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Wrought iron keyfob
I made this Chevy Vega key fob for an online christmas secret santa gift. I had very little information to work from, little cash and an afternoon to make this. It didnt turn out as nice as I was hoping for, but it was a learning curve either way.

Posted by Glittering Edge from Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom • Published See Glittering Edge's 15 projects »
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  • How to make a brooch / pin. Wrought Iron Key Fob - Step 1
    Step 1

    Select your metal and cut it out. This wrought iron is about 2-3mm thick

  • How to make a brooch / pin. Wrought Iron Key Fob - Step 2
    Step 2

    neaten up your edges - either with files or powertools (I would recommend files for this)

  • How to make a brooch / pin. Wrought Iron Key Fob - Step 3
    Step 3

    clean up your surfaces, leave some pitting for that 'rustic' effect. from the rougher finish, neaten the surface with sandpaper

  • How to make a brooch / pin. Wrought Iron Key Fob - Step 4
    Step 4

    Draw on your lines with a thin marker (I didnt have a thin one to hand sadly) and start chiselling your lines in with a fine chisel and rubber mallet

  • How to make a brooch / pin. Wrought Iron Key Fob - Step 5
    Step 5

    rest your hands periodically

  • How to make a brooch / pin. Wrought Iron Key Fob - Step 6
    Step 6

    , drill your split ring hole, clean up your work again, rub with denatured alcohol/white spirit etc to remove any grease from the work

  • How to make a brooch / pin. Wrought Iron Key Fob - Step 7
    Step 7

    Dip it into the acidic solution. I use ferric chloride but nitric acid works well too.

  • How to make a brooch / pin. Wrought Iron Key Fob - Step 8
    Step 8

    after the etch its very important to neutralise the acid, else it will get rusty very quickly.

  • How to make a brooch / pin. Wrought Iron Key Fob - Step 9
    Step 9

    remember to oil/wax/lacquer the work afterwards

  • How to make a brooch / pin. Wrought Iron Key Fob - Step 10
    Step 10

    add your split ring annnnnd you're done!

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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1427 projects
That's so cool Greg, I'd love to come and see you work sometime!
Glittering Edge
Glittering Edge · Edinburgh, Scotland, GB · 18 projects
Thanks! It would be great to have you visit - we are currently going through workshop turmoil, but that should be sorted out by March/April, so after that point we should perhaps organise something?
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