Take an Iron ( not copper ) penny add two small but Powerful NIB magnets
and you can assemble this fun conversation starter.
It's an easily wearable personal iconographical boost.
Step 1: Tools & Materials
This tool is your trusty computer, which is necessary to buy the two NIB magnets.
I recommend you get ten of everything............. your friends will love it.
And if your as old as the coin as I am get 20 of each.
First you need a clean 1943 iron penny. This is available through a numismatist ( coin ) shop.
- I used to buy the iron pennies from Wonder Magnet.
- More recently I would buy 50 at a time about 40¢ each last year from a local coin shop.
You need one NdFeB Neodymium-iron-boron Disc Magnet, 3/8 in. x 1/8 in.
- Available from Forcefield Magnet
And you need one NdFeB Neodymium-iron-boron Disc Magnet, 3/8 in. x 1/16 in.
- Also available from Forcefield Magnet.
Step 2: What Is an Iron Penny
An Iron penny is basically made of.........Zinc coated Steel.
it can and does Rust,
but the color is Blue like steel pic_1.
it is Magnetic and is strongly attracted to magnets.
The penny was made by the US in 1943, because of the War effort that needed the Copper for bullets.
Real 95% Copper pennies circa 1960 weigh o.11 ounces, while Iron pennies weigh o.10 ounce each.
Keep in mind there has been No significant Copper in American pennies since the 1983.
Present coinage is 2.5% Copper 97.5% Zinc per penny, circa 2000 weigh only o.09 ounces today.
See the four Iron pennies attached to a small stack of 3/8" diameter horizontal magnets.
And the five iron pennies step-stacked with a sixth vertical iron penny held in position by NIB magnets.
Step 3: NIB's Have More Pull
"They have replaced other types of magnets in the many applications in modern products
that require strong permanent magnets, such as motors in cordless tools, hard disk drives,
and magnetic fasteners" and toys.
Two 3/8" Magnets are the fasteners to promote this rare iron penny on clothes
hanging on from your body.
These magnets are Not-Metal but a Ceramic,
They cannot be drilled or machined,
They shatter into sharp little black glassy shards
They cannot be soldered or welded they die about 350º
The thin nickle plating conducts electricity.
NIB magnets larger than a few centimeters are strong enough to cause injuries
to body parts pinched between two magnets.
Magnets allowed to get too near each other can strike each other with
enough force to chip and shatter the brittle material, and the flying chips
can cause injuries.
There have even been cases where young children who have swallowed
several magnets have had a fold of the digestive tract pinched between
the magnets, causing injury or death.
See a 100 each 1/8'' and 1/16 stacked nickle plated ( gold plate is available )
magnets holding one iron penny.
See also the two individual NIBs in relation to a copper penny for a relative size.
These small magnets are safe to handle on skin.
!! WARNING !!
These little magnets Will destroy your smart phone, MP3 player hard drives permanently,
Wipe your credit cards and magnetize and Lock up mechanical watches.
So, keep your iPhone and iPod ½ foot away from these magnets.
I do not assume any responsibility for any damage you cause
by leaving these magnets lying around loose.
I keep my unused magnets in a steel folder box.
Step 4: Wearing Iron
Wearing the Iron Penny
Place the magnets on both sides of a T-shirt, if you are a guy.
You gals might have to anchor the magnets on a bra strap under your blouse.
Separating the magnets is easily done by sliding them apart with both hands.
!!! DANGER !!!
IF You Have Imbedded Heart Electronics Under Your Skin
Like a Defibrillator or a Heart Pacemaker.
!! DO NOT USE THIS ADORNMENT !!
When you decide to wear and display the Iron penny.
You should be aware that removing the coin is best separated by sliding the penny sideways off the magnet.
Don't pull, you will only distend your clothing.
Undressing at night without first removing the coin, can send it anywhere in a room
depending on how you disrobe.
Step 5: Fun of Magnets
Weather you believe, that if you enjoy it you will be messy at it, or not.
The penny can let you look Techie while wearing a serviette for Lunch
and not spattered over your shirt or blouse .
Or do you need a third hand at the Theater for a ticket pass ??
Step 6: Pennies at the Burn
Have a Look around the desert.
See the author wearing penny with a Gorgeous Scandinavian Wife.
Followed by Ben dispensing a truck of his welcome ice creme
making burners smile girls stretching out.
Even Cops and a Feminazi crack a grin.
Work your way bartering things for things until you are on top of it all last pic.
Step 7: Trading in the Desert
Author ( POP ) and #1 Daughter burners both posing with Ferric penny.
Author spinning his wheel at the Belgian Waffle then commiserating with a buddy.
You can see an Iron penny on the shirt I wear in pic_2.
You are asked to, barter and discouraged from buying anything but water, coffee, ice and
the mounting effluent tank pumping truck.
The magnets and iron penny are sought after barter goods even
by pro dancers for the main event in pic_3.
By this end of the week the playa dust has gotten into the camera and every other thing.
And I have bartered and given away my 100 Iron iconographic treasures.