Fade-proof Garden Plant Name Tags

If you take a short length of 1/2 inch water pipe and cut it lengthwise about 1/4 inch with a hack saw and then cut one side in to your cut, it gives you a curved embossing tool. Making a straight embossing tool is easy. Any piece of metal with the same thickness as your curved tool will do.


Then you can lay the aluminum or galvanized flashing that you will be using onto a few layers of leather and punch in whatever names you need. A sharp rap with a small hammer is enough to produce a precise indentation.

It is a good idea to write the word onto the tin with blackboard chalk or pencil beforehand. You don't need a complete letter set. All letters are built from straight or curved sections. You can use the tags with the writing just indented, or fill the indented areas with a contrasting color.

Exterior lacquer is good for many years, foundation tar is good for 50 years.

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By DearWebby from Black Diamond, Alberta

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