AnimalCoin

Coin Jewelry - Hand Painted

Santa Rosa, California · 375 Sales

AnimalCoin

Coin Jewelry - Hand Painted

Santa Rosa, California 375 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
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Ann Nolen

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Announcement   Hand painted coin jewelry by Ann Nolen. I collected coins for 15 years until I decided I wanted to find a way to share the beautiful world coins. Jewelry was the perfect solution, so I experimented and practice until I developed this technique.

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Hand painted coin jewelry by Ann Nolen. I collected coins for 15 years until I decided I wanted to find a way to share the beautiful world coins. Jewelry was the perfect solution, so I experimented and practice until I developed this technique.

Ann Nolen

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Ann Nolen

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5 out of 5 stars
(144)
Victoria Fox

Victoria Fox on Nov 11, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I love this pendant! The colors are so rich, it's just beautiful. Ann, you are so talented...you have such an eye for color and what brings out the most in the design on the coin. Thank you!

vimarjo

vimarjo on Nov 10, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I love the size of this coin and the colors are simply gorgeous! I really appreciate the nice sterling silver chain and the bonus coin that was included with my order! This seller is the BEST!!!!! This seller ships your order very soon after your order is placed. You cannot go wrong putting your faith in this seller. I could go on forever about how great these coins are to wear and to give as gifts! Thanks a lot!!!!

vimarjo

vimarjo on Oct 6, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I cannot say enough good things about these beautiful painted coin pendants. I have given these as gifts and have kept some for myself. I absolutely love them! This seller is talented and generous. It is not often that a seller includes a free gift with purchase! Thank you so much!!!

vimarjo

vimarjo on Oct 6, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

What a gorgeous coin pendant! Thank you for shipping my order so quickly. It is a gift for my daughter-in-law. I am confident that she will love it! I really appreciate that a chain was included for no extra charge. Thank you so much!

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Meet Duffy, my foster kitten from my local Humane Society. Volunteering with cute kittens is just one way I add joy to my life. How about you?
Love, Peace, Joy...join your tribe at AnimalCoin.com

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Bottle feeding a kitten. Yes, this is a wonderful volunteer job!
I found my true love when I started raising tiny kittens until they are old enough to be adopted. Feels good to help the local Animal Shelter.
Ann @ AnimalCoin

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New paints... having fun with some mixed media paints, with some of my own blended paints.
This coin from Isle of Man features a Norwegian Forest Cat. A big cat with a big friendly personality. See some of the rest of this series I have have Painted.

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About

Why hand painted coins?

I often am asked how in the world I decided to hand paint coins. Good question since this is pretty unusual. I have been told there are only 6 or so of us doing this in the world. Obviously there was no one to teach me, so this became quite an adventure and I had to have enough passion to keep me going. It really was a passion for color.

It all started when I was visiting a local artists studio and mentioned to my husband that it would be wonderful if I could find something I loved and had a studio when I retired. The wise man that he is, he asked me "why wait?"

I started with classes in hand painting silk, and sold silk scarves for a few years. I loved the vivid colors and textures I could create. Even still, I kept coming back to my desire to find a use for the animal coins in my coin collection.

For me, the challenge became how to use translucent paint so that the metal could shine through. After a few months of playing "mad scientist" and visiting art stores for different brands and types of paint, I finally developed my own blend of paints and a recipe for each color. The rest was lots of practice until I could color inside the lines :)

I live in Santa Rosa in the beautiful Northern California wine region with my husband, Chris, and my little army of small dogs, large cats, and a parade of little foster kittens. I am also a nonprofit accountant, and it has been pointed out more than once that there is a money theme in my life.

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  • Ann Nolen

    Owner, Artist

    I hand paint each coin, with some coins a one-of-a-kind, and others limited production. I love what I do, from shopping for coins with interesting designs, to finding the right color combination that makes them "pop."

  • 1) Start with a Nice Coin

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    I search for coins with nice designs and themes I am interested in, usually finding them at coin shows. The coin dealers sell them in uncirculated or "mint" condition, making the best quality for painting. PS: Shopping is very fun!

  • 2) Hand Paint

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    I blend my own paints. Each color has its own recipe using different brands and types of paint to get the translucent look while still adhering to the coin. I let each color dry 24 hours so the colors don't bleed together.

  • 3) Add Clear Coat

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    I top off the paint with a thick clear coat of epoxy to protect the paint and give the surface a glossy glass appearance. The surface is very durable once cured, and gives the appearance of enamel.

  • 4) Finish the Back

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    The final step is to finish the back of the coin. If it is to be a pendant, I attach a bail and clear coat the back. For Collectibles, I paint and add a clear coat similar to the front. All of my items are individual and limited.

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Last updated on March 31, 2017
Thank you for your interest in my animal coins. I have been collecting coins for over 20 years, and have accumulated a lot of coins, as well as knowledge of countries and coins available. I shop for coins at coin shows for collectors, and so have the best quality and condition of coin possible.
I am often asked how I learned to paint these coins. The answer is very simple... I spent 3-4 months experimenting with different brands and types of paints until I got the results I wanted. The rest was practice, practice, and practice. This is a skill that is not easily learned and takes time to aquire.
Each coin is covered in a thick clear coat, a clear epoxy, that gives the appearance of glass. I take the best photo I can to see the detail, but showing the beauty of the glossy surface is hard to get in photos.
I sell at local arts or craft shows in Sonoma County, California. If you live in my area, see my website for show dates at www.AnimalCoin.com

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I am flexible, and just want my customers to be happy. With that in mind, I accept your credit cards, Paypal, money orders, etc. Whatever is best for you.
I charge 8.75% sales tax on all purchases shipped to California. Sorry, it is not only required by law (so not my rule) but "Jerry" needs the money ;)
Shipping
All items are shipped 1st class mail. Free shipping for all merchandise to the US, and $10 shipping for the rest of the world. If customer prefers another shipping method, please contact this seller for quotes and to work out the details.
You can expect shipping from California to take 2-5 days USA, and approximately 2 weeks everywhere else. Some countries may experience delays due to Customs processing.
Refunds and Exchanges
All items are returnable for a full refund if returned within 30 days and in same condition. Buyer is responsible for arranging shipping back and paying for the return shipping.
My warranty policy is "customer satisfaction" and no reasonable request will ever be ignored. I do my best to make each pendant "perfect" but I am human also, and sometimes things unexpected happen. So if you have concerns, ask me.
If the customer damages the pendant, I offer repair at a very reasonable cost. Scratches to the surface can be sanded down and refinished. Bails can be reinstalled. Any other repairs, please contact seller with details or photos for a quote and discussion on options.
Additional policies and FAQs
CUSTOM ORDER GUIDELINES:
The colors of the coins here are what is available at these price ranges. If a customer would like to request a coin I normally paint in other colors, the cost of the project is 1-1/2 time the prices offered here. I blend my own paints and each color has it's own recipe, so color choices are limited to the palette that I have developed.

I do accept coins that you provide for custom painting if the customer gives a general idea of the color ranges they prefer only as a guideline to the artist. For example "blues" or if you point out a color combination you like on a coin in my store. I blend my own paints and each color has it's own recipe, so color choices are limited to the palette that I have developed. To request the painting of a coin you own, please send me a photo and the dimensions of the coin for a quote on the cost of painting. Minimum charge for painting your coin will be $50 plus shipping. Depending on other orders I already have, custom orders can take 2-5 weeks to complete.

If a customer wants me to research or source a coin or a feature for them, I offer this for $35 per hour, 1 hour minimum, as a surcharge to any other prices.