This is a copper fold form cuff that I made yesterday. Hope you like it.
I've also been making some charms out of pennies. I posted some info about pennies at the beginning of August here, including the fact that midway through 1982 they began to make pennies out of copper-plated zinc. I use pre-1982 pennies for jewelry because they are made of copper. Until now, I didn't really think about how a zinc penny would behave under a torch. I suddenly got curious last night.
There are three pennies in this photo; an old one and two brand new 2011 pennies. The older penny was in the flame a lot longer than the others, but it is just fine. I didn't really expect the melt-down but it turns out zinc has a very low melting point. This only took about 15 seconds in the torch flame-- the zinc literally dripped out of the copper plating. It was cool as hell. However, don't try this at home... apparently zinc fumes are toxic (don't you love the way I do first and read later?)
Anyway, the next photo shows some of the pennies I made into charms. This type of stuff can only be made with the older pennies because they can take the heat.
What will next Wednesday's post bring...? You never know ;-)
Sue Lacy Wired
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