When we first decided to create our line of earrings, Maple Leaf Forever, we realized we needed a fast, easy, and inexpensive way to get the dirty street grime off of each penny. We started racking our brains (read: googling) for ideas and, after narrowly dodging a volcanic reaction due to mis-remembered grade 3 science facts, we found our solution (see what we did there?)
What you’ll need:
– White vinegar
– Salt…lots of it
– Baking sheet or large bowl – the more surface area the better
Spread your pennies on a baking sheet – try to avoid overlap, as the solution needs to cover all parts of the coin.
Pour a generous amount of vinegar over your pennies, ensuring all are entirely immersed in the liquid.
Sprinkle salt over pennies. A lot of salt. If you think you’ve added enough – add more.
Leave your coins to soak, moving them around the tray periodically (so you feel like you’re doing something to help)
Test your pennies by rubbing them with dry paper towel – the grime should come right off. If not, put them back in. More salt!
Repeat until your pennies are satisfactorily shiny
Craft until you are blue in the face