Wednesday, May 20, 2009

We are Penny Killers

Last week Holly and I got together and decided to play with some power tools. The general idea was to drill holes in pennies, so that we could use these wheat pennies for various craft idea's that we both have.

Neither of us have 100% figured out the creations we'll make with these, just a general idea - so that's a whole other blog post hehe.

These pennies didn't come out of the jar looking as great as they do now. They were all dull, boring, and well.....they looked like pennies. It took us a little trial and error but finally the eco friendly housewife that I am came out and I remembered my green brass polishing combo - lemons and salt.
We had tried some other combo's that were quite exciting - like white vinegar and baking soda, a personal favorite of mine! But, alas, the salt and lemon juice worked best! Scrubbed those pennies right up!

Then we drilled the pennies, which, also required a lot of trial, error, and makeshift protective eye wear (sunglasses, I'm such a diva lol)

We were finally able to get some good pennies with nice sized holes drilled, but - not without a few casualties. Here is the obligatory "In Memorial" pic of the drill bits and pennies that were harmed in the creation process.....

if you want to see some more pics, or Holly's blog on these pennies - check it out!
More pics on Holly's flickr
Holly's Blog about the Pennies


  1. I love this idea! I was thinking about pennies not to long ago , I have a railroad track behind my house,A train might come by 4 times a year but , I thought about placing a few pennies on the track to flatten them out.Hmm.. flattened pennies with a hole...

  2. I have always wanted to try that flattened penny/train thing! Train tracks freak me out, I saw the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" one too many times as a kid lol...where the guy gets his foot stuck hehehee.

    If you do though - blog about it!

  3. oh no! If I do, I will, I will stand far back!!:)