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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.








hackmattr1 year ago
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.
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Mrballeng (author)  hackmattr1 year ago
Awesome! Great job.
anybody know a way to make this with a blue head? (im thinking diamond pick from minecraft)
Kryptonite2 years ago
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!
LardaLot2 years ago
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 :)
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Mrballeng (author)  LardaLot2 years ago
This is great!!! Good going.
black hole2 years ago
My, what dirty fingers you have! ; )
GpaSteve2 years ago
Very Nice.
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
Skip2 years ago
I am so glad I decided to subscribe to your instructables. Always an awesome read
Kozz2 years ago
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)  Kozz2 years ago
Thanks Kozz
These would be great for gift exchanges at our local rock and mineral club holiday party.
Mrballeng (author)  wombatmorrison2 years ago
Thanks for the comment. By the way I love your work.
Soon You'll see Em' everywhere..
alancasey2 years ago
1. Never stop adding these amazing 'ibles!
2. Anyone else thinking rock hammer from the Shawshank Redemption?
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!
true man if he would add colors to that thing and make it like diamond pickaxe I would stop surfing and do that now
Mr.Sanchez2 years ago
Sweet...you know...? I would love to see an Anvil and a Hammer.
That would be awwwwwesome...!!
andreq2 years ago
Wow thats nice! Keep posting your amazing work mate :D
Kiteman2 years ago
Another nice job.
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