I've never been to crazy about this steam punk stuff, probably because when I was first introduced to it, was at Youtube, Several of the video's mention that it was born with a question "What if the British steam powered generation had gained more attention worldwide than the American industrial revolution had, steam punk represents this idea of how different the world might be?" I can't agree! While the concept is cool I thought all week how I can make a steam punk project that brings a little bit of the American spirit and ingenuity. I remember the first day I was getting geared up at Fort Knox, the lady who was printing the dog tags had this saying "I'm giving you these tags but you have to earn what they mean", I used to always think that she was making a bad joke because they are for identifying your body if you get shipped home in a box. But now I know she meant she never wanted to get them back. It hit me like a ton of bricks no matter what you do, you work for anything you do, even making something for an instructable, you have to earn your tags!
"Americanized" SteamPunk Dog Tags
Step 1: Materials
Dremel w/cutting disc's
Flat head screw driver
Ball peen hammer
Drill and bit
Dog tag chain
Step 2: Slice it! Spread it!
With a small piece of copper pipe in hand put a slice down the center of the pipe then slightly wedge it apart with a flat head screw driver
Step 3: Ready, Aim, FIRE!
Next start heating the pipe till it gets red, copper bends really easy when you add heat. Use a pair of pliers and start spreading the super heating copper out till it fairly flat. Take your ball peen hammer and start tapping it till flat, occasionally adding more heat. Once you have it as flat as it's going to get take a wire brush (or a bench grinder with a wire wheel) to clean it up and make it shine.