Introduction: Simple Aluminum Pendant
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