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A Different Kind of Art. Skull Nickels

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posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 03:30 PM
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Just thought i would share something cool I ran across that I have never heard of. It has been going on since the 18th century. I was just wondering if anyone around here has heard of this or done it? It is a interesting type of a art you don't see everyday really.

It is called Scraping away the Skin on Skull Nickels.

Apparently it is done on what is called "Hobo Nickels." A snipe from the site:




The term “Hobo Nickel” describes any small-denomination coin (though, normally soft nickels) that people carve to create miniature reliefs of…well, all sorts of things. It started sometime in the 18th century but continues to this day; There’s even an entire society dedicated to the art of nickel carving.


You can see the Photos of the ART HERE




posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 03:35 PM
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Wow that is incredible ive never seen any art like this before. nice find.



posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 03:38 PM
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I'm familiar with hobo nickels, even carved a few of those.
Skull nickels are way more interesting.
(believe it or not, it would take several hundred dollars worth of work to create one)
engraving is not an easy art, I spent 25 years working as one.

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posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 03:38 PM
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Originally posted by Avpreality
Wow that is incredible ive never seen any art like this before. nice find.


It is pretty cool eh? I hope someone around here may have a grandfather or something like that they may remember doing it!



posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 03:40 PM
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That is quite unique. almost makes me want to start doing it. I already do metalworking so it wouldn't be too hard. Very nice artwork and quite badass if I do say so myself.



posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 03:41 PM
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Originally posted by Asktheanimals
I'm familiar with hobo nickels, even carved a few of those.
Skull nickels are way more interesting.
(believe it or not, it would take several hundred dollars worth of work to create one)
engraving is not an easy art, I spent 25 years working as one.

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Very Sweeeet!!!! I was hoping someone was familiar with this. May I ask why it is so expensive to create? Or just a little of what it entails? 25 years on a project in itself is fascinating in its own right.



posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 04:11 PM
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Interesting stuff. Some of them are really good.

I couldn't help but think how strangely appropriate a skull on a nickle is in today's economy.



posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 08:33 PM
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It would take many hours to reshape the coin using very tiny flat chisels (1/8"across being the largest tool).
Creating a standard crest on a signet ring can take anywhere from 4 - 16 hours depending on the complexity of the design.
Anyone wants to try have a go at it, I'd love to see the results



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