At a show this weekend, I got a rather unusual request, and I wanted
to put it out there in case anyone has any advice before I start.
A coin collector came to me with an 1857 Indian Head penny, and he
wants to make it into a tie tack. There’s an eagle on one side, and
he wants me to pierce the eagle out, and solder a finding on the
other side. I’m not sure exactly what the metal of the coins were at
that time, I don’t think it was just plain copper. Anyone know what
they were made of, and (most importantly) does any one know if
there’s anything I need to be wary of, or do special for this
project? In case it matters, I normally work in silver, but I’ve
worked in other metals now & then, too (copper, gold, nickel, brass).
I’m guessing the finding I put on it will be nickel.
Designs by Lisa Gallagher