Now Making: Road Kiln

Posted at 9:08 PM, Jan 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-15 21:08:59-05

They say diamonds are a girl's best friend, but for Shaun Silverwood, it's pennies.

"A lot of people come to the shows and they say 'oh you're the penny lady!' I get a lot of notoriety for that."

Silverwood is the owner of Road Kiln. She started her business in 1996 making wall hangings, and then expanded her line to jewelry.

"About ten years ago I went out to San Diego and met a master enamalist, and he taught told me he use pennies in his jewelry but covered up Lincoln's face," she said. "I thought it was too cool to cover up his face and I kept it showing."

Silverwood can only use certain pennies in her work. They are fired and go through a cleaning process.

Making the jewelry is a family affair. Silverwood's father used to drill the pennies for her, and now her son-in-law does it.

Her signature design is the Buffalo. Road Kiln has now been picked up by BonTon and Silverwood sells her jewelry in 20 of its stores.