|lucky Second Surf pennies, I've been using to sign jewelry|
I started out using them as signature tags for my jewelry, but this week, I made some buttons for a bracelet class I'm teaching...
|penny buttons for use in sewing and leather bracelet projects.|
A variety of currency can be used and incorporated into jewelry. While you should check the specific codes for your country, in the US, it is perfectly legal to alter currency as long as the intended purpose is not fraudulent in nature (Section 331 of Title 18 of the United States code----just think of the penny squashing machines at amusement parks and little items that can be sold with hearts, crosses, and doves cut out of them).
Learning about currency is not only a fun hobby, but also educational! Local coin shops and flea markets will give you an wealth of information as well as provide interesting selections of coins you can alter or incorporate into your jewelry!
Before altering any currency, it is important to check the year and research the specific coin's metal content. For example, pennies made after 1982, are mostly zinc with only a very thin copper plating. Zinc should not be annealed as it has a extremely low melting point and the fumes can be toxic.Other metals may also be present in currency so please research the coin and it's metal content before getting creative!
Have you ever used currency in your jewelry?