A couple years ago I came across a necklace called Loose Change made by Anthropologie — I was immediately impressed by the piece’s simple construction and high potential for versatility. But I wanted my coin pendants to have a little more character. So, when I came across these gold coins at Mood Fabrics NYC, I knew I’d found just the foundation I needed to complete it. A few supplies, and a little suede cord from Mood and I was well on my way. Editor’s note: These gold pendant coins are $1.75 each and are available by visiting Mood NYC, or calling 1-212-730-5003 and asking for the trim department, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUPPLIES: gold wire, scissors, (2) 1/4 in findings, pliers (2 pairs, help), wire cutters, 15 gold coin pendants, suede cord, a few cocktail straws, packet of tiny findings, can a spray paint, and some newspaper.
1. Take both sets of pliers and open up the tiny findings that will attach each of the 15 coins.
2. With your wire cutters, snip your cocktail straws into 1/2 in pieces — I cut 17.
3. Cut 2 pieces wire — one slightly longer than the other (about 1.5 inches).
4. Slip the findings onto the coins and close them back with your pliers.
5. I cut another long piece of wire and slipped all my pieces of straw onto it, and then sprayed them with gold spray paint. (Note: I suggest letting them dry overnight).
6. Take your 2, 1/4 in findings and slip knot your 2 pieces of suede cord through them both.
7. Alternate gold coins and straw pieces on your 2 pieces of wire — 7 coins on shorter wire, and 8 on the longer.
8. With your needle nose pliers, bend the ends of the wire onto the findings.
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