Beginners would love to see the immediate results that punches like
Geff has for sale.
But they would like that more if they made the punches themselves
like I did many yrs ago. I was asked to put some wording inside a
bracelet and found some letter punches, victorian Times old roman,
lovely with serifs around 1/8 in high. Then thought id like to add
some designs as well as my makers marks, year, etc. So got lots of
old center punches and chisels about 4 to 6in long, picked them up
for pennies at boot sales, anneal, file the designs, heat and harden
after, and away youd go.
Designs like a moon, a fish, a sun, an ankh, wavy line for water, and
so on. Ive some 50 or so different designs so I could make up
pictograms to reflect a persons hobby, like fishing, or motor sport
etc. Sold hundres of them inc all metals done this way. The 1/2in
wide by 1/4 in thick metal ones will take deep incising 1/16th in!
look great. In copper, then fill with pure tin melted in and filed
off level for 2 colour result.
If in your class each one did a different design then thed be able
to share them! how many students?
What do you think?