Introduction: Heart Pendant

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In this instructable you can read how to make a heart pendant from a coin.

- Coin
- Paper
- Cardboard
- Colored paper
- sponge
- Old t-shirt

- Scissor
- Hacksaw, dremel or grinder
- Drill
- (Super)glue
- Ruler
- Exacto knife
- Different grades of sandpaper
- Clamp
- Metal polish
- Cloth
- Hammer
- Center punch
- Pliers

Step 1: Choose a Coin

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For this project I used a Belgium 5 Franc coin.

The coin is made of aluminum bronze.

Aluminum bronze consists of 92% copper, 6% aluminum and 2% nickel.

Step 2: Shape the Coin

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Shape the coin in the form of a heart.

- Cut a heart out of paper in the size of the coin with a scissor
- Glue the heart with (super)glue on the coin
- Grind or cut the remaining material away with a hacksaw, dremel or cutting tool
- Remove the paper heart of the coin

If you find the pattern of the coin well, then you can proceed to the next step.
When you want a blank canvas or a mirror finish then continue with this step.

- Grind the pattern off the coin with a dremel, grinder or sandpaper

Step 3: Drill a Hole

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Drill a hole in the coin.

- Find a place where you want to drill the hole
- Mark the center of the hole with a center punch and a hammer
- Clamp the coin securely on top of a piece of scrap wood
- Drill a hole at the site of the markeering 
- Use the smallest drill bit you have (my smallest drill bit was 3mm)
- Sand the burrs off of the coin

Step 4: Sanding and Polishing

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- First use a dremel or grinder to sand the greatest scratches away
- Then use fine sandpaper to sand the little scratches off (I used 400 grade sandpaper)
- The finer the grade, the better the result
- For the very small scratches, I use a whetstone (a higher grade sandpaper is better)


- First use a dremel with polishing material
- Let the brush of the dremel go through the polishing material at a low level
- Increase the level and polish the coin
- Remove the polish of the coin with a cloth
- Polish the coin now for the last time with a liquid polish
- Put a little polish on a cloth and rub the coin
- Rub the coin until you see a mirror finish
- Remove the excess material with a clean cloth from the coin

Step 5: Place a Ring Through the Hole of the Pendant

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- Open the ring with pliers
- Place the ring in the hole of the pendant
- Close the ring with pliers
- Place the pendant to a necklace

Your hanger is finished.

Step 6: Make a Box

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Cut out the following pieces of cardboard

- 1 time a piece of 32 x 32 mm
- 4 times a piece of 34 x 0.75 mm

- 1 time a piece of 28 x 28 mm
- 4 times a piece of 30 x 15 mm

- Glue everything down in a windmill pattern
- Glue colored paper on the outside of the box, the outside of the lid and the inside of the lid
- Cut out 3 pieces of sponge to fit the inside of the box
- Cover the sponge with an old t-shirt and place the pieces in the box

Your gift is ready.

Happy Valentine's Day. 


DanielS992 (author)2017-03-23

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jthomson3000 (author)2015-03-13

Sooper lovely.

Verticees made it! (author)2014-04-12

Here is the finished pendant I made. I originally tried making it out of quarter, but it had little edges of copper near the edges since the quarters I used were not a solid material. So, I moved to using a nickel, which is a solid color through the entire way. Also, I hot glued the paper cutout of the heart onto the nickel instead of super glueing it so I could easily peel it from the nickel when done. Since I am 14, I didn't have much access to power tools (besides a drill). I used a hack saw to cut 3 basic lines, and used a straight file to even it to the paper cutout. I also used a triangular file to make the dip between the two arches, and then I evened that out using a finer straight file. Then, I drilled a hole, but the bit snapped. I found that using the top of the snapped bit made drilling much faster. After that, I used a fine file to grind off the surface of the coin. I left the lines of the file because I thought the reflection it made was interesting. For polishing, I used some lens cleaner and then some car wax. For the ring, I used a small loop from a keychain, and put the entire pendant on a chain from Michaels. When I gave it to her, she loved it! Thanks so much for this instructable!

Great work innovator007, I love the end result of your heart pendant. Keep up the good work!

Verticees (author)2014-03-03

This is a brilliant project, and I got a brilliant result. Thanks!

Great, do you have a picture of the result for me?

Sure, I just commented it as an "I Made It"!

shazni (author)2014-03-19

this is simple and nice

sabu.dawdy (author)2014-03-12

supper lovely

Thank you Sabu.dawdy :)

Diabolik Danger (author)2014-03-12

Thanks Chriswooten57!!

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being (author)kadyc2014-03-02

你好 哈哈

audreyobscura (author)2014-02-24

So cute, great work.

Thank you audreyobscura :)

jessyratfink (author)2014-02-27

What a fantastic idea. It looks so good! :D

Thank you very much :D

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