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Coins have been used for jewelry for centuries. Precious metal coins like gold and silver ones have a significant monetary value so wearing them showed off wealth and status. It was also of keeping one's money about you rather than leaving it unguarded at home.
Coin based jewelry charms and pendants are still popular today. Here are some awesome tutorials using coins. One word of caution. If you have a valuable historical coin - don't drill holes in it because it will lose its value. Try wire wrapping instead.
First up is the Decal Penny Pendant (above) tutorial by Cathe Holden on Just Something I Made blog. The copper penny she used is just a convenient round disc to exercise her creative embellishing skills! She recommends the use of Amazing Glaze embossing powder.
Coin Ring Tutorial by FrogSongStudio and see the transformation into the splendid ring on the left! (update : this link no longer works so check this video tutorial which shows the process without power tools0
This video shows the coin-to-ring process sped up with the use of Dremel tools! Drilling out the center hole instead of sawing it out does mean wasting a piece of metal which can be used for something else! Another crucial difference between the FrogSongStudio technique and this video is the former's preservation of the coin's outer lettering.
Some coins from different countries are just ready made for making jewelry. The coins used in the easy wire wrapping video tutorial by Shawn Wilson of Shavig Designs were Indian ones, dated 1943.
Before you go:
- Treasure Hunting with Metal Detectors
- Copper is not just for Jewelry (or pennies!)
- Brazilian New Year Superstition