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    Senior Member Ti-tillIdie's Avatar
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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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    The stencil:


    The badge:


    After oxidizing:


    After clear coat:


    Mounted:

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    Just smang it. EpicSchwinn's Avatar
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    That's really cool How many hours and dollars did you have to put into it?

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    Senior Member Ti-tillIdie's Avatar
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by rex615 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by EpicSchwinn View Post
    ​ftfy
    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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    Just smang it. EpicSchwinn's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by rex615 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by EpicSchwinn View Post
    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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