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. HOW-TO: 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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