FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
WHAT MAKES FABU DOG TAGS SPECIAL?
I solder my Signature Style tags with at least two layers of metal, so that the indentation marks from the hand stamping on the backside aren’t visible. The result is a high-quality, professional looking product. I don’t use a machine to stamp the letters/numbers; it is all done by me, individually, by hand. This means each one will have its own character and be unique.
WHICH COMBINATION OF METALS ARE BEST FOR FABU DOG TAGS?
For the best durability, a combination of nickel silver and brass works best. Copper is a softer metal and while it makes a pretty combination, it will show dings faster if it is hanging off of a collar with other tags. Copper also darkens from oxidation more quickly than brass and silver.
HOW ARE FABU TAGS MADE?
There are many steps involved in creating my Signature Style pieces for you out of raw metal. I personally complete each step myself. Because each design is handcrafted, there are slight variations in patina, stamping depth and spacing, making each piece totally unique.
Depending on the design, each piece is:
> cut, forged, shaped and filed smooth;
> each letter and number is individually stamped by hand;
> cleaned, soldered, hole punched and cleaned again;
> patina applied and buffed off, leaving a shadow highlight;
> a three-step polish process is done;
> black coloring is applied to letters and numbers;
> protective wax sealant is buffed on to help slow the oxidation process;
> a split ring or clasp is attached.
PATINA ON FABU TAGS
Some of my metal tags have a dark “patina” shadow applied by me to the edges, which is unique on each tag and part of the design. Otherwise, all metal tags and coins made of copper, brass or nickel silver will patina naturally over time (aluminum does not tarnish). I apply a thin protective wax when the piece is new to help prevent oxidation. On pet tags, the normal wear and tear of hanging from a collar and/or banging against other tags will dull the finish over time, but it remains a durable piece. If the protective coating has worn off, buff it with a jeweler’s polishing cloth (sold separately in my shop under SUPPLIES) to restore shine. Letters can be touched up with a permanent marker.
Some metals are inevitably going to oxidize over time, especially copper. When I ship a new tag to you, it is coated with an invisible protective wax to help curb the oxidation process. I include a complimentary polishing pad with every tag (except with my copper cat tags where the patina is applied on purpose – a polishing cloth would rub it off).
As your tag becomes dark or dull from oxidation, Google is full of ways to keep it shiny (lemon juice and salt, ketchup, etc.) but eventually the original wax coating will wear off. After cleaning your copper piece, buff it with a polishing cloth to restore shine. Maintain the shiny finish by simply applying a thin coat of jeweler’s wax or good quality car wax; it will leave a beautiful high polished finish and help prevent oxidation.