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So I got kicked off SYTYC….but I still had my project done for Cultural Week….so I thought I would share anyways….and this is what I came up with….

you know the outifts that belly dancers wear?

(I know…pretty hot huh?!)
well this necklace is inspired by these outfits..
but before we begin
some explaining.

I have debated about this craft for awhile….not sure. I will be defacing money…..I know know.
But I justify it.

Here’s how.

I  am just using pennies. People vacuum pennies up. They are tossed aside with garbage (not by me…I’m cheap.) If you see a penny…do you stop and pick it up? People rarely do….not even for some good luck.

and my next justification is this:

what I am making would cost more than just 1 penny…or 100 pennies. So in all actuality I am increasing their worth.

and to finish off with:

you know those machines at Disneyland that smashes the penny and makes it into a scene for one of the rides……..(dear FBI agent…go after them first)

so let’s begin…and if you have any mean comments about it just skip it. I already heard it from my husband.

train tracks. (in the middle of nowhere I might add)

some pennies (and maybe  5 nickels…don’t judge)
Put them all on (if I was too do it again WHICH I’M NOT I would spread them out more. A few overlapped and made indentions.
Now, I have heard stories of pennies on train tracks that shoot out and hit cars or people or what not. Just for the record this is completely off the road. If they were to shoot off it would hit dirt. seriously…maybe some tumble weeds. (nobody was harmed in the smashing of the pennies)

gave them a bath in vinegar and salt

and them scrubbed them with a wire scrubber

it was a dirty job but somebody had to do it.
Got a hot and sexy man to drill some holes in the tops for me

(note the no soliciting sign…and my two dollar thrift store chair that needs to be sanded down and repainted! and see the brown board in the back ground and the spray paint..yet another project!)

Bought some copper wire and cut it into 3 inches strips
Thread it through the hole and twisted right at the top of the penny
did this step for all the pennies
Then took half the pennies and added some beads
the top bead wouldn’t fit on the two wires…so I just took the wires and twisted them right above the bead.
Now I bought this necklace at Walmart for $3 and it’s perfect cause it keeps the pennies seperate and it was easy to space them out.
I just twisted the wire around the link and made sure no sharp edges were left.
I also started right in the middle of the necklace and worked out
I did all the ones with beads first skipping a link…then came back and put in the pennies with no beads in between (they were a little shorter than the other ones)
I didn’t go all the way around…and once I added all the ones I was going to  I wrapped some beads with the wire to finish off the ends.
Total Cost:
$3. necklace
$3 in beads
$1 copper wire
13 cents (pennies.)

I had a few left over and made another necklace

…(I actually had this leather necklace leftover from another necklace and wrapped the copper wire around it.)
and made a keychain
This penny wasn’t exactly smooshed flat.
and can I tell you they sound so pretty. I really want to make a wind chime out of these pennies…but that would involve MORE defaced pennies so I won’t!
*a girl and a glue gun is in no way encouraging the defacing of government property.

About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.


  1. I LOVE this! I need to find me some pre-smashed pennies. (Jumping out of a running car to put them on the tracks with my kids in the car would probably not be such a good idea!)

    Have you ever heard of the exercise ZUMBA?
    Well it's a really sexy, fun, and flirty exercise class that has recently blown up it popoularity.
    it's a BLAST anyway, this necklace reminds me of the little belly dancing skirts we wear in class:)


  3. Awesome Kim, love them!!

  4. Abraham Lincoln is ROLLING in his grave. ROLLING. Just kidding.

    That's awesome! And pretty ingenious of you. I actually *did* take a six week belly dancing course, and it provided me with plenty of material for jokes and conversation.

    The necklace is very cool. 🙂

  5. Amazing project! Now I need to figure out a way to smash pennies…

  6. I was kind of hoping for a belly dancing outfit tutorial, but I love this necklace!

  7. Great idea. Now I know what to do with all the pennies/nickels I smash every summer next to my grandfathers cottage. My daughter loves to do it but then what do you do with the pennies after?

  8. PeaceLoveApplesauce says:

    This is fabulous.. I love it!

  9. Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage says:

    I love that necklace, but I'm glad that you know it's against the law to do that, but since it's only pennies, we won't say much 🙂

  10. sisters4saymoreismore says:

    that is beautiful…. and hilarious! you are so creative!


  11. Kat @ Black Kats Design says:

    Ha! You are funny. I just love the necklace. I bet it does sound nice and jingly. Very clever to use pennies.

    Thanks for linking up to the “Cheap Thrills Thursday” party at Black Kats Design. I hope you had fun and will join in again next Thursday!



  12. Sassy Sites! says:

    Love your blog! I'm a new follower and I would LOVE to be on your blog list! And you will be on mine! 🙂

    …visiting from Sassy Sites! Have a great day!

  13. I love it! What an awesome idea (plus awesome inspiration).

  14. I was skimming through this fantastic post and when I got to the picture of your hubs I had to laugh. I don't know about your dear man, but mine acts nonchalant about any postings that include him though I think inside he kinda likes that I show him off a little. The things those wonderful creatures do for us!
    Krystle – dressedwithstrength.blogspot

  15. This is just beautiful and so creative! I'm loving your blog and I'm so excited to be your newest follower! I would also like to invite you to my link party/giveaway every Friday at FrouFrouDecor! I love new friends and hope to see you there!
    ~Terrell @ FFD~

  16. The Answer Is Chocolate says:

    This is wild! Even if I don't actually do it, I want to see the look on my husband's face when I tell him "Bye honey, I'm going to the train tracks to smash some pennies"

    I bow to your genius!

  17. Kris {The Freestyle Mom} says:

    So cool! And for the record. Defacing pennies would only be illegal if you're attempting to defraud someone. So smashing them and making them look amazing is completely legal.

    I'm so tempted to make some sort of chandelier out of these. It would be a capiz-esque look. Now I just need to get me some shiny pennies!

  18. southernscraps says:

    Pretty cool!

  19. I love it! You would have stayed for sure.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I thought I was the only one who ever polished copper coins! But, I admit, my way is much easier. You have to get a bottle of Kaboom cleaner. It will last forever, and you just spray it on, and your pennies shine!

  21. Nostalgiemaus says:

    Oh my God!What a crazy idea!I´m sure i would never do this(perhaps with an iron hammer?)but it´s so beautiful!!!!Great work!♥EVE♥

  22. very cool

  23. [email protected] Hand Me Down House says:

    What a great idea, Kimbo! LOVE this! We have a penny collection — one penny from every year starting in 1932 — so this would be a kind of cool way to display some of them. 🙂 Wonderful job!!

  24. This is great! Very few pieces of jewelry have a fun background story…great job!

  25. Very cool…I have nothing bad to say about yoru processes! Love the necklace!

  26. Tracy Suzanne says:

    Hey Kimbo. That necklace is totally cute on you. I bet a jingly bracelate would be cute too. I would love the sound.

    Have a fun weekend. Hugs…Tracy 🙂

    P.S. I'm having a giveaway ~ hope you'll come enter.

  27. simplydesigning.blogspot.com says:

    Very cute!!! What a clever idea!

    And I don't really know the laws on that stuff, but I would venture a guess that they have WAAAAY more important things to investigate then 13 pennies 🙂 I'm pretty sure you are safe!

    I really do love how your necklace turned out!

    Thank you for linking up at http://www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

  28. Wow–I love this. Don't worry, I won't tel the feds you are destroying US currency :)!

  29. Titti @ Shoestring Pavilion says:

    Such a cool idea! I want to use this idea but I don't have a train nearby… What to do, what to do? Maybe a hammer would do the trick? Either way, I love your necklace!

  30. i think it's beautiful. i'd wear it.

  31. Very cool, so can you actually get in trouble for defacing money, what's the big deal, it's yours isn't it. Oh well, I won't tell if you wont. Great idea, and VERY VERY cute.

    Kim, if you are kind enough stop by my VERY new blog, and check it out. Any kindness is much appreciated. 🙂


  32. 5 more followers and you have ONE THOUSAND,, you go girl!!!

  33. Wow! This is such a pretty necklace and so creative. I started laughing when I saw the train track…brilliant! I may sneak down to the one by my house or maybe I'll send my hubby:)

  34. As someone who has belly danced in the past, I hear the jingling already.

  35. I should suggest this idea to my 11 year old sis, she is always amazing at finding pennies on the ground, wherever she goes! (she even looks under toy machines at the grocery store 🙂 )

  36. We have a pile of smashed pennies from our Disney World trip this past spring. What a great way to transform them into a Christmas gift for my jewelry loving daughters.

    Thanks for the GREAT IDEA!

  37. Hugs & Loves, Ariel says:

    totally love this but how would you go about squashing pennies if you say did not have a train track near you???
    Hugs & Loves, Ariel

  38. Carla @ More Than Tuesdays says:

    Holy cow how awesome is this?! That necklace looks great! I would never have thought to do that (& glad to see the feds haven't carted you off for it). And so much easier (and CHEAPER)than the "real" coins I've used in costumes (as a part-time Bellydancer)

  39. You are too funny! But I love the necklace. I haven't got a train track near me, but the next time I see one of those penny machines, I know I'll think of this tutorial!

  40. Hey for those who don't have access to train tracks, a hammer totally works. And for those who don't have access to a power drill, a hammer and some nails do the trick. Even with the extra elbow grease, this project is tons of fun!

  41. It’s NOT illegal. Defacing money for profit like changing a $10.00 bill to a $100.00 IS illegal. These are your pennies and you can do what ever you want with them as long as they don’t hurt anyone.


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