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Title: Belly dancer Coins
Post by: Rogue Hidesmith on August 21, 2011, 08:23:28 AM
Yesterday I was gifted with a large pile of the metal "coins" you see on coin belts, like the kind belly dancers or gypsy characters wear. I was wondering what the heck I can do with them.  ;D

(http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/313214_1980738233231_1086445855_31736230_3875512_n.jpg)

There's probably a few thousand there in varying sizes. I'm not much of a sewer so I'd appreciate any idea you have!

Thanks so much :)
Title: Re: Belly dancer Coins
Post by: WindChime on August 21, 2011, 11:35:33 PM
What kind of items do you normally make? I would suggest earrings but if I knew what you already make I can give you some ideas maybe. I am a craftaholic. I love to make items with lots of different mediums for it makes life interesting.
Title: Re: Belly dancer Coins
Post by: Rogue Hidesmith on August 22, 2011, 09:08:50 AM
I primarily do leather work. So you can see I'm at a bit of a loss here!
Title: Re: Belly dancer Coins
Post by: Dinobabe on August 22, 2011, 09:14:25 AM
Sell them!  Bellydancers are always looking for coins to make their own costume pieces.  I just bought 100 antique coins on ebay.

Are they the cheap "tink, tink" kind or heavier metal?  Do you also have silver?
Title: Re: Belly dancer Coins
Post by: Rogue Hidesmith on August 22, 2011, 11:49:18 AM
As far as I know they're the cheap kind. I have gold, silver and copper colored coins.  I'll sell them if I can't find anything to do with them. But since they were given to me, I'd hate to just turn around and sell them right off the bat.
Title: Re: Belly dancer Coins
Post by: Auryn on August 22, 2011, 12:38:22 PM
I do leatherwork also
you could punch holes in them and make some funky scale maille
Title: Re: Belly dancer Coins
Post by: isabelladangelo on August 22, 2011, 02:59:36 PM
There is an extant hat from about 1600, German, that is COVERED in sequins - you could make a play on that.

http://wkneedle.bayrose.org/Articles/stars_spangles_studs.html

Title: Re: Belly dancer Coins
Post by: brooke on August 22, 2011, 04:09:28 PM
could you add lines of accent to your leather peices?  Not sure what leatherwork you do, but the gold against a black or brown leather would be a beautiful contrast.  Could be added using fine leather string/line to sew them to your peices. 

I like all things better when they have a bit of shine and sound that the coins could add :)
Title: Re: Belly dancer Coins
Post by: Rogue Hidesmith on August 22, 2011, 04:43:18 PM
could you add lines of accent to your leather peices?  Not sure what leatherwork you do, but the gold against a black or brown leather would be a beautiful contrast.  Could be added using fine leather string/line to sew them to your peices. 

I like all things better when they have a bit of shine and sound that the coins could add :)

I mostly make masks right now, but lining the bottom edges of some of the styles might be really neat. I'll have to make some up to try them out.