Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Making a Jewelry Clasp Using a Mercury Dime
I hammer them into a dome shape, then solder a sterling silver jump ring inside, like a button. They polish up nicely because of the high silver content.
The Mercury dime profile resembles the Roman god Mercury who flew via wings on his golden helmet and wings on his feet. But, in reality, the Mercury dime profile is a Winged Liberty Head design.
I like to incorporate the symbolism of Miss Liberty, representing "Freedom," in my beaded jewelry. The mythical god Mercury, on the other hand, probably wasn't quite what our US Mint Designers had in mind as a meaningful design.
Because of his quick wit and eloquence, he always knew what to say and when. He wrote speeches for other gods and worked as a messenger, conveying messages to other gods at various places.
It is fun to turn the humble dime into something more significant than just 10 cents. Now it can be "useful, as well as, ornamental."
Please share your thoughts, designs and ideas on how to use coins in jewelry. It is a fun way to recycle and increase their value.
Esprit Mystique Artisan Jewelry