Introduction: Simple Aluminum Pendant

About: Hi! My name is Jack and I spend my time making what ever inspires me. I most recently am interested in turning, knife making, and fine wood working. I enjoy using this website and hope to contribute more!

Here is how to make a simple pendant. It's not necessarily a masculine pendant but it is one that I can wear with out getting some weirder looks. I'm going to apologize in advance for the mess and photo quality.

Step 1: Find a Metal Rod

You first need to find a metal rod. I'm using an aluminum rod coated with copper or something coppery colored.

Step 2: Cut

Cut about 2 inches off your rod. I'm using a hacksaw.

Step 3: Chuck It in Your Drill Press

Chuck the rod into your drill press. I'm not actually using a drill press but I'm using a shopsmith which is basically a sideways drill press(for what I'm using it for).

Step 4: Sand or File Off Any Damages or Impurities

Sand off the impurities I'm filing off a lot of material because my rod is very damaged

Step 5: Round Over One End

Round over the end of the rod with sandpaper or files

Step 6: Sand With Various Grits Up to at Least 600

Sand with grits up to 600 I'm going up to 1500

Step 7: Cut It Off

Cut the metal off. Cut about a inch off

Step 8: Wrap Paper Around the Bottom

Wrap paper around the bottom of the piece at the end you smoothed out. And then chuck it into the drill press with the jaws against the paper the papers job is to keep the metal from scratching. Although this isn't the best way to keep it from getting marked up it's the best I could do.

Step 9: Sand the Other End

Grind, sand, file the other end to the point where you would be comfortable having it close to your neck. It's sharp from cutting

Step 10: Figure Out How You Want to Hang It From a String

You can either drill a hole, I won't walk you through that or you can cut a groove

Step 11: Done!

Enjoy your new cool pendant

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