Decorating with pennies is cheap and fun, and provides your guests with a conversation piece and an entertaining gimmick. An old practical joke is to glue a coin to the floor of a bar so patrons can watch as passers-by try in vain to pick it up. You can cover the entire floor with coins as an inexpensive and unusual way of creating a decorative feature in your bar.
Things You'll Need
- Dish soap
- Epoxy resin and hardener
Mix warm water and dish soap in a bucket, then drop in the pennies you would like to apply to the floor. Pennies are coated with oils, dirt and other debris that will prevent a good bond with the glue you'll use. Stir the contents of the bucket to be sure the pennies are thoroughly cleaned.
Pour out the water and soap mixture, then rinse the pennies with fresh water. Dump the water from the bucket, then lay the pennies on a towel and let them dry.
Mop the floor. If the pennies or the floor are dirty, you won't be able to get a good bond between the two.
Mix the epoxy resin and hardener according to the manufacturer's directions. Epoxy glues will create an incredibly strong bond, adhering to both the metal of the coins and the floor material.
Apply a small amount of epoxy to one side of the coin. Use a toothpick to transfer the epoxy to the coin, using about as much epoxy as a grain of rice for each coin. Either place one or two coins in a well-trafficked area as a joke, or apply coins in a mosaic pattern to completely cover the floor.
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