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.

Please tell me I am not the only one who thinks of Minecraft when they saw this...<br>Anyways great job as usual! I love all of your jewelry it is really inspiring!
<p>I thought the same!</p>
true man if he would add colors to that thing and make it like diamond pickaxe I would stop surfing and do that now
<p>If I were more well and a heck of a lot closer, (california) Id take a class taught by you in a heart beat. </p>
<p>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! :)</p>
<p>hi.. do you sell this pendants??</p>
I don't but this one went to a gallery in Kentucky. They may still have it www.omnigallery.net &rsaquo; omni<br>OMNI Gallery Inc. 102 Whitesburg Plaza Whitesburg, Kentucky 41858 606-633- 8757. Web Site: www.omnigallery.net
very well done..looks cute ..these miniatures
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.
Awesome! Great job.
anybody know a way to make this with a blue head? (im thinking diamond pick from minecraft)
What jewellery would you make for a jewellery maker...?
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!
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 :)
This is great!!! Good going.
My, what dirty fingers you have! ; )
Very Nice. <br>
as soon as i say the shovel pendant, i suddenly imagined cosplaying like Jack from M&Auml;R. I WANNA DO THAT NOW. i love ur stuff. ur's a true genius
I am so glad I decided to subscribe to your instructables. Always an awesome read
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!
Thanks Kozz
These would be great for gift exchanges at our local rock and mineral club holiday party.
Thanks for the comment. By the way I love your work.
Soon You'll see Em' everywhere..
1. Never stop adding these amazing 'ibles!<br>2. Anyone else thinking rock hammer from the Shawshank Redemption?
Sweet...you know...? I would love to see an Anvil and a Hammer.<br>That would be awwwwwesome...!!<br>
Wow thats nice! Keep posting your amazing work mate :D
Another nice job.

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