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Make a Fishing Lure from a Flattened Penny

When I was a kid we liked to put coins on a railroad tracks to squash them flat. You remember doing that? We then used these flat coins to make fishing lures and some simple jewelry pieces.

In this video, I’ll show you what you can make with a flattened penny.


To make these fishing lures, I used:

A rolling mill (to flatten the penny)
Letter punch with bracket sign from a punctuation letter punch set.
Small anvil
Fine grit sanding sponge
Bench grinder with a buffing wheel
Transparent nail polish (to protect the copper from oxidizing)

Final assembly of the bait includes:
Treble hook with feathers
Two split rings
Fishing swivel with a clip


10 thoughts on “Make a Fishing Lure from a Flattened Penny

  1. in wv when a 100 car loaded coal train runs over your penny you can use it to wrap a sandwich with when its done.

    1. In eu when a 100 car loaded freight train runs over your penny, you can use it to buy 1 ¢ worth of goods.

  2. So, let me get this straight– for ONLY $300-$500 dollars — (The cost of a rolling mill) I can take a penny, another $.60 worth of hardware, and half an hour of my time, I can make a spinner lure that would have cost me $2.49 at most tackle shops. Now why didn’t I think of that?? ;-)

    1. You can take 100 pennies and make 100 fishing lures and sell them for 3$. It will cost you 1$. You’ll make 2.99$ profit on each piece. Easy money.

    2. You’ll note that he’s using Canadian pennies, you get 1.5 of them for every American penny…so you have that going for you.

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Igor Vichikov

Hi. My name is Igor and I’m the creator of the InspireToMake YouTube channel. I love making stuff... woodworking, leather-craft, electronics, anything and everything I can put my hands on. To share my passion for DIY and craft, I make beautiful videos with the intention to inspire people to make cool things.

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