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Penny Collection

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PRODUCT STORY
The Penny Collection was born out of the current state of the economy, the raise in metal costs and the current debate on whether the penny is useless. Well I'll tell you, the penny is far from useless. Using traditional patination processes I am able to turn ordinary pennies into extraordinary works of wearable art. We like to call it jewelry for the new economy.
MATERIALS
Brass and patinated U.S. currency, gold plated chain.
ARTIST / DESIGNER
Megan Isaacs
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Julia, Community Organizer

September 06, 2011 09:48:45 AM

Give us your two cents. We picked Megan's penny collection for the semi-final round of the Uncommon Jewelry Design Challenge. If you love her clever designs, she could become a finalist!

Laurie
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September 06, 2011 05:01:21 PM

Love the idea, but for the price, I would expect better hardware than just craft shop jump rings

kkrrbb
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September 06, 2011 05:05:21 PM

the patina is great on those pennies!

LJ
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September 06, 2011 05:25:44 PM

I really love the unique style of these pieces. While I do think they're pretty amazing, I wouldn't pay the estimated price for them.

Megan
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September 06, 2011 05:37:13 PM

Thank you for the great comments!Laurie - The $100 is a price estimate since the line has 15 styles that range from $40 to $450 depending on the piece. Most items in the Penny Collection are under $100 though and all the ear wires are gold filled. Enjoy and thank you once again. I am honored to be chosen for the Uncommon Goods challenge.

lindsey
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September 06, 2011 05:43:39 PM

love these!

Victoria
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September 06, 2011 05:58:24 PM

I'm afraid I had to give it a hands down. I love the concept, but I really don't like the color of the jump rings and chain used.

jeez
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September 06, 2011 07:44:59 PM

Exquisite!!

Deborah
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September 06, 2011 08:48:58 PM

Very Clever! I didn't know what these were at first. The price is a bit high since there's not a whole lot of design involved.

Sam
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September 06, 2011 10:15:22 PM

What a wonderful idea! In the small images you can hardly tell what it is...close up they are awesome looking! SO inventive!

Donna
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September 06, 2011 10:27:51 PM

Just a bit too expensive! After all, they're only pennies!

Sheila
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September 06, 2011 10:51:09 PM

Nice pieces ... I would wear ....

Kat

September 07, 2011 12:21:57 AM

interesting but I don't care for the brass. Are the pennies coated so the patina does not wear off on you?

Dianna
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September 07, 2011 01:09:55 AM

Sorry....may be clever but I don't condone the use of US currency to be made into jewelry...

Lisa
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September 07, 2011 05:37:40 AM

if this is the real green verdigris, I hope you include the info about it being toxic ! "erdigris consists of various poisonous copper compounds, one should always wash one's hands after handling" (wiki)

stef
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September 07, 2011 07:53:00 AM

Yuck! Patina looks messy

Lauren
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September 07, 2011 08:00:51 AM

it just looks heavy; like it would feel like a millstone by the end of the day.

Megan
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September 07, 2011 08:25:17 AM

Hello Victoria, Lisa and Diana, thank you for your comments. First off I wanted to reply to the question about the patina wearing off.. I seal the pennies 4 times on each side before they are used in the pieces. I have never had any complaints about the patina coming off on clothing or skin. I even spilled a johnny walker black on my penny tie and it didn't even turn colors or eat away at the sealant. As for the US currency debate it is 100 egal to use pennies in this way. It is protected by the same law that protects those penny rolling machines you see at amusement parks. I hope I have been able to help clear up some questions and I want to thank everyone who is voting. It means a lot to me. Thank you! Best, Megan Isaacs

Allyson
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September 07, 2011 09:48:36 AM

Great concept, just don't like the designs and materials.

Seneca
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September 07, 2011 10:25:05 AM

Love this!

Maureen

September 07, 2011 10:38:10 AM

A little expensive, but I like it. Pennies, saved!

Jessie
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September 07, 2011 10:43:40 AM

Wish I could purchase them separately.

Jessica
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September 07, 2011 11:43:14 AM

This IS NOT how you make pennies into $100.

Kim
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September 07, 2011 11:53:50 AM

Want to like this but the lack of detail and creativity on the assembly is too distracting. Looks like cheap earwires and jump rings from the corner bead shop. For this price there needs to be more attention to the subtle details.

Stephanie
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September 07, 2011 12:17:00 PM

I like them, little pricey though and not a fan of brass

Maile
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September 07, 2011 12:19:38 PM

Cool concept, but I would worry about clothing stains and also think pennys don't warrant mounting on gold plated chain. Is a cheaper chain option possible?

SUSAN
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September 07, 2011 01:01:58 PM

Very interesting. Have you tried a little less patina? The price of $100 is a little high for my pocket. Not a fan of the jump rings.. perhaps if they were solder closed it would give a more finished look.

Heather

September 07, 2011 01:10:28 PM

cute, but $100 for a few pennies? I would buy it if it were cheaper.

Anne
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September 07, 2011 01:18:33 PM

interesting, espeically the colors

mindy

September 07, 2011 02:30:11 PM

I do like this look, however the materials are around 10 cents, and I doubt the work justifies $90 profit.

Mary
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September 07, 2011 02:44:45 PM

Cute idea, but $100!! Will the patina rub off on ones skin?

Jan
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September 07, 2011 05:06:26 PM

Too expensive for my economy!

Ann
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September 07, 2011 05:16:21 PM

100 dollars for 8 cents. something is wrong here

amy
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September 07, 2011 06:38:50 PM

Little spendy, but I love pennies for jewelry!

Akiko
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September 07, 2011 06:38:59 PM

The earrings and triangle necklace could be more interesting. But the overlapping coin necklace is lovely. The rich layers of blues/greens next to the gold is beautiful. It would make a great matching bracelet.

Elizabeth
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September 07, 2011 07:11:28 PM

Gorgeous! I love the weathered copper look, and inventive use of the old change jar!

Melissa
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September 07, 2011 10:47:12 PM

I could make these for a few bucks

Diane
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September 07, 2011 11:18:58 PM

I like this unique idea but the price is too high.

Julia
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September 08, 2011 01:06:05 PM

For the price, the jump rings look rather inexpensive. Clever idea!

C
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September 08, 2011 01:15:32 PM

for something made out of pennies, the price is just insulting

jacqui
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September 08, 2011 03:32:08 PM

love it !

Ashley

September 09, 2011 02:54:50 AM

So beautiful, unique, truly striking pieces!!

ciara

September 10, 2011 11:36:04 AM

Is it $100 for the three different accessories or for each individual product? The earrings look a little heavy.

Heidi
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September 10, 2011 07:28:11 PM

Wouldn't this be considered some sort of destruction of government property?

MIRIAM
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September 10, 2011 10:35:52 PM

Anyone can make this on the cheap. Even me!!!!

Kat
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September 10, 2011 11:02:24 PM

This is terrific. The patination process makes these pennies look lovely, I would definitely buy these.

mary

September 11, 2011 08:26:57 PM

Love the idea, but price is too high.

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

September 12, 2011 10:54:46 AM

Thanks for the question, Heidi! According to an earlier comment by Megan Isaacs, the designer of the Penny Collection, making jewelry from pennies is not considered destruction of government property. It is completely legal, and protected by the same law that protects those rolling machines that stamp your pennies into fun designs at amusement parks.

Lisa
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September 12, 2011 02:53:27 PM

I actually own the Pyramid penny necklace by Megan, and I get so many compliments it's ridiculous! Most don't even know they are pennies until they get up close! They think they are stones or some other material. A true conversation piece. Oh, and, I haven't had an issue with the patina either. Well done, Megan....I hope you win!

Christine
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September 12, 2011 03:07:37 PM

Price too high and seems it would be very heavy, let alone the fact that it is not very attractive.

Michelle
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September 13, 2011 11:17:53 PM

love the color, pricey tho

Lisa
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September 14, 2011 12:55:47 AM

I like the basic concept, but would like it better with copper finishings instead of the brass/gold.

Sandy
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September 14, 2011 01:09:20 AM

Love the color of the patina!

Frieda
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September 14, 2011 02:41:02 AM

$100 for something I could easily do myself for much cheaper? No thank you

angela
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September 14, 2011 08:08:29 AM

nope sorry

Mary
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September 14, 2011 05:46:29 PM

I thought that it was illegal to deface or destroy US Currency?

Xena
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September 14, 2011 10:32:22 PM

I feel like the green would rub off on clothing or skin.

Erika

September 15, 2011 03:56:54 PM

creative concept

Dee
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September 17, 2011 03:10:52 PM

I hate pennies, ick. I think I smell them from here. And to pay $100 for them, heck no. If I could get over my penny phobia I couldn't get past the somewhat off proportions of brass, gold, and copper.

Kelly
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September 19, 2011 05:39:30 AM

It seems like pennies would be too heavy to wear on your ears and gold plate wears off. Yet I do love the layered penny nacklace and if the chain were oxidized or a better quality chain used and a bit more layering I might be able to justify a higher price. Yet I love the idea of transformation.

Dana
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September 19, 2011 06:29:19 PM

Cute but not worth $100

Alicia
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September 19, 2011 08:18:12 PM

BUT I only like the necklace, the earrings don't work for some reason, but maybe on a model would have a different view.

savannah

September 30, 2011 12:38:22 AM

i thought this was an awesome idea! i really wish this could be available for purchase, it was very unique!

Katie

October 04, 2011 09:05:13 PM

I love this penny set, why wouldn't you sell it? the pennies have been turned a pretty color of turqouis and its a very cute set

Elizabeth

October 17, 2011 06:22:35 PM

Like it a lot. ZVery different.

thanks for commenting

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