My Lucky Penny Necklace has a story, a history:
About seven or eight years ago, my daughter's friend, Taylor, suggested I make a necklace out of a penny. "Cute idea, Taylor!" I wanted to be nice...kids have all kinds of ideas. As I thought about her idea more and more my own ideas came together and this was the outcome. I tried soldering a bail to just the penny, but they would melt. Pennies aren't solid, quality copper anymore. They have all kinds of less desireable metal in them now. Too bad. So I set it in a sterling bezel, handstamped "Lucky" on the bail and put it on a crystal or a pearl chain. It has been a staple piece ever since. I owe Taylor BIG TIME. Sometimes kids help open our eyes to look at the simple and see them in a different light.
It has been copied. Blatently copied. I'm sure some of you can totally relate. We're supposed to take that as flattery, right? It kind of bugged me at first, but then it made me chuckle. Really? You couldn't make your own design? Give it your own twist? So sad. But knowing I came up with the design gave me the confidence to move forward and come up with even more designs. People will copy. It happens. But a true artist can move on to bigger and better things. Although, this 'lucky" design will always be a sentimental piece. (I try to remember to handstamp my logo on the back now. So you know you're getting an original!) I've even had to have a conversation with someone wearing a copy they made. Am I not supposed to notice it? Am I supposed to acknowledge it and say, "Cute penny!" Awkward. I just smile, pleasantly converse, and then walk away. It makes me laugh. "That was weird."