Welcome back to the arch build! Hope you all had great holidays. We spent Christmas with my family in Denver. We’ve been excited to get back to the arch project. We finished the grouting on all three arches and have installed them in the openings. The house is 1950’s house and so none of the openings were square. We evened out the distance they were off by and I’ll backfill with sanded grout that will match the rest of the mosaic.
After the arches were installed in the doorways, it became apparent that they needed to have some more mosaic built around them to visually tie them to the doorway. This is entailing a lot more pennies! While the pennies in the arches felt okay flat, it seemed that the faux columns on either side needed more dimension. My sweet husband offered to help me with dapping more pennies into domespennies around the doorways. I think it was something like 1500 for the arches.
Bending the pennies adds a finished touch to corners. I line the vice with leather so they don’t get marred. To get them evenly bent, I line up the edge of the vice with the lettering on the penny. I use my favorite plastic mallet to protect the penny finish and my joints. The plastic does a good job of absorbing the shock. I found mine on Rio Grand Jewelry Supply site. https://www.riogrande.com/product/pear-shaped-plastic-head-mallet/112235. I’ll, with my husband’s help, have bent and domed over 2500 pennies when all installed and finished. It’s starting to come along!
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