Monday, March 29, 2010
Aluminum Plant Markers, for Next to Nothing
Then I had a flash of insight, which I tried with a prototype. Homemade aluminum plant markers made from inexpensive wire and aluminum beer cans! And they work very well- better than the copper. I wish I'd thought of this before plonking down thirty-six dollars for the copper ne'er-do-wells.
So here's how:
Measure a line 22 3/4" long on several thickness of newsprint or newspaper. Mark the line at 8"; 1"; 1"; 2 3/4"; 1"; 1"; and 8". This is your marking template.
Cut a piece of galvanized wire 22 3/4" long, which should be easy to do against your line. With the permanent marker, mark the wire at the 8, 1, 1, 2 3/4, 1, and 1 inch marks using your marking template.
Using your needle-nosed pliers, make a ninety-degree bend out at the 8" mark, and ninety-degree bend up at the 1" mark, a ninety-degree bend back toward center at the 1" mark, a ninety-degree bend down at the 2 3/4" mark, a ninety-degree bend back toward center at the 1" mark, and the final ninety-degree bend at the 1" mark so that it looks like this:
I find that it makes a much sharper bend if I push hard against my thumb. Set this aside.
On a small piece of thin cardboard, mark a rectangle 3 1/4" long by 7/8" wide. Make sure your corners are square. Cut this out. This will be your label template.
Using your scissors, cut out the label.
It's easiest to go ahead and mark the label with a fine point ballpoint pen while it's flat, so go ahead and do that.