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    possible to bend an antique military badge for a headtube ?

    I've been trying to find a few ways of putting some finishing touches on a bike I've been building for a while, and I was thinking about using an antique military crest as a headtube badge, for a few different historical reasons. Would it be possible to bend something like this -> Walter Reed Army Medical Center Unit Crest | eBay without the paint cracking? Any tips?

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    I think any bending will crack paint or break the badge.

    I would make a a backing for the badge. Think metal/wood/epoxy/plastic curved to match the head tube curver and built up and flat for the badge.
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    That looks like it's cast 'pot metal' and would probably fracture if bent to the radius of a typical head tube.
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    Thanks for the tips guys, I'll continue looking until I find one I like, possibly a sterling pin, or something easier to work with. I called a local jeweler and they were willing to help with the shaping, provided it could be shaped.

    Else the curved backing sounds like a great idea, and probably wouldn't be exceptionally thick with a 1" pin or so.

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    the enamel glass inlay woud all come out in pieces ..

    Decent stamped brass can be annealed , and then bent after that , once.
    Formed around say a steel round tubing .. to use a soft, like rawhide hammer, to push it around .

    maybe overlay it with a piece of leather to save raised details ..

    I Have Art Metal Pieces made in Copper & non ferrous sheet, now in, like, hemispheres ..

    By cold working and annealing repeatedly ..

    maybe your jeweler contact can make some badge, custom , just for you.. people do that ..

    technique : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repouss%C3%A9_and_chasingis an old art metal technique .

    Non Ferrous metal sheet is pushed up from the reverse side then the lines are defined from the front.
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    Make a lost wax cast out of that flexy stuff, then bend the mold, refill. Or 3D print a laser scanned badge and computer bend it, then 3D print a plastic one and use that to make a cast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XC204 View Post
    Thanks for the links, I'll be sure and read through each of them.

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