I was playing around with some new pancake dies the boys gave me for Christmas and decided Josie needed a personalized tag for her collar. The hydraulic press makes quick work of the shape cutting and it was nice not to have to do any sawing; the temperature at the workbench was about 18 degrees.
This one is copper and the bone added to it is sterling. I stamped her name and our phone number on the tag and finished it with a heat patina...there is something about that unpredictable red coloring that I adore.
I decided to make more. And more. I realized after I started if I was going to make tags for other dogs in my extended family, I needed to make one for all of them. Josie's is huge because of her size, so I tried to tailor the size of each tag somewhat to the size of the dog.
The second group of tags in process:
And the whole set of tags prior to final finishing (that cool purplish cast is a reflection...I love how it looks but it's a little bit misleading):