Back in the day, I lived across the street from the railroad tracks. Everyone in my family hated them, but not me. I used to watch the trains go by and imagine they were traveling to some exotic place, and I could fall asleep easily to the sound of that whistle blowing.
One of my other favorite things to do with the trains was place a stack of coins on the tracks. Sometimes I'd stack a penny with a nickel, or just a penny by itself, and wait with bated breath for a train to come hurtling past our house. Afterwards, I'd search through the rocks and between the ties to find my coins. It was always a great joy to me when I'd find them, melted into flat planes of metal. At times, the Lincoln Memorial could still be seen if you looked close enough.
Well, I don't live by the railroad tracks anymore, but I work across the street from them. So yesterday I went and made myself (or, rather, the train made them for me) a few beautiful pieces of melted copper and nickel. Thanks to Sincerely, Kinsey and her lovely wire ring DIY, I was inspired to make a little ring of my own.
Take a look!
Step 1. Gather your flattened coin, craft wire, and wire cutters (be sure to make holes in your coins where you'll be threading the wire...you can do this easily with a small nail and hammer).
Step 2. Thread your wire through the penny (or your coin of choice) and wrap it around the opposite side of the coin, creating an x.
Step 3. Wrap each end of the wire around either your finger or a small cork to create a space for the band. Intertwine these pieces so they don't come apart too easily.
Step 4. Next, wrap the ends around the bottom of the penny to create what Kinsey refers to as a "sturdy base".
Step 5. Twist the remaining ends around each side of the band. Tuck them under so they won't snag on your clothes or scratch you while you're wearing the ring.
Step 6. Admire your new favorite ring (and your manicure, if you, like me, did your own during the Olympics last night)!