My sculpture is leaning a little to the left. As I pile the pennies onto the sculpture, I position them with meaning. Quadrants: left lower is negative, right upper is positive, right lower is falling, left upper is rising. The rising quadrant has the most pennies so far, and I think that’s a good way … read more Day 100: Copper river
After handling a lot of pennies, I feel vaguely ill. The Daily Mail claims a 1-Euro coin is dirtier than a toilet seat; and the Internet is filled with similar dire warnings about how dirty money is. But read the fine print and pay attention to the realities of risk. First of all, the amount of … read more Day 18: Dirty money
I wondered at first if this was some kind of copper allergy, but that seems unlikely… to quote one site, According to a 1998 report in the British Medical Journal, from 1960 to 1976, St John’s Institute of Dermatology treated only one case of copper contact allergy, which occurred in a woman whose hobby was copper … read more Day XX: Copper allergy
Many foods that are rich in copper are mainstays of my diet: legumes, seafood, nuts, cocoa, avocados, black pepper, raisins, molasses, whole grains and cauliflower. Is there a connection?
When it is soooo hot out, I think of everything melting… the whole world melting. And I wanted to melt a penny. Just to see. Keep in mind that pennies aren’t solid copper and never have been. The ones before 1982 (and some of that year) were 97.5 percent copper, and 2.5 percent zinc. But … read more Day 11: Does copper melt in a flame?