Thursday, October 6, 2011

Coin Art

Day 5/31:



Ever since I started using the stones for my cabinet doors I started thinking about other things I collect but don't get to visually enjoy in my home. I have a fairly large foreign coin collection but they all just sit in a jar on a desk. Occasionally we dump them out and look through them but usually they are just, well, there. They aren't worth anything but they're pretty and I wanted to highlight them somehow.



I had a couple of frames in the closet so I grabbed those.



I removed the back and started filling in with all the coins that would fit.



I added a drop of Elmer's Glue-All (which is fairly quick drying) to each coin to hold them in place. Originally I did try a spray adhesive but that failed quite miserably for this project. The Glue-All is holding well.



After I put the backs on again I flipped them over and left them to sit for a bit while the glue dried. The reason that I flipped them during this time is so that all of the coins, thin or thick, would get contact with the back and glue correctly.



I hung them in the downstairs hallway and now I can enjoy them every day instead of just once a year!





65 comments:

  1. How neat! This has me inspired. I want to make something...

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  2. I have hundreds of foreign coins and looking for art projects. Very simple idea yet classy. thanks

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  3. cool .love it !!!!

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  4. I need to do this too. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. I love it! I have so many coins and I have no idea what the heck to do with them! Thanks for the inspiration. I am posting it on my blog and sending them here for details on the how-to.

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  6. I love this! But what's behind the coins? Just the backing from the picture?

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  7. I used cardboard from a cereal box for the backing. The recycled quality seemed to go well with the colors of the coins.

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  8. love this idea... found it on pintrest

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  9. Such a simple and brilliant idea!

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  10. You would want to be careful about adhearing coins that have a real value. I wanted to do this with a coin collection but I was thinking of putting some soft material behind it so it would press more against the coins and hold them in place.

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    1. what soft material would you recommend? i also don't want to put glue on my coins, but i love this project!

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    2. I also like your idea as I have coins I would not want to glue. But what color to use is the question. It would have to show off the coins without looking tacky. Any suggestions? Have you tried it yet?
      What a great idea, though!

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    3. I just tried this project and it turned out great! I changed a few things though. I painted the cardboard backing black to blend in with the frame so that te coins stood out more. Also I packed them in so tight while placing them that I didn't need any glue. I shook it and everything and no coins shifted.

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    4. I would try a thick, soft foam. I have a watch that my grandfather disassembled and put on some soft foam in a frame and it hasn't budged

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    5. Kim - love the foam idea. Trying to use just pressure didn't work and got all messed up (hence why I switched to glue) but the foam would give it a little cushion to sink into so it can't fall. Love it!

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  11. Thank you all so much for stopping in! Wow, this post has really taken off from Pinterest in a way I hadn't imagined. :)

    To answer your concern, I used just an Elmer's Glue so it will come off pretty easily if I ever want to (no super glue or anything here) and my coins have no value beyond sentimental anyway. I tried using pressure to hold them in place but they kept falling out no matter how much I put behind them which is finally why I resorted to the glue.

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  12. this is the neatest idea. Can't wait to do it. We lived in Germany for over 7 yrs and have a lot of coins, that are just hanging out in a jar.

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  13. We, too lived in Germany for 6 years (thank you US Air Force!) and have a lot of coins that no one ever sees. This is my next project!

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  14. Absolutely love it!!! My dad passed away in March. He had a large collection of coins & paper money from places he was at in WW2. I've been trying to come up with a good way to display them. You've done it for me. TYVM! I think I'll do one to give to my mom on Father's Day.

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  15. I will def be doing this In memory of my late husband that traveled so much :)

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  16. Any ideas to display the paper money collection?

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  17. Love the idea. Noticed a silver dollar in one of the pictures. You might want to check the year, could be solid silver and worth far more than a dollar.

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  18. I found this through pinterest and I have to tell you this is an AMAZING idea! My late grandfather was in the military during WWII and I inherited a large coffee can of the coins he collected during those years. I've been trying to think of something to do with them for a very long time, and this is the perfect project! Thank you!

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  19. Love this so much. My husband has traveled quite extensively thanks to the Navy, and we were looking for a way to display his coins. This is such a cool project - we're going to work on it this weekend. Thanks to Pinterest for sending me here!

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  20. I think I would use coins as some sort of counter top - like tiles, but coins instead. How cool would that be for a bar countertop?! Or to protect the coins (or bills, for that matter), use them as the top of a coffee table or countertop with a sheet of glass over them. Wow, wish I had a project like that!

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    1. I saw somewhere someone did a floor in coins

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  21. Great idea, could do with paper money as well. Falls well into the re-purposed category. It has inspired me to do this with buttons. I had a can of buttons out one day when my daughter happened to stop in...I couldn't believe it. she dove right in and began identifying what the buttons belonged. ie. my blouse from 1st grade...my sweater to match such and such a skirt...thx I'm going to put my creative hat on

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    1. When I first saw this I thought it was buttons! I have more buttons than coins so I was already trying to figure out how to do them. I like the coin idea also!

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  22. I LOVE this idea! I have travelled alot & have a Ton of coins that sit in a jar also... I am SO Doing this as my next project! Found you via Pintrest...THANK YOU!

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  23. Awesome idea. Going to do this right now. Thanks for the great tip.

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  24. How about using glue dots instead of regular glue...then the coins could be removed. Another idea would be sticky tac

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  25. For those who don't want to glue their coins, you could try a fleece backing to hold the coins in place.

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  26. Does the glue stick directly to the glass?

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    1. The glue will stick to your backing of choice (in this case, to the cardboard)

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  27. really cool :D I love this idea :)

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  28. There is a backing you could buy from Hobby Lobby, which is a fuzzy matting (I have used the gold one before). They have all kinds, and I bet if you sandwiched the coins in between that and the frame backing, it would be plush enough for keeping everything in place, and would be a lovely option aside from the foam. Thanks for the idea!

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  29. I LOVE this idea. Do you think it ruins the coins then? Is there any way to get the glue off if you need to?

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  30. I loved this idea. will be putting all of my coin collection on my wall ASAP.

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  31. I love this idea, will be putting all my coins in frames this week and up on my walls.

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  32. I have some coins that I would like to use in this way as well. I was hoping that I would be able to use glass front and back so you could see both sides of the coins. I wonder how that will work out. Will have to see I guess.

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    1. I did this for a few special coins of my husbands! I used a thick frame, (small shadowbox size) and two pieces of glass. It is hung on the wall by his bedside. BW

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    2. I want to do this also where you show both sides of the coins without spending a lot of money on a specialty frame.

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  33. I made one. Check it out!

    http://yarnovertherainbow.blogspot.com/2012/09/framed-coin-art.html

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  34. I would think that the thin craft foam, in a dark color, would work well, and not require glue. ALSO, to show more coins, and not have hidden ones behind the frame area, I think I will try using pennies, or maybe washers from the hardware store, if cheaper... so that more foreign coins show up... (unless you have coins to spare!)

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  35. I told my husband that for Christmas this year we have to make each others gift. No going out and spending alot of money on stuff....He has a jar full of old coins from when he was in the military and traveled. I'm going to frame the coins and give it to him for his gift!

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  36. I have heard of simular things like a tea/breakfast tray with a glass top also being done this way. Love both ideas.

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    1. i saw a floor cover with pennies, Fantastic to walk on!

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  37. Cool idea! I tried to make this once by just packing all the coins in tightly and putting felt behind it hoping that they would stay in place. But my problem was that I couldn't get the back on cause the coins in the frame were too thick. I might have to try a different backing or try taking out the thickest coins like the british pounds.

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  38. I was also wondering how to get the back on since the thickness of the coins will takes up to much space. Any suggestions/

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  39. For the backing one might try using thin cardboard covered with the thin batting found at hobby stores, it comes in sheets and can be cut easily, then covered with cloth of your choice which can be glued to the back.

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  40. OH MY GOODNESS!!! I have lots of coins from Germany and Latvia! Thank you so much for this amazing idea! I just started following your blog! I can't wait to read more awesome ideas that you have!!!

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  41. Awesome idea! I have a little experience in the "coin gluing" department as I created a kit that allows kids to create a portrait of Abe Lincoln out of their old pennies: www.PennyPortrait.com

    Definitely use ELMERS glue. I tried a grocery store brand once and it reacted with the copper creating a green ooze.

    You can move them around for about 3 or 4 minutes after you glue them on. You don't need to use much glue, and if they pop up, you can easily reglue them.

    Foam backing is also a great idea to press them against the glass. I've had a penny portrait with 846 pennies hanging up for 6 years now with no problem.

    Also, if you like this sort of thing, do check out my site! www.PennyPortrait.com

    (Hopefully this isn't a repost... I wasn't logged in and my original post disappeared on me.)

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  42. I made one - it turned out GREAT! Thank you so much for sharing your idea :) It's just lovely hanging up in the home instead of hiding out in a box in the closet. Can't wait to make one with just the 50 states quarters. Thank you again!

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    1. I'm so glad you got to do this! It makes a nice conversation piece, too :)

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  43. I'm currently storing my coins in an old Tootsie Roll can; now I know what to do with them! Thanks for the great idea!! :)

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  44. I framed my paper foreign currency in double sided glass frames from Target. They are black frames with two glass sheets. I floated 3-4 dollars, yen or pounds and attached them with a small clear 3MM dot and then put the second sheet of glass. The hardest part was avoiding finger prints. I have Korean currency from the 1940s from when my father served in Korea and some from the 1990s when I traveled there. I am going to experiment with coins in these same type of frames.

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  45. A great idea! Do all the coins make the frame heavy to hang?

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  46. It's a little heavier than a regular picture but not much. I didn't have to do anything special when I hung it.

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  47. I just did this with all the coins I (accidentally) collected twenty years ago when I lived in Europe. I Pinned this idea ages ago and just finally made the time to do it. It turned out awesome and I am completely thrilled with it. Thanks so much for the great idea!

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  48. I too did this project last month and got it up on the wall. Feel mighty proud of it. Thanks for the share. Used ideas from others in the comments as well, such as black foam for background and sticky tac to hold few coins. Made the job easier!

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  49. Thank you for a great idea, I have so many coins and when we changed to decimal currency I kept 80 thrupences why I have no idea any suggestions On how to use them and what to coat them with to stop tarnishing

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  50. Awesome Idea, I am just browsing the web looking for ideas on how to recycle all my old coins. Gustavo Woltmann

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