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Old 12-16-12, 10:19 AM   #1
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Created a custom head tube badge

I just finished making a head tube badge for my bamboo bike today. Thought I would share the results.

I found a tutorial on another forum (google search "custom head tube badge Bulldog") that went through the process of selecting the jewelers saw/blades and the thickness of metal sheet. I used a #2/0 blade, and some brass sheets.

I found a graffiti stencil and used that for the design template.

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After oxidizing:


After clear coat:


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Old 12-16-12, 11:29 AM   #2
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That's really cool How many hours and dollars did you have to put into it?
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Old 12-16-12, 11:43 AM   #3
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I had to buy the saw and the blade ($10 used from a local jewelery supply store... I'm sure they could had on Amazon for less), the brass sheet ($7) and the wood block thing ($9). Oxidizer was pricey ($10) but only used 3 drops of the bottle so that bottle should last forever (but honestly some black paint or shoe polish would have netted the same result for $0 and much less smell).

Also, I already had a soldering iron and solder so that part was "free." So total investment was $36 and 5 hours of my time on a Saturday afternoon. But because I only used half the brass sheet and only broke one saw blade the next badge will be much less expensive.
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I dig it.
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That is pretty cool! And a Panda is perfect for a bamboo bike.

Eats, shoots and leaves. Love it.
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That is pretty cool! And a Panda is perfect for a bamboo bike.

Eats shoots and leaves. Love it.
​ftfy

(Pandas eat bamboo shoots and bamboo leaves???? Get it??? hurhurhur)
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Old 12-16-12, 07:44 PM   #7
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Chutes? as in parachutes.

San Rafael?? are you a Tico? I am in Panama right now.
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Nice.
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Chutes? as in parachutes.

San Rafael?? are you a Tico? I am in Panama right now.
I spent the last 4 months studying in Costa Rica but I got back to the United States two days ago and haven't changed my location on here yet lol.
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I spent the last 4 months studying in Costa Rica but I got back to the United States two days ago and haven't changed my location on here yet lol.
Good to be back home for the holidays!
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Nice work man. Doing it by hand makes it that much better.
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amazing. i love it!
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