Friday, 19 April 2013

DIY Coin Necklace



Do you have old coins from your travels buried at the bottom of your purse, or clanging around in a jar somewhere? Why not turn them into unique jewellery? In our house we have a pot where all foreign coins go and there are coins from all around the world in there. I went through it the other day and pulled out some beautifully designed coins that I thought would be ideal to turn into necklaces. If you have a coin from a certain sentimental place or date this can be the perfect way to carry that memory around with you.

Here's what you need...


Coins // Electric Drill // File // Pliers // Jump Rings // Chains


You need to start by drilling a small hole at the top (or bottom) of your coin. Fortunately I had Dad on hand to step in and do this part for me - although it's not difficult, please be careful, and get help if you're a bit scared of the drill like me. We placed the coins on a piece of wood and sellotaped them firmly down before drilling. You will be left with a rough edge on one side so file this down.


You can then start to attach your jump rings using pliers. Loop the jump ring on to your chain - you can attach it to a link in the chain for a fixed necklace or simply loop it on the length so it will move up and down the chain freely. I decided to add two coins to one length of chain and for this I needed four jump rings (see below.)


And that's it! Simple. You now have unique pieces of jewellery that look great layered together or just worn alone. I've kept my chains quite short but you can of course make longer necklaces. The same principles apply when making coin bracelets or even earrings too. 



There are lots of ways to clean coins so they come up looking shiny and new, or you may prefer the aged-look. This DIY is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon, you might even want to make some as gifts.

x


*See more DIY tutorials from Gwen here.


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27 comments

  1. This is such a great idea and the jewellery looks beautiful!
    x

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  2. Wonderful idea and it looks really great on you, good way to use up the pesky foreign coins! x

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  3. These is such a good idea, and it looks lovely! It's a great way of emptying your pockets of all that loose holiday change too! xxx

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  4. Love this idea!! They look fab gwen!! xXx

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  5. I love your DIY posts- this is such a lovely idea and I love how they look layered up :)

    Frances xx

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  6. that is a very cool idea!! I need to make one of those!

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  7. Those are so cute!!xx

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  8. This is such a good idea! I definitely want to try this xo

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  9. This is so cute!
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    S xx

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  10. Definitely going to be trying this out! xx
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  11. I see polish coin !! :D Nice

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  12. Such a nice idea!

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  13. I love this idea, saves them all just sitting around!

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  14. ha ha , you got some polish zl :)
    nice necklace:)

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  15. wish i was that creative!

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  16. Really cute necklace. I voted for your blog in company blog awards, good luck!

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  17. Great job honey!! It looks so pretty!

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  18. Love them!
    Perfect for a Boho style!
    Giu&Si

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  22. even better is if you dont have foreign coins they are easy to get by looking for them when shopping or to go on ebay etc and buy some in bulk.

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