This is an other in the tip section for making replacement parts out of
aluminium foil. I use Chinese take away dishes or pie or cake trays can be
In this case a new shovel blade, method starts by removing all the moulded
on details from the shovel blade of the original kit part. Smooth the shovel
blade and do not at this stage remove it from the shaft.
Cut a piece of foil larger than the blade, and cut a tang shape to allow the
foil to be bent round the shaft of the kit shovel. Then gently bend the
remainder of the foil around the shovel blade. With a blunted wooden
cocktail stick burnish the foil over the head till it forms the outline of
the blade. When you are satisfied remove the foil and with scissors cut out
the shape of the blade. Refit over the original kit part and re burnish till
it forms the depression in the attachment area of the shovel blade on the
kit part. Once you are satisfied with the result, remove it and gently file
the edges. Then cut the kit shovel head off and supper glue the replacement
in place on the shaft.
In my case I made a new shaft and cut the handle off, then lining it up with
the replacement blade glued it in place.
At no cost and about 15 minutes work you have a replacement and more in
Ian Sadler - ©2002
The completed shovel
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