What do I need to make jewelry using old coins from other countries?
A good cleaning solution, polishing materials, hole punch then chain and/or findings. Once you have your materials in order here is a good overview of the process:
Clean your coins with jewelry cleaner; then (if you wish) polish the coins up a bit by using polishing cloths or toss in a tumbler until your desired shine is achieved. The longer you leave your coins in the tumbler, the less defined the details so take care in checking on your results frequently.
Using a steel hole punch, punch holes into your coins and attach them to chain using jumprings and a clasp for a charm bracelet or necklace
Or add your coins to earring findings, key chains, zipper pulls or cell phone lanyards
You can also forgo the hole punching and simply glue a pin back, bail, barrette or tie tack to the back of the coin using Devcon Jeweler’s 2-part Epoxy
- Kristal Wick, Designer, Author, Jewelry Making Expert and Swarovski Ambassador