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Posted by on Feb 11, 2011 in Artist's Eye, Featured | 4 comments

Artist’s Eye on Ireland: Irish Harp

Irish Harp, Wally Charm www.acutabovecoins.etsy.com

Wally continues the ancient craft of piercing which involves drilling small holes in a piece of metal (in his case unique coins) and cutting out an often detailed design by hand.

He works with coins from around the world and includes many Irish coins… including coins that were in circulation before the introduction of the Euro in Ireland. This Irish harp pendant reflects his interest in traditional Irish music… at Irish sessions near his home in Seattle, Washington, Wally plays the uilleann pipes and his wife plays the banjo and fiddle.

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4 Comments

  1. This is amazing! I had no idea this craft even existed.

  2. Looks pretty excellent this art piece. I especially like the musical background to it.

  3. STUNNING! I have seen this technique before, it is an awesome way to have wearable memories, histories and artistry. Much like Liam’s wonderful items :) Thanks for sharing off to check out the website. What a great and generous idea, and we all benefit <3

  4. While the designs are pretty, I would caution people about wearing the silver-colour coins as jewellery. Almost all silver colour coins contain nickel. In fact the American 5-cent piece, (a.k.a “the nickel”) contains 25% nickel and 75% copper. The 1 and 2 euro coins do as well. Apparently the gold-brass coloured euro coins do not; the European Union considered nickel allergy when they chose the metal formulation for these coins, and made them with 89% copper, 5% aluminium and 1% zinc.

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