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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Metal Working.

For this BB, you will be making copper tongs!

Here is one way to do it:


To document your completion of the BB, provide the photos or video (<2 min) of the following:
 - The supplies you're starting with
 - Partway through the build
 - The finished copper tongs
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I documented the whole process in a blog post that can be found here.


I tried to do this as a simple beginner project using basic tools many would have on hand already.  For my metal I snipped off a couple lengths of 6 gauge bare copper wire, usually available as a grounding wire from the home improvement stores.


With an old auto body hammer and/or a simple claw hammer I forged out the bent rods into a flatter, straighter shape.  (Of course, real forging hammers could be used too.)  I did this on my anvil, but many large vises have a hammering plate on them that could function as an anvil plate as well for light duty work such as this.


Hammering just on one side I formed a curve on one end of the rod.


Here are the two sides with curves roughly forged in.  I will clean them up more with files and a belt sander.


Here's an image of the first rivet starting to be formed.  I am using fine silver for the rivets because I use it in my work, had the scrap around, and so why not make my regular use tools a bit more fancy.  ;)  


This is after the second rivet is done.


These are the finished copper tongs.  I made them longer than is standard because my pickle tub is deeper than most so is handy to have a longer set of tongs.
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I certify this BB complete!

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