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Old Verdigris Coin Bracelet in Turquoise and Southwest Colors with British Copper Coin Charm

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I've been really into using old coins in my designs lately--mostly using them to make textures in metal. They're fabulous texture stamps! (And they give me another excuse to swing a hammer...) I recently bought some coins from Joel Anderson Interesting World Coins and Paper Money, to augment my personal collection--I got a whole pound of them! They're from pretty much everywhere. I pulled out the ones with the nicest textures to use on my metal, and left the rest in the bag. What to do with them...?

For the clasp on this bracelet, I enhanced a couple of the less interesting coins with Vintaj opaque patina inks from Orrtec (Etsy) for a verdigris effect, and riveted them together with a copper rivet (it's stamped very lightly with the Chinese symbol for happiness). I drew out the sea greens and turquoise colors in the clasp with Czech glass beads, and some openwork copper tube beads treated with traditional verdigris patina from MissFickleMedia (Etsy).

When it was mostly completed I added a few tchochkes: a Czech glass wheel bead in deep orange, a dome-shaped tab of magnesite, one of my new round charms (textured on one side with a 1967 British six pence coin and on the other side with a 1947 British half penny coin--in LOVE with that sailing ship motif!), and a couple of textured copper bowls to add interest to the clasp area. The beadcaps, toggle bar/toggle clasp, copper charm, connector rings, copper bowls, and headpins were all made by me. I added a couple strands of commercial antiqued copper chain (copper over brass) for a little more interest.

The coins in the clasp have been sealed with both the Vintaj patina inks and Vintaj sealer, and the openwork copper tubes and the rest of the copper (except for the commercial beads and chain) have been sealed in high-grade lacquer.

This bracelet measures about 7.25" long and will fit a 6" wrist. I'm sorry, this bracelet cannot be altered.

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Old Verdigris Coin Bracelet in Turquoise and Southwest Colors with British Copper Coin Charm

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: copper, old coins, glass, softflex, copper plated brass chain, magnesite, brass crimp covers
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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