First I made an "M" pattern on an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper.
I then traced it onto a scrap piece of wood and cut it out using my scroll saw.
I used a scrap piece of tin that I found out behind our wood shed. It was similar to the weight of metal/tin flashing - thin enough to easily cut with metal shears.
I then traced my pattern onto the tin and cut it out with metal shears. Make sure to wear gloves when doing this because the metal has very sharp edges.
I then secured the metal "M" to the top of my wood "M" by drilling holes through both the tin and the wood and then hammering rivots in place.
I used a metal file along the sides to remove the sharp metal edges. I rounded the metal with the file to make the wood and tin look like one piece.
I applied a grey paint color to the sides of the wood to blend with the metal and then polished the metal surface with fine steel wool using a circular motion.
It was a bit too shiny so I wet the steel wood (slightly) and applied a "dab" of black paint to the steel wool. I repeated the polishing process. The black helped tone down the metal and bits of color settled around the rivots.
Now I have one accessory to add to my shelving...
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