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Japanese Weaves Using Coins
Article © MAIL User: Aderamelech

Most of the work here is in drilling holes in the pennies. How you do that is up to you. If you have or can use a drill press, that would work well, but a hand drill with a metal drilling bit is fine. You can do one at a time, or tape several together to do at once. Of course, remember to be careful as you always should with power tools. A particular danger to watch for is the coins getting hot from friction. If you are holding them in your hand you will feel this and know when to stop to let them cool, but if you drill several at once, and are not holding them in your hand, be careful of the heat on them or the drill bit.

1) Each coin is a horizontal ring in the weave. You must drill a hole for every vertical ring that would go through this. So in this example it is four holes, for Japanese 4 in 1. Try to keep the holes at equal distances from each other and the edge of the coin.
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2) Now put vertical rings through all the holes you drilled, and that's all there is to it. Remember to keep in mind most any rules that apply to Japanese weaves apply here. (For example if you want to make polygon shapes you need to follow the method of making a Japanese 6-1 pentagon). Differences may come up because these coin sheets can only flex at the points between coins, so it is a bit more stiff than a regular Japanese sheet.
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