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    So, I am nearing my 8th wedding anniversary. Just to keep things interesting, my wife and I try to keep to the traditional anniversary gift ideas, where each year is some material.

    Mind you, we do this loosely. The first anniversary, for example is "paper". I got her a laser printer (which she badly needed for her work). Last year was wool (or copper, but I went with wool), and I got her a spinning wheel.

    The traditional material for the 8th anniversary is bronze. Do you have *any* idea how hard it is to find something in bronze that isn't either a bathroom fixture or just a hunk of statuary?!?

    The gift needn't be large - we are spending a huge hunk of change on a vacation that's a gift to ourselves - but something small would be nice. The problem is just finding something.

    So, by way of conversation - anyone seen anything interesting in bronze lately? Anyone got a cool twist on the idea of bronze that might get me into a different gift idea?

    Heck, anyone had some really good wins on anniversary gifts?

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    Can you find something made of copper and something made of tin that go together? De-construction, as it were.

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    There must still be places where you can get baby shoes bronzed and based, yes? Maybe a pair from each of you set together on a base? Maybe such a place would even bronze other things for you, if there is something you can think of that seems better.
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    I know this sounds silly, but I just did a google search on "Bronze Gifts" and Amazon alone turned up more than 9000 results.

    Some non-sculptural results included:

    Bronze letter opener:
    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Celtic-Bronze-Letter-Opener-664/dp/B008G4VZ38/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1350188387&sr=8-3&keywords=bronze+gifts]Amazon.com: Celtic Bronze Irish Cross Letter Opener 664: Everything Else[/ame]

    Bronze Canopic jars:
    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Bronze-Egyptian-Canopic-Jars-Gifts/dp/B002IZD7KU/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1350188387&sr=8-13&keywords=bronze+gifts]Amazon.com: Bronze Egyptian Canopic Jars Jar Set of 4 Gifts: Home & Kitchen[/ame]

    Bronze spyglass:
    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/AM-Authentic-Models-Bronze-Spyglass/dp/B000UPMNN2/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1350188387&sr=8-14&keywords=bronze+gifts]Amazon.com: AM Authentic Models Bronze Spyglass - Classic Nautical Home Decorative Accessories: Home & Kitchen[/ame]
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    You might also look for bronze coin jewelry. One of the exhibitors at the InterGem Jewelry show is a company called Suraj, International. Among other things, they sell pendants made from ancient Chinese, Indian and other bronze coins in all their worn, patina-covered glory, set in silver.

    In addition, they sell the coins separately, in case you want them as collector pieces or design jewelry yourself (as I do).

    And they are not the only ones out there, just who I routinely deal with.

    Edit: FYI, I did an Amazon search for "bronze coins" and found some individual coins AND things made from them. [ame="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=bronze+coins&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Abronze+coins"]Amazon.com: bronze coins[/ame]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dannyalcatraz View Post
    I know this sounds silly, but I just did a google search on "Bronze Gifts" and Amazon alone turned up more than 9000 results.
    Well, part of that is the matter of finding the right search terms. I had, in fact, gone to Amazon and searched on "bronze something" for various values of something. "Gifts" however, didn't cross my mind. I was being too specific.


    And, in showing me this one, you've just solved a completely different problem. We are running our Warren Zevon inspired game at a con in March, and I needed a canopic jar for our mummy's phylactery.
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