Indian Head Penny Bracelet
by Wendy Drake
(Dimondale, MI, USA)
Indian Head Penny Bracelet with Crystals
Looking for a new jewelry making idea? Make an Indian Head Penny bracelet with crystals.
Jewelry Making Inspiration
I purchased a lot of Indian Head Pennies several years ago, but it was only recently that a jewelry design idea came to me.
Jewelry Making Supplies
The components are Indian Head Pennies, 6mm Swarovski bicone crystal beads, 20 gauge copper wire, 22 gauge copper wire and a copper toggle clasp.
Jewelry Making Instructions
I drilled the pennies with 4 small holes and chamfered (beveled) the edges to make them smooth.
I then domed the pennies in a dapping block. Note: Be sure to drill your holes before doming!
To make the cloverleafs, I twisted two 22 gauge copper wires together tightly and then formed the loops with a pair of round nose pliers.
Once I got the cloverleaf shaped the way I wanted, I pounded it slightly on a bench block with a nylon hammer to flatten and harden it.
Next, I put two small knitting needles side by side and coiled 20 gauge wire around them to make oval shaped jump rings.
I then wire wrapped a crystal bead and two cloverleaf wire units together with 22 gauge wire.
Everything is then linked with the oval jump rings. I finished my bracelet with a customized hang tag.
Great Jewelry Making Idea!
When genuine circulated coins are used each bracelet becomes a one-of-a-kind piece of history!