011-09-16

Please tell me I am not the only one who thinks of Minecraft when they saw this...
Anyways great job as usual! I love all of your jewelry it is really inspiring!

I thought the same!

Sabinbp (author)BrefelanDesigns2011-09-16

true man if he would add colors to that thing and make it like diamond pickaxe I would stop surfing and do that now

MS71 (author)2016-04-22

If I were more well and a heck of a lot closer, (california) Id take a class taught by you in a heart beat.

MS71 (author)2016-04-22

ya know I look for antiques like these when combining items for bracelets and such. Yet you made these all on your own. Im speechless with glee. They are just beautiful and I hope to one day be able to do things like this. Bravo dear, bravo! :)

EmanuelV (author)2015-06-07

hi.. do you sell this pendants??

Mrballeng (author)EmanuelV2015-06-14

I don't but this one went to a gallery in Kentucky. They may still have it › omni
OMNI Gallery Inc. 102 Whitesburg Plaza Whitesburg, Kentucky 41858 606-633- 8757. Web Site:

BLR_RAVI (author)2014-07-31

very well done..looks cute ..these miniatures

hackmattr (author)2013-04-14

I saw this instructable and just had to make the shovel for my uncle that gold prospects as a hobby. I made mine out of scrap copper wire and it's a little rough, but for a first try, it's not bad.

Mrballeng (author)hackmattr2013-04-15

Awesome! Great job.

bladewind_demon (author)2012-10-13

anybody know a way to make this with a blue head? (im thinking diamond pick from minecraft)

Kryptonite (author)2011-09-16

What jewellery would you make for a jewellery maker...?

lsmith254 (author)Kryptonite2011-12-16

A ring-sizer? A jewelry-smithing hammer? Or a tiny loupe? The possibilities are endless. I love this 'ible. I sewed for many years, and have a tiny pin that has three things dangling from it...a pair of scissors, a thimble and um, something else, lol related to sewing. Anyways, I lost part of the scissors and want to replace it, so will attempt to do so with this technique. Thanks for the great post!

LardaLot (author)2011-12-13

first, thanks a lot for your entertaining instructables, very much appreciated. so much that I tried one myself. it still needs /filing/sanding/polishing but it will be great :)

Mrballeng (author)LardaLot2011-12-13

This is great!!! Good going.

black hole (author)2011-10-17

My, what dirty fingers you have! ; )

GpaSteve (author)2011-09-29

Very Nice.

2muchfreetime8 (author)2011-09-27

as soon as i say the shovel pendant, i suddenly imagined cosplaying like Jack from MÄR. I WANNA DO THAT NOW. i love ur stuff. ur's a true genius

Building Books (author)2011-09-22

I am so glad I decided to subscribe to your instructables. Always an awesome read

Kozz (author)2011-09-16

When I see your jewelry, I try to imagine the source materials / objects you're using to create them. Even when seeing the progression of photos, it's an amazing transformation. You've got an excellent creative vision. Keep up the great work!

Mrballeng (author)Kozz2011-09-19

Thanks Kozz

wombatmorrison (author)2011-09-18

These would be great for gift exchanges at our local rock and mineral club holiday party.

Mrballeng (author)wombatmorrison2011-09-19

Thanks for the comment. By the way I love your work.

snoopindaweb (author)2011-09-16

Soon You'll see Em' everywhere..

alancasey (author)2011-09-16

1. Never stop adding these amazing 'ibles!
2. Anyone else thinking rock hammer from the Shawshank Redemption?

Mr.Sanchez (author)2011-09-16 know...? I would love to see an Anvil and a Hammer.
That would be awwwwwesome...!!

andreq (author)2011-09-16

Wow thats nice! Keep posting your amazing work mate :D

Kiteman (author)2011-09-16

Another nice job.

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