wood makes for great shaping tools..and can be used for fire
later..have em select a nice downed piece of non-deadwood..some has
curves, some naturally rounded with all sorts of depressions,, etc..
a box of masonry nails is 3.00 including tax at home depots..a set
of needle files 2 bucks at harbor freight or tell em to bring broken
screwdrivers, spoons, butter knives etc. from home..all sorts of
patterns possible giving each kid a nail or two, not to mention they
are neat little rectangles as is..( many places like harbor freight
and lowes, home depot,ace hardware,tru-value,michael's, etc will
donate tools to 501(c) 3's like scouting councils - so give the tools
to the council or you if you are the council's jewelry instructor and
use them when called for..
rocks make interesting surface textures, smooth river stones
excellent to sand out mistakes, or give a matte look to the copper..
every troop pitching tents should have a hammer,no? so they share a
hammer between each troop if necessary..if not each patrol
so call it "found tool making", and then go from there! just bring
one or two pairs of pliers and when finished with each medallion,
have a troop leader or you close the ring, and another to sign off on
the badge work...in one fell swoop..