So I gathered the following supplies and sat down to create the bracelet:
- Souvenir penny collection
- copper-plated chain, jump rings, and lobster clasp
- jewelry pliers
- an awl
- scrap piece of plywood
I began by selecting 10 pennies to use and took them outside with the awl, hammer, and scrap of plywood to pierce them.
|I began by putting the first penny on the scrap of
plywood, rested the awl where I wanted the hole
to be, and hammered 3-4 times.
|Close-up of the result of the hammering|
|I then flipped the coin over and hammered down the sharp edges.|
|…then put the awl in the existing hole to hammer through from
the wrong side to make sure the hole stayed open…
|…and flipped the penny back over to the front side and smashed
down the sharp edges one more time.
|The 10 finished products!|
After all the pennies had been pierced, I added a jump ring to each and laid them all out side by side to arrange them the way I wanted.
|Pennies, chain, and jump rings|
I went with a setup of one penny per large loop on the chain, which leaves 3 loops for additional pennies, unless I want to go in and double up in the future. We shall see!
|I determined where to place the pennies by putting on
the bracelet and judging how long I wanted the tail to be.
After adding all the pennies, all that was left to do was try on and photograph the final product!
|Finished product, resting on a necklace display neck.|
It’s a neat way to display and use the cheapest (and probably easiest to lose) souvenir you can find!
|My best attempt at photographing my own hand in a somewhat natural position.|
Time: 2 hours