How to make a Burning Man gifting pendent
It been a while since I post something on my blog. Well, I was in United State doing the Burning man festival with my brother and friend. As part of the fun and in the spirit (supposedly) of the festival, people (some) give you gift, in a form of little trinket, BM memorabilia like key ring, sticker, pendent and alike, and some time the share food or a drink with you. That custom of gifting, at least during the event, is genuine most of the time. Still, it’s not the point, the point is, that it give me pleasure to give back.
Enough talking. What I want to post about today is How to make a Burning Man pendent, that with bit of luck will credit you with the (so frequently used this days ) cry: OH MY GOD, ideally with American accent.
Lucky me, I live near the sea and it was just my luck that the coast around my place is full with flat small slate pebbles.
I went there with my wife and collect enough stones to last me few BM festival. That is okay as you want to pick the good one at your own leisure and not on the beach (as people look at you as if you are pathetic old fool). As ultimately its human being that need to carry the pendent, the Stones need to be not too big or heavy, thickness of around 3+mm
Next you need to drill 3mm hole near the tip of the stone. Normal drill bit for steel at slow sped will do.
Next you need to polish the stone. There million way to do it, I did try some, I used wood beeswax, linseed oil and few deferent brand of wood lacquers, some was shining finish and some was mat. I found that the lacquer with glossy finish was good enough for me. I bet there are better way to do it but, I didn’t have the time to explore the subject.
The stone carving
For good and consistent result you want to prepare a stencil that enable you to transfer the BM logo in to the stone surface, so as to have it the same size and shape in all the pendants. My primitive way was to make a stencil out of transparent celluloid sheet, using my electric solder to cut the outline of the logo into the celluloid.
Lay the stencil on the face of the stone and secure it to the stone with any stick tape. Use a steel scriber and scribe (mark) the logo into the stone.
Use fine diamond ball head attach to Dremel machine and carve the logo into the stone, say about 1.5mm. I would like to try and carve it through side to side and see if the stone will take it. I think it may look better that way. This is something for next time.
And it’s all done.
To make the pendent more flashy then just a stone I add some flat beads. I usually use beads that I buy from charity shops. However, I run out of beads half way through and I made some out of Fimo (which is not the best option, but given the short life span of the pendent on the Playa, it was sufficient).
I used 1.5mm nylon cord for the pendent, it is nicely sit on a neck and it is not scratchy. It is also melt able, in case you need to weld the two end together for inserting the beads.
As human being are coming in deferent sizes you will want to use a slip knot to attached the two ends of the cord. Here is a diagram of how to do it (it been taken from the website www.netknots.com).
And here is the finish product.
Sadly I didn’t take photo of people on the Playa wearing my pendent but, I did give the pendent (as gift, obviously) to some very attractive ladies, so you may find photos of my pendent on the web.Share this post