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« on: November 21, 2009 03:50:37 PM »

This weekend was my boyfriend's big birthday and I wanted to make him something really special. We had a pretty magical moment involving a 40' tall rocket at Burning Man, so rockets are a significant motif in our relationship.

The pendant is made out of a penny that was flattened by a souvenir machine, and then the image (it was a penguin) that was stamped on it got ground off by my jeweler friend. Next I etched the penny, treating it just like any other (tiny) copper plate. I used a red stop-out ground, did the outline first, then the body, then the little flames shooting out the back. I went with an asphaltum ground for the back.

I couldn't resist adding something mushy to the back of the pendant.

I tried printing the plate, but because of the slight curve of the penny the print didn't come out at all. But the ink did add a great patina to the penny, and I was able to get some decent rubbings with thin paper and a hard lead.

I used an old penny with a high copper:zinc ratio and then sealed the pendant, so it won't oxidize out of control. Then I went old school with a friendship-bracelet style necklace, so the whole thing is handmade. Unfortunately I did not take into account how much bigger his man-neck is than mine, so I have to make him a longer necklace. I put it in a little drawstring pouch that smells mysteriously good.

My man doesn't wear jewelry, but I really wanted to make this for him. It was so hard to keep this a secret! I had it for 3 weeks before giving it to him. I was going to wait until we got to the Grand Canyon on his birthday, but instead I gave it to him the night before. It just felt like the right moment, and he was pretty excited.
OK, that was staged, but you get the idea.

check it out on my website! http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=91
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2009 03:57:57 PM »

I love how that turned out.

It looks super cool.

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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2009 05:07:42 PM »

Love it and love the story behind it!!
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2009 08:19:36 PM »

good job great pics

« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2009 10:18:40 AM »

I don't usually wear jewelry, but this necklace doubles as a rocket!  It's beautiful, and I love it.  Thank you, again and again...
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2009 09:34:55 PM »

Awwwwwwww.....Your story gave me the warm fuzzies! 

Super cool pendant.   You did a marvelous job on it! 

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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2010 03:05:46 PM »

That is so SWEET! What a great idea!
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2010 09:15:36 PM »

Daawww, mushy burner love!  Man, that frikkin rocket... I sat for an hour staring at it, waiting for it to do something impressive that one night they were trying to do something impressive with it.  What did it end up doing?  I got bored and went and stared at the cubatron after a while and missed all the action...
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2010 06:54:49 PM »

Thats really cool ! I'd have never thought to use those squished pennies .

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