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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.

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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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