Mic

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  1. Wow, Thanks! I've never found that part of the site & the instruction sheets are well written.
  2. Prototype scout project

    Successfully finished designing a keyfob project for the scouts. A lot of skilled volunteers helped in the making of this, and I hope to prepare 50-100 pieces in preparation for an area event The die is CNC milled cold-rolled steel, pattern is my own design. Following the milling, it was hardened by heating with a torch to a dull red & quenched in oil. Pieces can be cut with an arbor press. The stamping is done with an arbor press fitted with a drill chuck to make quick changes for tools as each scout makes her project.
  3. We are Girl Scouts ;-) The program has far less ceremony/uniform/etc, as far as I can tell, and what uniform there is seems to be highly regulated to restrict customization
  4. Hadn't even thought of that, thanks!
  5. I'm looking into getting a diamond chisel & set of hole punches for the arbor press, reducing the flying hammers and squished fingers! Considering tracing everything & having holes chiseled, leaving kids to cut out the pieces with scissors and assemble. They would also add snaps as needed. For fabric sewing & embroidery, we are picky about size, type of needle and pairing thread appropriately - is there just a standard size leather stitching needle/theead or do I need to pair things for nice results?
  6. Hi, I scored many 11" x 3" x 2mm suede rectangles from a former employee of a closed tannery, ($20, estimated 300-500 pieces), and trying to think of projects I can do with the scout troop. Some experimentation shows: can be cut with scissors can be punched with moderate force (not for a kid to do without mechanical advantage) can be colored with sharpies will not take a stamp, even with a 1-ton shop press has a small amount of stretch My initial thoughts (let me know if something is a foolish idea, I've never done any of this before!) mystery braid bracelet with snap (1.5 x 7" ish) fold-over wallet small coin-purse keyfob belt pouch for their pocket knives Does anyone have other ideas that would work for this size/shape piece? Can suede be painted with something kid-friendly? (mess/stain is ok, toxic is not ok) I'll need to invest in a couple stitching chisels, preferably for the press to save my hand. Can anyone suggest a thread size/chisel size combination that will be attractive on a finished product? image with the knife pouch layout shows the sample beneath - very light grey color. Ideas for projects: Thanks! --
  7. Thanks for the tip!
  8. Good call! Would something like this be appropriate to line up a row holes evenly, or is it better to do one hole at a time?
  9. Would a poured concrete patio / walkway be sufficient? I can have the kids sit on the ground. Edit - and some poly cutting boards from the thrift store to put under their work (protect the stamp/punch)
  10. I have a webelo stamp 8444, an Arrow of Light 8440, a BSA symbol (eagle, shield, fleur De lis) with no number, and a “cub scouts” square with I think a wolf face, but no number. I'd be willing to trade for one of each of the Girl scout stamps, since I am a girl scout leader and have none of those
  11. I’m trying to begin a leather stamping / crafting station at our Girl Scout service area camp. Neither I nor any other adult has extensive lw experience. But, I'm willing to fumble through it. The goal is a multilevel skill progression so each year the girl could learn some new skill. Classes are 45*50 minute blocks with the possibility of more than one block assigned to the project. Ages are 5 years-18 years Groups of 6-12 I currently have purchased 8 mallets, 4 alphabets, and around 30 picture stamps. Two Arbor presses have been donated as well. One will be dedicated to rivet or snap setting. depending on the project. Can I have feedback on my plan? 5 years-6 years: Learn tool names, stamp a sample piece and beverage coaster or bookmark 7 years-8 years: Learn about design and repeating patterns (like a border), Learn about snap setting. stamp and sharpie color a sample piece and a bracelet, Measure and set snaps for the bracelet. 9 yrs-10 yrs: Learn about rivets Learn about aligning and spacing letters to make words. Stamp and sharpie Color a key fob. Rivet the keyfob. 11 years-12 years: Learn about cutting dies. Learn about lacing. Use a manual press to cut a shape. Stamp, color, lace a small coin pouch or belt pouch or photo frame. Add necessary hardware. 13-14 years: Learn about stitching. Cut, stamp, Color a pocket knife pouch or simple wallet. 15-18 years: Cut, stamp, color. stitch a journal cover. Can expand to simple design carving for interested scouts. Adults (yeah, need to keep them occupied. too): Same project as they are chaperoning. Adults by themselves could pick any project or go by the year progression for their experience. Any tips, adjustments, suggestions? Advice to saving $$$ and headaches? I'm trying to design a set of steel cutting dies to re-use between projects (cutout of photo frame is same size as journal cover, for example ) the consumable supplies will be paid for by camp. per scout, but I'm fronting the cost of tools for now. thanks! - Michele