Cuff links were invented during the end of the 17th century to replace strings that were used to tie together the ends of shirt sleeves. The first cuff links were simple glass buttons joined together by a short, linked chain. As cuff links continued to evolve, more decorative variations emerged such as jewelled studs with short gold link chains and hand painted ornaments. Today, cuff links vary widely in design and materials.
Handmade coin cuff links can be unique gifts for special occasions as well as a stylish fashion accessory. Coin cuff links are also inexpensive and easy to make.
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Things you need
- 2 Coins (of any size)
- Super glue
- Cuff link backings (can usually be purchased from a craft story or jewelery bead store)
Select two coins of matching diameter. Make sure the coins are well cleaned and polished.
Place two small drops of super glue on the surface of the cuff link backing and immediately mount the coin on to the cuff link backing. Secure the coin firmly to the cuff link backing by adding light pressure to the coin and backing and the same time.
Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours before wearing or packaging as a gift.
Repeat steps 1-3 for each cufflink.
Tips and warnings
- You can also use enamel paint or gloss to add an even more decorative, finished look to your cuff links.
- If using bezel cuff link backings where there is an insert for the coin, it is important that you measure the coins so that they fit exactly into the indentation.
- Using rare coins or those made of precious metals will give your cuff links a more distinct look.
- Stainless steel cuff link backings are recommended for durability and style.
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