New Paint, new fun. Just what I needed to get excited again. I think I am having way too much fun. (Coin from Isle of Man & gators a siamese cat)
Wow! I have been exploring the idea of Quilt coins for almost 3 years now. . . and finally have my very first one!
My adventure started as I joined my husband in Quilting activities. He took up quilting when he retired in 2008 and joined the Santa Rosa Quilting Guild. Although I don't have the patience or time to get involved in quilting, I get tremendous pleasure out of joining him in some of the social parts of the hobby. We have gone to several Quilting retreats in Tahoe, and attend the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara. Both are lots of fun, and have given me a lot of color and artistic inspiration.
When I researched coins, I found that not one country issued a coin with a quilt theme. So then I took some classes in metal clay, glass clay, etc. The price point and labor for these were high, and when I added that it really wasn't what I wanted to do with my limited time, they became abandoned ideas.
Recently I began the daily task of researching having custom coins made. Unfortunately, most companies had minimum orders of at least 500 coins and we're way out of my price range. After about a month, I came across a company that uses computer technology which eliminates the high set up fees. Better yet, their minimum order was only 50 coins. With their excellent customer service and help, I got the first order placed.
Waiting for the order to come seemed to take forever, but they showed up when promised. This photo is of the first one I painted, and I have already listed it in my store. I am so excited to be reaching my goal. I am painting more, each in different color combinations. What fun!
I looked for ages for a dragonfly coin before finding this one. Unfortunately, it turns out this coin is really hard to find. It was issued as part of a set for children, to interest them in coin collecting. The series featured backyard insects, and all of them except this one were. .. insects. You know what I mean, kinda creepy crawly things little boys might like.
Regardless of the rest of the set, this coin is very pretty, especially with some color and shine added. It was fun to paint, and if I am lucky I might find another one some day.
The first one I painted a couple of years ago and emailed a picture of it to my sister Ginny to show off. She bought it before the rest of the world got to see it. Her colors, etc. Actually nice it stayed in the family if it is going to be so hard to find these.
So I just put this one on my online store and it will be fun to watch and see if anyone snaps it up, or whether it will be around for me to look at and enjoy for a while.
What a cool coin to paint! When I saw this 2012 silver coin from Canada, I knew I wanted to paint it. My original thought was red and black, dramatic colors for this design was appropriate. Then I decided hot pink would be more fun. Then what I call a "happy accident" happened. The silver surface was so slick that the paint moved away a bit from edges when curing. Easy to fill in but then I decided to go for the passion and use an orange instead. I have to admit I am rather pleased with the results :)
I made these two for the Silent Auction for the Sonoma Humane Society. One dog & one cat seemed appropriate. It was really a fun project, even if pretty time consuming. Besides hand painting the coins, I hand made the matching beaded Kumihimo Japanese braided necklaces for each of them. Unique and hopefully will raise a good sum for this wonderful nonprofit.
Once in a while I donate one of my pendants to a good cause. I decided to donate a kitten pendant, made with a coin from Isle of Man, to the Volunteer raffle for the Sonoma Humane Society. This is an annual event where the staff thank the many volunteers for their huge contribution of time to help the dogs, cats, and rabbits that are eventually adopted.
I was very delighted that Kate won the pendant. Kate does a lot of volunteer work, and more importantly has become someone I refer to as my "bead buddy." We like to compare our projects and learn from each other.
She decided to make this beautiful Kumihimo Japanese braid to match her pendant, and it turned out wonderful. I love that she added a few silver beads near the coin to highlight the color of the coin.
Kate is a very generous soul, so I know she is the type to donate this beautiful set to a good cause. Even still, I am really hoping she decides to keep it for herself to wear and enjoy. Either way, I am very happy my pendant ended up in her hands.
Sometimes I find something really different, and I end up keeping it for myself. My husband actually found this medal on eBay. It is a Lions Club medal, which we both belongto, and made of approximately 1 oz of silver. It is obviously from Texas with the "Remember the Alamo" theme. I was unable to find out much more, and haven't found another one like it.
If the lettering on it means anything, it might have been a fundraising project from 1936, but that is an educated guess on my part.
Regardless of its history, it was a pleasure to paint and I enjoy wearing it and sharing it with people when I do.
This is a stunning coin design of African Elephants. It is a bullion coin, and contains 1 oz of pure silver. This design was issued in 2014 and is part of a series of African wildlife. A mystery surrounds whether this series of coins is actually legal tender from Somalia, due to the condition of the country and its government. They are, regardless, high quality and made at the Munich Mint in Germany.
The elephant has had symbolic meaning for many cultures. The elephant has long been regarded as a symbol of divine wisdom in India.
Sovereigns often assumed titles such as "lord of the elephants" or "the white elephant". The qualities of the elephant are recognized throughout the Orient: longevity, strength, patience, endurance and self-restraint. The ability of elephants to aid in battle led to their additional symbolic meaning of triumph, power and victory. Elephants are large land mammals with only three species living today: African Bush elephant, African forest elephant and Asian elephant.
The elephant's gestation period is 22 months, the longest of any animal. The name elephant originates with the Greek word for "ivory".
I love the creative design of this coin from Cyprus featuring a tree that the trunk is carved as a woman's body. It was issued in 1985 to commemorate the International Year of the Forest.
A number of countries minted coins with this theme, and honoring FAO, Food & Agriculture Organization for their work in supporting that industry.
This island off Great Britain has issued a Crown coin each year with a cat breed on it for 25 years. Each of them are about 1-1/2 inches (38mm) in size, or the same size as a USA silver dollar.
The first coin in the series had a Manx cat on it since this cat originated from Isle of Man. A very fun series to collect, they are referred to as "cat crowns" in coin collecting circles.
The most popular category I sell of coin jewelry is Turtles. When I started selling my work, this really surprised me. Since then I have heard the many reasons people request them, and even met some active members of a Turtle club in the Sacramento area with about 1,000 members. Amazing!
This particular turtle coin is from the island of Fiji, and is made for them by the mint in New Zealand. It is a silver bullion coin made of 1/2 ounce of silver, and the smaller version of their 1 oz coin.
This was a fun project at doing something new for me. This time I made a hand braided kumihimo with seed beads as a cord to go with my pendant. The cord is a simple design with one color, and brings out the best in the coin. Kumihimo braiding is an ancient craft from Japan, and the cords were used to secure Samarai swords.
The coin from the Bahamas features two flamingos. The Flamingo is the state bird of the Bahamas and I particularly love this bold design on this big coin the size of a US silver dollar.
I made this set as a custom one-of-a-kind item, with placing it at the art gallery, Local Color in Bodega Bay, in mind.
This small coin from the Bahamas is a favorite of mine for many reasons, including its unusual shape. It features a Hibiscus flower and the design is just lovely.
This coin was fairly common in its day, and was a circulated coin or "pocket change" in its country. It's coin value is 15 cents and it was minted in the years between 1966 and 1989.
The coins are still pretty easy for me to buy from coin dealers, so it is a regular item on my Online store.
Coin Jewelry Gallery & Stories
This blog is my chance to share the stories behind the coins I paint, and the artist experiences I have. To help find older posts, I have put the posts in Categories (below) by type of animal coin.