Repurposing an old vase, or even lamps, boxes, plates... What a cool and neat idea! pennies and odd cool coins or loose change... turned into treasures or art! Hey... you could even use buttons and do this technique on a vase or even on a frame... so great! More
Pennies How to Change Color of Pennies Pennies, 1/4 c white vinegar, 1 tsp salt, A clear, shallow bowl (not metal), Paper Towels. Mix salt vinegar in bowl. Stir til salt dissolves. Add pennies. After 5 min, take out half of pennies; Put on paper towel. Remove rest of pennies. Rinse them really well under running water, put on a paper towel. In abt 1 hour rinsed pennies will look shiny and unrinsed pennies will be coated with a blue-green compound called malachite.
Even discarded keys and coins can be turned into beautiful art with some creativity and the right sort of know-how. Michael (or Moerkey), an artist in Australia, does exactly that, turning discarded keys and coins into bottles, lampshades and other beautiful recycled metal sculptures.