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Walking stick badges/pins... How can I have them custom made to put on my stick made out of old British coins?

Hi there,

Walking stick badges/pins... How can I have them custom made to put on my stick made out of old British coins?

I have searched to no avail. Walking stick companies don't seem to do it. Does anyone know or can find out for me who might be able to make custom made walking stick badges out of coins and bend them to fit the stick, etc..

Thanks.

Lin. x


Best Answer...

Answer:

I'm a afraid I don't know of anyone who does this in a commercial fashion, and it is very likely anyone that does do this is simply a hobby craftsman that you would have to find by word of mouth.

However, I feel this is a simple enough task that you could likely learn do it yourself with the right tools and techniques. I will try my best to describe how to make these, assuming you have the materials you want to use.

First thing is determine the diameter of your stick (assuming it is a round cylinder and not an irregular shape) at the point you want to apply the metal badge. From this, find a thick-walled steel pipe the same diameter on the outside (measure it yourself; often commercially made pipes are marked with the inside diameter instead). You may want to fill the pipe with dense clay or sand. Now the tricky part here because this depends on how soft the metal the coin is made of. You can hammer the coin onto the pipe while holding it with pliers, or you can heat it very carefully with a blowtorch to soften it until it forms over the pipe, but be careful not to overheat it or it will melt to the point the coin loses its features.

Once you get the coin into the right shape, you can either use a tungsten carbide drill bit to drill holes in it (for nails) or attach it to the stick with a glue that adheres to both wood and metal.