|Jewelry Wire and Jump Rings|
Jewelry Wire comes in different colors, thicknesses (gauges) and softness (how easy it is to bend and shape). I didn’t have one of Lisa’s bracelets with me at the store, so I chose a gold colored wire. It only came in 16 gauge, which is a little thinner than her other bracelets. It is also “dead-soft” which means it is very easy to bend and shape.
Based on how this project came out, I’m going to try for 14 gauge “half hard” wire on the next one.
I bought a package of assorted jump rings. My thinking on that was perhaps I’d make a silver or copper bracelet if I didn’t like how the gold turned out.
|Store-bought charms from Michael’s|
I didn’t expect to find any Disney charms, but I happened to notice the “Let it Go” charm and couldn’t pass that up. With Valentine’s Day in mind, I grabbed the smaller charms that each said “love” on one side and had a heart on the other side.
For my pressed pennies, I decided to try a Patina solution to darken them.
|1 tablespoon of Patina and 1 Cup of Water to create the solution|
I submerged each in the solution for a minute or two, then used the rough side of a kitchen sponge to rub off the patina from the raised parts of the pennies.
I used these rounded nose pliers for bending the wire and the wire cutters to cut the wire.
STEP 1: Cutting the Wire to Length
Using Lisa’s bracelet as a guide, I cut a piece of wire to about the same length. I went a bit longer, since I would need to bend the ends to create loops in the next step.
STEP 2: Bend the Ends 90 Degrees
Step 3: Loop the Ends
This is where the rounded nose pliers came in handy. I held the wire with my fingers at the base of the 90-degree angle I made, then used the pliers to loop the end back over to meet that point. Then I squeezed them together.
Step 4: Punch Holes in the Pennies
I unscrewed the punch using the handle until I had a gap wide enough to slide the penny in. Once I had it lined it up, I tightened the punch down until it had caught the penny. Then I used one hand to hold the body of the tool while turning the punch a few times to create the hole.
Step 5: Attach Charms
The Finished Pressed Penny Bracelet:
Overall, I was pleased with how it came out, especially considering it was my first time doing this. The softness of the wire was a problem, and I made some attempts at “work-hardening” the wire to make it stiffer. That’s something I will have to improve for the next ones.