Making A Money Clip
I do a bit of hand engraving and decided I wanted to make some money clips, both for gifts and for sale. In fact, you can buy a nice, engraved money clip from me on my Etsy store.
You can buy all sorts of clips that you can engrave but it's a pain engraving a curved surface - especially one as curved as the end of a money clip. It's much easier to engrave things when they're flat. I know how to do bracelets - forming them even work-hardens the metal enough you don't need to do anything else.
But money clips....
So I turned to the ever-helpful folks at The Engraver's Cafe - one of the premier Hand Engraving sites on the web.
I quickly learned what to do and now I'm passing the info along to the next folks (that would be you).
Basically you take a 4-5/16" long strip of 16 guage silver, engrave it, use a padded vice to bend that 5/16" bit to form the lip you put the money in under, bend it to rough shape with a jig, use the padded vise to close it the rest of the way, then temper it at 527 - 600 degrees F for 30 minutes to make it springy.
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Once again, all helpful info was given to me, all errors I most likely did on my own.
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