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Q.
What do I need to make jewelry using old coins from other countries?
- Lucciola
A.
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

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