|Fajitas in Trafalgar Square|
Some of the coins are just lovely, but I didn't think the design on them had enough relief to use with a hammer, so I thought I would use them in a clasp as-is, without patina. I thought these were especially nice:
A couple of these are modern coins--the two larger ones from Costa Rica and Mexico. I'm in love with the Costa Rican one! You can't really see the glimmer very well in this photo, but it's a lovely warm brass. The other two coins fascinate me--the copper one at the top right is a Palestinian coin from 1927 (!), and the smaller brass one at the bottom right is a 1924 German "Rentenpfennig" (the Rentenmark was a currency issued in 1923 to stop the hyperinflation in Germany, and this is a ten cent piece--again with the Art Deco! The other side has some beautiful, stylized wheat stalks on it). Little pieces of history....I will certainly use the two larger, modern coins, but I don't think I'll use the other two. They're too interesting!
These are also quite nice--I assume they're some sort of nickel alloy, probably nickel and copper. I pickled them and then scrubbed them with a brass brush and some dish soap to get the grime off--I hated doing that because of how nicely oxidized they were, but the idea of decades of grubby fingers on them kind of grossed me out. I tried to re-antique them a bit with some nickel oxidizer.
I just love that 1946 15 kopek coin (from the former USSR!), it's so Art Deco looking! And I love the little honey bee on the Norwegian coin at the bottom right! The coin just to the left of that is a Colombian ten cent piece featuring the portrait of Indio Chief Calarca--it's just lovely! The other coins, from the left of that and around clockwise are from Zimbabwe, Portugal, Spain and Indonesia. The older coins have some modest value to collectors ($5 here, $10 there), but I just love them because they're beautiful.
Tomorrow I hope to try some other colors of patina and some bracelets in different color schemes (I'm thinking maybe something in reds, oranges and purples with some brass...)