How to make a Coin Ring

Coin Ring This like DIY has been floating around the ‘net for a while now and if you have any solid silver coins that are now in mint collectors condition you couls make one of these. Looks very easy and you don’t need too mamy special tools (a hammer and a moto tool are the biggest)

How to make a Coin Ring

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The page is dead. I pulled a copy off from Archive.org and posted it here if you want to learn this technique. I didn’t come up with this, I just posted a link to it but a few people have asked me information about it. So, until I hear different I’ll keep this on my site. If you want this removed please contact me at the ‘contact me’ link on this page.

How to make a Coin Ring……
Posted byDon/Michigan/XS
This is the way I make a coin ring. You can do it different ways depending on the tools you have available. So here it goes!

First you need a piece of steel to use as a base for the coin to set on. Take the coin and stand it on edge. Tap the reeded edge with a spoon or a small machinist hammer while continually rotating the coin, I would recommend using the spoon first until you get the hang of how the silver feels when it folds. Be patient and don’t rush it, it takes a while.

Once I have the letters on the edge of the coin folded in that’s where I stop and then take a look at the coin and make sure it’s round and the edges are even.

Next take and drill a hole in the center of the coin. Once the bit goes through the coin it will jam itself on the drill bit. Leave it on the drill bit.

Next take a piece of sandpaper( I use 400 grit to start) and hold it against the coin as you run the drill. You can sand all the dings out of it this way. I then use 1200 grit to finish it.


Then I take some “Brasso” and put it in a cloth. Then run the drill with the coin spinning on the cloth. Do this as many times as you want(use a new spot on the cloth and Brasso each time) until your satisfied with the shine of the ring.

Next take the coin off the bit and place it in a pair of vice grips. I use the vice grips with the curved jaw as this will hold the coin better than the straight jaw vice grips. Make sure you wrap something like heavy tape around the teeth of the grips. If you don’t you will be sorry. If you have some clamps with rubber or plastic on the contact points this will work also.

The next step I take a dremmel with a cutting bit and route out the center of the coin. Be careful as the bit will jump around if you don’t hold it tight. Take your time! Once you get close to your proper size you want then stop.

I then take a sanding disc and smooth out the inside and stop at the size you want.


Next step take a buffing wheel and put some Brasso on it, and then run the dremmel buffing out the inside of the coin. Do this a couple times. Thats about it! Give it a shot, it takes time but sure is neat when it’s done.
HH
Don/Michigan



Posted: April 27th, 2005
at 7:32am by John


Categories: Artistic,Cool,Design,DIY,Fun,Hacked

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  1. That, sir, is awesome. Congrats! About what size finger do you have, in ring sizes?

    [About a 9 something. I forget. I'm going to look for a silver coin in the next few weeks to give this a go. -John]

    Orin

    27 Apr 05 at 7:07 pm

     

  2. can you send me an e mail with a little more details on how to go about doing that

    chase

    8 Jan 06 at 10:27 pm

     

  3. It’s not as easy as it looks

    Luke
    http://www.ddsclub.com
    [I'm sure that is quite true. -John]

    Luke

    10 Aug 06 at 12:05 am

     

  4. [...] Last semester when something in our bathroom needed working on, they sent two maintenance guys even though only one would fit in there. So, the second one was talking with us, and saw my Eagle Scout paperweight. (This thing is a replica of the Eagle ring, only sized for Goliath’s big toe! Everyone who comes into my room comments on it!) Well, it somehow reminded him of a ring his grandpa had made by tapping the edge of a silver dollar with a spoon until it was wide enough, then taking out the middle to make a ring. Wil and I thought this sounded cool, so we looked it up on Google. We found some good sites about how to do it (here and here, if you’re interested), and we got the stuff together to try it ourselves. I finally finished mine last week! Here are some pictures from start to finish: [...]

     

  5. I make mine in an entirely different way! Only handtools, nothing electric at all. Hammers, 3 different size files, sandpaper, that’s about it.
    Mine look alot different, too…I leave the writing on the outside and inside of the ring so anyone can look at it and see it was a coin. If you want to see pictures, check out http://www.zippystevey.com for them. Thanks for reading this, Steve

    ZippyStevey

    22 Nov 07 at 9:16 am

     

  6. I made them differently too. I’ve made two in 2 days, each took about 2-3 hours. I used an Austrian schilling and an Italian 50 lire piece. I didn’t think of looking for a website to find out how to do it until now. I started by drilling a hole, mounted it on a tapered steel spike, then folded over the edge 90 degrees. Depending on which way you fold it you can get the writing on the inside or outside. I tried both. The first one I just hammered over. The second I heated first to soften. I’ll try hammering the edge on the next one.

    Val

    19 Dec 07 at 3:17 pm

     

  7. How does the guy above fold it? I’ve seen ones online that have writing and years on the outside… anyone know how to do this? I don’t want to pay $50 for one. Thanks!

    Dooma

    22 Apr 08 at 1:02 pm

     

  8. he said he drills a hole, puts it on a spike and hammers, can you use any coin?

    kangaroopoop

    11 Sep 08 at 7:23 am

     

  9. very cool what kind of silver coins for different ring sizes?

    anonymos

    14 Oct 08 at 6:31 pm

     

  10. [...] It sure looks amazing!! No very smooth inside here is one of the links on how to make them, TeamDroid | How to make a Coin Ring __________________ Compass & Beachunter 300 Too many rings to list 41 to [...]

     

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