Jeesh. I have completely lost track of time this week. Just realized it's Wednesday evening and I owe a post.
I came home from my workshop determined to torture myself with pennies. Making stuff out of them, that is. They are SMALL. I should practice fold forming on reasonably sized copper sheet, instead.
Why pennies, you ask? This all began with a visit to my daughter in Washington, D.C., after the workshop. We did a lot of sight seeing -- I just never grow tired of the art, architecture, and history, and I love to sight-see there. We visited the National Cathedral (an amazing place) and hanging in the gift shop was a statement that it's legal to elongate / reshape U.S. coins. I've always wondered about this, having heard it's a crime to deface money but knowing perfectly well that there are machines where your penny can be flattened and stamped with a design. I just never bothered to look up the details.
This led me to do some reading. There is debate right now about whether to take pennies out of circulation completely. Also, pennies made pre-1982 are copper, but midway through that year they began making pennies with copper-plated zinc (so I'm using older copper pennies.) There is also a good possibility that nickels will be made with cheaper metals in the very near future, since the scrap metal value is higher than face value. Some people think it's a good time to hoard them, in fact ;-)
Not sure if you're snoozing yet, but I found all of this FASCINATING. And I decided to make some jewelry out of pennies and nickels:
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I've also been working on a wedding order this week. This is a comb and matching pearl bobby pins for the bride:
And that just put me in a hair mood, so I decorated some more little combs and pins. Since I had a hair appointment today at Element of Dublin (my fav-ever salon) I took them with me... and they bought a nice selection! So now you can find SueLacy Designs at Element, on Frantz Rd. in Dublin. :)
So that's what I've been up to... lately I just want to stay up all night making stuff ;-)
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