I recently had this great idea for a Disney project for Undercover Tourist. I thought a bracelet made from a pressed penny from one of the parks would be easy, inexpensive and fun. Since we’ve been to Disneyland so many times, I knew we had to have lots of those pennies lying around. Well, I was right about the bracelet, but completely wrong about our abundant pennies. I did find tons of pressed pennies – from everywhere but Disneyland. Fortunately, my daughter did some digging and was able to find one for me amongst her stuff. One. That’s a do-not-screw-this-up scenario. Luckily for me everything turned out as planned. The bracelet came together quickly and easily, and I think it’s pretty cute. No penny ruined.
I love that I could wear this and still feel like an adult. Not that I’m looking to feel very grown up when I’m in a Disney park, but it’s nice to have the option. This would also be great for a teen or tween looking to add a little more mature look to her park wardrobe.
I was compensated for creating this tutorial for Undercover Tourist.
You’ll need a pressed penny, of course, along with some jewelry chain, rings and a bracelet closure. I was able to find copper, but I think any color would look good. I mean, when you’re putting it next to Mickey, how can you go wrong?
Measure 3/8" from the ends of the penny. Mark with a dot with a permanent marker. With a piece of wood underneath and the penny face down, hammer the nail through the penny at each mark. Flip the penny over and hammer the nail through from the other side. Repeat until the edges of the hole are smooth so it won't catch on clothing or scratch the wearer.
Grasp the ring on both sides with the two sets of pliers. Twist in opposite directions to open the ring. This keeps the ring stronger and easier to close than pulling the two sides away from each other.
Add the jump rings to both sides of the penny, leaving the rings open. Do the same with the closure, then lay end to end and measure. Mine is 3".
Measure your wrist. Add 1" and subtract the measurement of the penny/closure. For me, my wrist was 7", plus 1", minus 3", for a total of 5". Divide that number in half and cut six chains to that length.
Hook three chain ends on the ring on one side of the penny. Close the ring by twisting back into place. Repeat on the other side of the penny.
Add the ring and closure to each end the same way.
As you might imagine, the owner of the penny did not give me permanent custody. It was handed over on the condition that it would be returned when I was finished with it. Oh, still as a bracelet? Yeah, she was very okay with that.
So, the moral of the story, besides the fact that you can make some pretty jewelry using a pressed penny, is that apparently I really need to plan a trip back to Disneyland with my pockets full of coins.