This was a post that I originally shared over at UnOriginal Mom, but I wanted to share it fully here as well. If you get a chance to hop over to Meredith’s blog, tell her I sent you. We are blogging buddies.
…well, I claim her anyway…
After our trip to Panama this summer, I ended up with several Panamanian coins.
Oh, how I wish the good ‘ole USA would get a 2-toned coin in it’s line-up.
Let’s start a movement!
#twotonetoken or #mixedmetalmoney or #prettypennyplease
I’m sure one of those will stick and everyone will be on board soon.
Back to our regularly scheduled programming:
Since I had enough coins to share, I decided to make pendants for each of my girlfriends that were on the trip.
In case you have fun coins left over from a trip abroad and don’t know what to do with them, here’s how I made these…
Drill bit for metal
Metal stamping set
Coffee—just seeing if you were still paying attention
Place the coin on the stamping block (or a scrap piece of wood) and drill a hole for your jump ring.
Using the stamps, hammer and stamping block, add the year (or whatever sentiment you want) to the front of the coin.
Don’t mind my giant man hand…
You can color over the impressions with a Sharpie marker to have them stand out a bit more (I did AFTER I took these pictures) and just wipe the excess away from the face of the coin.
Attach a jump ring and hang it on a chain to look fabulous.
To make it a bit more sturdy, just whip out your soldering iron and close the jump ring permanently–thanks to Tara for that tip!
Now I just need to go to a few other countries so that I can make a charm bracelet depicting all of my travels…
Notice that I decided to do one of them a little differently. Hobby Lobby sells discs that you can stamp, so I layered one of the coins on top and stamped the disc instead.
Have you been on any travels? If so, where all have you been and have you kept all of your coins?
*I consulted my lawyers checked on Google and found that doing this to coins is not considered ‘defacing’ money. Defacing is when you are changing the look of money to pass off a smaller denomination of money for a larger one (like a $10 for $100). Although these may look like a million bucks, I’m not trying to pass them off as such.