Even discarded keys and coins can be turned into beautiful art with some creativity and the right sort of know-how. Michael (or Moerkey), an artist in Australia, does exactly that, turning discarded keys and coins into bottles, lampshades and other beautiful recycled metal sculptures.
In her series, "Tondi observations," contemporary artist Jacqueline Lou Skaggs paints miniature oil paintings on the copper surface of discarded U.S. pennies. Interestingly, as she points out in her description of the series, her actions elevate the value of the coins while simultaneously defacing them.
On my trip this year I amassed quite the collection of coins from around the place. I always like to keep one or two coins or a small bank note from the places I go, so I'll often pick the one I like the most early on and take it out of my wallet so I don't spend it. But then I'm really bad at spending all my change before I leave so I inadvertently end up with way more than I wanted once I'm home. Especially after I've emptied all my bags and found all the extra coins that found their way…
Repurposing an old vase, or even lamps, boxes, plates... What a cool and neat idea! pennies and odd cool coins or loose change... turned into treasures or art! Hey... you could even use buttons and do this technique on a vase or even on a frame... so great! More