Like many people, I have jars containing buttons, keys, and coins – some from my country and some from other countries. Jars filled with these items are just friendly and you want to pour them out and sift through the contents. I was doing that recently and came across the coin featured in this necklace. It is a twenty-five cents coin from the lovely country of Bermuda. I had never cut out details from a coin before and always wanted to try. I decided, now is the time.
My thought was to skirt around the bird and not try to cut it out in detail since I had never cut a coin before. But when I got to my workbench and had the saw in my hand, I knew I wanted to go for it and cut the bird out in detail. I’m so glad I did because I got it done. This was not easy and it took some time. A lot of time was spent in the areas that are now removed creating access to the different parts of the bird. And, I found making turns to be difficult. I think it is because the coin was thicker than any metal I had cut before and if I was not exactly straight vertically with the saw, I would have trouble turning. A few saw blades were sacrificed in this process. I found that taking the time to carefully move the saw up and down and become straight before turning helped tremendously.
I set the coin in a copper tab setting, liking the mix of blue with coppery tones. Underneath the coin – a little bit of tin cut from an old box that used to hold colored pencils to give it the color of sky. Worth the effort? Yes. Would I do it again? Another yes.