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Another way to title this would be "Turning memories into more memories."

I've been wanting to give back to the instructables community for years. I've wanted to contribute a new idea to the community, but alas I've been reminded of Mark Twain: "There is no such thing as a new idea." In researching how to bring my idea to fruition, I've seen a lot of other people accomplish similar things. The major contributor to my idea was watching this video on Makezine. It is really well done, but I don't own a jewelers rolling mill and can't afford one. I also don't own a set of punches or dies. When I watched that video through again last spring it hit me how I can do something similar.

I like collecting pressed pennies (also called Elongated Coins). They are cheap, small, easy to transport home, and help me to remember a trip as well or better than larger souvenirs like coffee mugs. But, I was running into a problem: they were starting to stack up in my childhood piggy bank. That's when it hit me to use the memories that I've pulled from many disparate places into new memories on the water with my children.

While this isn't truly $0.51 cents to make this (hooks, split rings, tools, etc.), it is pretty darn close. I already had everything I needed to make these on hand and I'm sure with some creativity you can figure out how to do something similar.

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First things first. Get all your ideas, no matter how dumb, on paper. You won't realize how dumb or smart they are until you've written them down. Think things through. Come up with other ideas. Brainstorm with a friend or relative. Besides, if you forget an idea later on, you still have it. Remember, "The weakest ink is better than the strongest memory."

JoeV242 years ago

Uhh. Err. Balsa is technically a hardwood. It's an angiosperm.

Jobar007 (author)  JoeV242 years ago

Correct. The only reason I called Balsa out is that it is entirely too soft for this purpose. Most people think that hardwoods are always harder than softwoods, but this is not the case (Balsa is a good example and Yew is a good example the other way). I suggested getting a soft softwood for a couple of reasons: 1) they are common in the form of big box dimensional lumber; 2) they are cheap or free due to the first reason. Go talk to a construction worker and I'm sure you can get some soft dimensional 2x4 scrap for free.

JoeV24 Jobar0072 years ago

Yeah - I collect 2x4s and 2x6s from construction sites and build them into bass guitars.

I don't want to scoop your post, so I won't upload a pix here.

Maybe I can get some pennies flattened by the train that goes through town tomorrow. The train is very slow and I bet the pennies will come out nice and flat.

Jobar007 (author)  JoeV242 years ago

That'd be fun to see. If you get them made up, please post pictures!

ammonpm2 years ago

Such a simple and cool idea. I wish I had a brother with like you to go fishing with.

Jobar007 (author)  ammonpm2 years ago

Thanks Brother!

rayp15113 years ago

I like this! Well done.

And thank you for the tip on closing the barb for catch and release. I never heard about that before and will be doing that from now on.

Jobar007 (author)  rayp15113 years ago


While pinching the barb is good for catch and release (since it makes the release easier) it is also harder to keep the fish on the hook (because the release is easier). Just keep that in mind and keep pressure on the line while you get the fish in as fast as possible and you should be good.

Hi jobar007
You did a Great job, keep sharing new ideas.
The idea curving some metal is great, I am impressed, we can use this technique in many DIY (do it yourself) projects.
Thanx a lot for sharing this idea.

Jobar007 (author)  Searchsolution3 years ago

Thank you for your kind words. I hope that the carriage bolt idea helps others to experiment with new materials without investing a lot of money in tools.

seamster3 years ago

These are great! Excellent first instructable too. Nice to see from one of the long-timers on the site ;)

Jobar007 (author)  seamster3 years ago