On a recent trip to the Baltic, I visited lovely Copenhagen where bicycles are the main mode of transportation for many residents. Rush hour consists of hoards of people of every size, shape and age, peddling along in huge groups toward their jobs. Bike lanes are serious business in Copenhagen. The happy and friendly personalities Danes are noted for will disappear in a flash if you step into their lane.
I came home from my vacation with the impressive image of hundreds of bicycles streaming through traffic each morning. I also returned with extra Krones which are equal to about 21 cents each. It didn’t take me long to decide what to do with them - make a bike! The .75” tires on this cute little bike are Krone coins. The rest of the project is made with various beads, wire and a decorative cone shaped end cap which forms the flower basket. You don’t need Krones to create this project. Buttons or coins from other countries can be substituted. Any disk with a hole in the center will work. The template for the bicycle shape is included to guide you through the wire work.
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step 7 - Cut a 4” piece of 18 gauge wire. Place a coin in the center of the wire with flat spacer beads on both sides. Bend the wires on both sides upward and flat.
At Craft Store
- .75” coins
- 18 gauge round wire
- 22 gauge round wire
- flat spacer beads
- 1/4” long tube beads
- 7mm jump rings
- knitting needle
- beads in various colors and sizes
- cone shaped bead cap
- jewelry pliers