Saturday, November 22, 2014

Small Change

For many years, my family gathered for Thanksgiving at my aunt's house. The food and company were always fabulous, and the conversation was lively. Not to risk a lull, my aunt had a clever idea one year to mix up the inter-generational conversation and spark some new stories: We each found a penny at our place. Between courses, we were asked to share a simple memory from the year on the penny. Easy idea, and a great way to retire the "chestnuts" that seem to resurface each year and learn something new about your dining companions!

This craft is inspired by that memory. Choose a penny with a year that's meaningful to you. Kids' birthdays, anniversary date, graduation year... Create a simple memory necklace by punching a hole and adding a jump ring. Mix in a few sparklies, and you've got a great accessory or gift.

What you need:
2 crystals or beads
2 headpins
3 5mm jump rings
2 headpins
purchased  chain with clasp
Metal Hole Punch
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers

What to do
1. Punch a hole in the penny. To make it easier, turn the hole punch over so you can line things up just as you'd like.

2. String a bead on a headpin and make a wrapped loop above the bead. Repeat with the second bead.
3. Open a jump ring and connect the penny to the chain. Close the jump ring. Repeat with each dangle made in step 2.

That's it!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sneak Peek

I received a preview copy of my book! I need to add a few tips and extra content, now that the layout is complete. I'm very excited. This book is packed with information for jewelry makers, and it's got close to 50 projects!