Needless to say when I told my husband I was stumped for a topic today he predicted I would somehow bring it to the topic of dogs. I guess he's right. I will try keep my yattering about my new dog on a leash.
Now that we have this boy in our home he must get a shiny metal clay dog tag. First, I must consider my metal; something I learned a couple years ago when my sister got her dog. Fine silver is a soft metal and may not hold up as we as you expect to your dogs everyday adventures. I made Roxy, my sisters Doberman a fine silver tag out of some of my scrap metal clay and it did not hold up to her boisterous activity level. Here it is several years later:
Silver is also quite a costly choice as it continues to rise in price. Consider the less expensive copper, bronze and maybe steel for your furry friend.
It is such a simple project that if you have kids they can help out. My 10 year old son made a tag for his teachers dog as a teachers gift this past June.
Any design options are endless. I found a simple tutorial on making metal clay tags on eHow.com.
Here are a few unfired tags I have in my to be finished pile. Texture and shape (you can even layer a clay shape i.e. dog bone on top or add a gemstone) to make a truly unique tag for your pet.