You’ll need some tools and access to one of those machines that squishes pennies (or a rolling mill) for this, but it’s pretty neat to make your own lures for literally pennies on the dollar. It’ll take a bit of work though, so this is more for the satisfaction of crafting something yourself instead of just saving a few bucks.

According to, here’s what you’ll need:

  • A rolling mill (to flatten the penny)
  • Letter punch with bracket sign from a punctuation letter punch set.
  • Hammer
  • Small anvil
  • Fine grit sanding sponge
  • Bench grinder with a buffing wheel
  • Transparent nail polish (to protect the copper from oxidizing)
  • Treble hook with feathers
  • Two split rings
  • Fishing swivel with a clip

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