Hey, I bet you know someone who loves to tinker with car engines. What if you could make that wonderful person a gift that doubles as an auto mechanic's tool?
Such as this keychain.
That interesting-looking base is a mechanic's tool called a spark plug gap gauge. I am told that it gauges spark plug gaps. (Me, I have my doubts. I think it's some kind of secret decoder disc. Definitely espionage-related. Shh. Don't spread it around.)
Anyway, isn't it cool looking? I would wear one myself...take a peek at this pretty, steampunk-esque necklace version:
But it's not about me! It's about that mechanically inclined individual who is super hard to buy for. You can make that person this awesome gift in 5 minutes or less - NO TOOLS NEEDED! Just your two little hands.
Here's the simple DIY.
Add the spark plug tool onto a really big jump ring. Then add a charm or two or three, like so:
Swivel the jump ring closed. With a jump ring this large, you can just use your fingers (if you like, get an assist from a pair of jewelry pliers).
Now simply add it to a necklace or carabiner, and you have made your five minute spark plug gap gauge jewel!
Tip #1: Get these at any auto supply store - they are usually on the counter and cost a couple of bucks.
Tip #2: There's a reason for the extra-big jump ring, so don't try to go smaller. It allows all the charms to swing free of the measuring tool when it's being used for...whatever it does.
Tip #3: For a key chain, avoid charms made of fragile materials, because it will likely live in a pocket with a mess of coins, keys, nuts and bolts.
For a manly necklace, string your focal on paracord, ball chain or suede. Or try a strung necklace, as in this one made of leather and antiqued bone beads:
Okay, that's the big idea - have fun and please let me know if you figure out how the decoder function works.