While at the Minnesota State Fair, we visited a vendor who had made some really cool jewelry from old coins. As my BFF is a coin collector who knows where to find old coins cheap, we decided to try making our own unique designs with old coins. He bought me a bag of Buffalo Nickels that are too worn to be valuable to practice with. Then, we found a coin dealer who sells old coins for 20 cents a piece, and I bought five of those to play around with.
On YouTube, you can find lots of ideas for making jewelry. After some searching I found a video on how to make a wrap bracelet using a loom. She was using buttons as a clasp, so I decided to make my coins into buttons.
Using some leather from my stash, I made a bracelet with Turquoise beads, cotton thread that was the same color. I attached the beads to the leather using simple macrame square knots.
The loom is a piece of wood that I bought at the lumber store. Using picture hanging eye hooks and wooden dowels, and cup hooks. I got the idea for the loom from this YouTube Video.
To make the coin into a button, clean and polish the coin. I used a dremel polishing felt pad and polish to make it shinier. The shank was maderfrom a piece of 20 guage jewelry wire. The end of the shank wraps around the front of the coin to hold in tightly in place. I cut a piece of leather larger than the coin, and glued the coin with the shank attached to the leather using E-6000 glue. The glue needs to set for 24 hours before you can trim the leather. Using a sharp exacto knife, I trim the leather from the coin. Using a lighter, I gently burn the leather to darken and seal it.
The bracelet is still a work in progress, but, having fun with it.