Monday, October 16, 2006

Travel Coin Bracelet

I have had a small coin collection since I was a child. Many of the coins were from my family’s travels abroad. The coins always sat in a drawer. I wanted to do something with them, but was not sure what.

Recently, my mother came up with this great design to make a bracelet from all those coins. She drilled holes on either side of each coin, domed them, and then linked them with oval jumprings.

She made this one for me that has coins from some of the European counties I have visited. This one has coins from France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Greece. It is a fun and inexpensive souvenir.

11 comments:

Rete said...

What an awesome idea! How did she dome them? I may have to try that with some of my coins leftover from Spain...thanks for sharing!

Helen said...

This is rad! I will have to see if I can track down some doming tools as I so want to make one :) - Esp with all those old Euro coins that can no longer be used.

Ansley said...

The doming tool is called a dapping block. You use it with a hammer.
Enjoy!
Ansley

Martha (bracelet's designer) said...

Actually you use a dapping tool in a dapping block The bloc is a cube with depressions, usually circular, of different sizes. The tool is a rod that is round or has a ball on the end. they come in various sizes to fit the depressions in the dapping block. You put the coin in the depression, position the rod over the coin and hit it with a hammer. Some blocks are wood others are metal. Wood works best for this project as the designs on the coins aren't smashed out when hammering.

martha said...

ps you drill holes while coins are flat

k. borcz said...

What kind of drill was used for the holes?

kristi said...

this is really amazing. we abroad this summer and saved a bunch of coins and now i am glad we did.

pleiades357 said...

That is great! I was looking for posts on doing just this, but I tried my dapping block with a penny today, it was a lot of work (& you would have laughed to see it popping out of the block)....
am I doing something wrong? or is copper just tough...

Ansley Bleu said...

You need to use a steel dapping tool with a steel dapping block and a heavy hammer for best results.

Today's pennies that are from the 1980's or later have a zinc core and are much stiffer than older pure copper coins.

Good luck!

Magpie1124 said...

One person says to use a wood dapping block and someone else says to use a metal one. I just tried it with a wooden one and it doesn't seem to work. Has anyone had any luck with a wooden one?

Ansley Bleu said...

The wood dapping block is not strong enough for most coins and will dent when you try to dome them. Use a metal one for best results.