A friend of mine saw a photo of the Security Police Badge I made for my dad, and asked if I’d make a replica of her Florida medical examiner’s badge for her coworker who is retiring.
NOTE: I think it’s probably safe for me to share this here, but if you happen to know any FL medical examiners who are retiring in the next couple of weeks, please don’t tell, 'cause it’s a surprise!
It was a lot of work, because I had to start from this and make my own vector drawing:
I finally got it finished today. I used the actual Florida state seal instead of the dumbed-down one required for enameling. It’s layered, not inlaid – the base is Baltic birch ply, with the (maple ply) eagle and (cherry ply) shield mounted on that, then layers of maple, walnut, and cherry ply on top of that, The top layer, the state seal, attaches with magnets, because she wanted the option of adding a clock movement, so there’s one with a hole and one without.
I have a clock on my office wall that’s impossible to get back on the hook once you take it down, because you can’t see where the hole is while you’re trying to hang it. I tried to prevent such problems with this design by making the back spacer such that it will guide the nail / hook right into the keyhole slot when you slide it down the wall. Now I want to make myself a clock with the same sort of back design! (It won’t be a medical examiner badge, though…)
I have to cut one more of these (she wants one for herself, too), and THEN maybe I can finally play with my snapmarks!