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Topic: First Stamped Pennies = Bracelet  (Read 3175 times)
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« on: October 13, 2013 03:09:47 PM »


Inspired by all the cool metal stamping going on 'round these parts, I got an alphabet set for myself then raided my piggy bank. I gotta say it was quite therapeutic to come home after a stressful day at work (it's calmed down some now, thankfully!) and hammer pennies blank then stamp them with happy things. I think I'm hooked!

After a while, some trial and error and the purchase of some leather and jump rings I ended up with this:


A magic braid charm bracelet featuring nerdy words I like from Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, Firefly and Doctor Who plus song lyrics and a few special dates. I won't go broke on new charms either! They're just a penny each!

Here it is off:


ETA: After catching the jump rings on various items, I switched over to split rings. Success!


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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2013 03:43:10 PM »

Neat!  I bet it makes happy sounds when you move, too.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2013 07:46:58 AM »

An earthy, hippie look.  I like it.
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2013 05:01:52 PM »

LOVE this! Great job!
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2013 07:40:08 AM »

Thank you!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2013 06:04:48 PM »

Quite lovely! Do the new pennies "hammer" as good as the older dates? I have often wondered this. In the old days, they used to put pennies on the railroad tracks, and the train would run over and flatten them. I have one my grandmother gave me from her childhood. I also have some that you can put into those tourist machines, that stamp info on them about your adventure {where you are}, and make them into an oval. I never thought to drill them as charms! They are more just "lucky penny" things. This is a great project. Thanks for the idea! Now I have to go dig them out and drill!  Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2013 06:40:35 PM »

Wow, great job! What a creative idea. Where did you find the metal stamping set?
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2013 07:38:51 AM »

Thanks very much!

Quite lovely! Do the new pennies "hammer" as good as the older dates?
I didn't use any pennies with the new designs, but I had no issues with any of the others ('80's - 2000's.) I've done a few dimes too; they're easier than pennies. Neither were hard, though! You should totally try it! Smiley

Wow, great job! What a creative idea. Where did you find the metal stamping set?
I got mine at Hobby Lobby with the help of a 40% off coupon. They're sold online as well and I've spotted some supplies at Michael's and Jo-ann's but they were pricier.
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2013 02:48:32 PM »

I love the color! Great work!
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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2014 07:22:05 PM »

Thanks!

Stillatthetop, I started paying a bit more attention to dates and ease of smashing and yes, it does make a difference! The newer pennies and dimes seem to be easier to flatten than the old and apparently sturdier ones.

Also, I've learned I really like split rings.  Grin See edit above.  Smiley
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