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post #1 of 8 Old 06-26-2011, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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need ideas for souvenir utilizing copper etching

Hey there folks!

OK so... i have around 30 copper rectangles approximately 1/10 inch thick, 4.6 inches wides, and 10.7 inches tall. they resemble this but they are a little faded, a bit oxidized, and have a picture and logo of a hotel engraved on them.

I need to sell them. they are worth about 3$ a piece as scrap copper (i think) so it would be great if i attach them (they were attached to the covers of leather menus, the leather is ruined though) to some sort of small (as in small enough to fit in someones car) wooden souvenir that i could then sell for 10 or 20 dollars at the hotel.

The souvenir needs to be fairly easy to make (i have a table saw, chop saw, circular saw, and a jigsaw, and all the other smaller tools, i might be able to get my hands on a router)). I can't afford anything other than pine. they also (as previously stated) need to be small enough to fit in the back of a small car (a civic not a hummer). Finally, although not totally neccessary, it would be nice if they had an "adirondacky" look/feel to them (i have thought about adirondack chairs, but i don't think they are very small)


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Why don't you cut them square put them in a dado'd frame, use a punch to add a design to the copper and hang it from one corner like a diamond shape...

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Why do not you attach a picture of the exact article that you are writing about?

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camera is broken (for now) i'm asking around to see about borrowing one
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Here are the photos (as you can see, i can't really cut the things without degrading their appearance significantly)

the image on the copper is this
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You are correct. You definitely do not want to cut them.

I would mount them of a simple rectangular board. The value of the final product will vary with the wood that you use and the quality of the finish. I would not use pine. You will recover the cost of the material used if you make them nice enough for a potential buyer to to want to purchase.

A routed edge would be nicer then just a plain edge. A board that exposed two or three inches of wood on each side of the copper pllaque would be nice.

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Those are really nice! I was under the wrong impression that they were just sheet copper. I agree with above, mount them on a nice wooden back...

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I agree with GeorgeC. make a nice frame or simply a board to mount them to. Also I would not clean them in any way. leave them as tarnished as you can
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