Hello bloglandia! Tiffany here. I just recently returned from a fabulous week on the Oregon Coast with my family. While there, I succumbed to one of those touristy penny smashing machines. For some silly reason, I can never resist those machines! Perhaps they remind me of being a kid again and smashing pennies on the railroad tracks. Well anyway, upon my arrival home, I found myself with a pocketful of pennies stamped with fish and boat images. I was about to throw them into one of my many junk drawers to be lost forever when I had an epiphany! I thought to myself, aren’t you a jewelry maker? and couldn’t you possibly make something wearable with these souvenir pennies? Well, since the answer to both of these questions was yes, the Souvenir Penny Bracelet was born!
This bracelet is really easy to make. To get started you need the following items:
- five smashed souvenir pennies
- a lobster claw clasp, in either antique copper, copper plated or solid copper
- oval copper jump rings
- a metal hole punch
- liver of sulfur
- polishing pads
- Fine grit (“0000”) steel wool, available at any hardware store
- bracelet shaping pliers
- Renaissance wax
- Chain nose pliers
Now that you have all the tools and supplies, there are a few easy steps to follow.
1. Punch holes in the pennies.
2. Use the bracelet shaping pliers to bend the pennies into a curved shaped. This will help the pennies shape to your wrist better and give the bracelet a polished, professional look.
3. Antique the pennies and jump rings. I like to use liver of sulfur, though there are several antiquing solutions that will work on copper.
4. Buff and polish the pennies.
5. Seal the pennies with the Renaissance wax.
6. Assemble the bracelet.
7. Enjoy your new bracelet!
Hopefully I have inspired you to make something fun with all your smashed souvenir pennies! Happy travels!