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Old 07-08-2018, 08:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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A few weeks ( months, actually !! ) ago, I had a play with making finger rings from old coins. I made a couple
I went on to say I'd like to see if I could make a small enough ring to be used as a center band on a pen. The smallest I could make with the tooling was just too big.....but I eventually got there..

My wonderful wife is in Swaziland with 14 teenagers from her school for the next three weeks.......so PLAY TIME in the Rat Cave !!!

This pen uses the FP section from a Spring Blossom ( I think ) but the rest is custom. The clip is from a 1967 Half Crown ( with reeding removed), The cap ring is made from a 1960 Sixpence and the finial is made by simply doming and recessing a 1936 Thrupence.

It was great fun to make and I learned a lot. Although not flawless, I'm pretty pleased with the way it came out. I hope you like it too.
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Here are a couple in progress pics..
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Old 07-08-2018, 08:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Wow!! Super!
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A few months ago there were a couple post on here about money rings. I wondered then if it were possible to make a center band for a pen, but I knew it was something I would never pull off. As usual Skip, you exceeded what I expected someone to do and set the bar very high for others to try. That is an exceptionally fine work of art and it does not surprise me that you made it. I always thought a copper braid body with penny accents might look good but the dark body give your pen a much better contrast in character. Awesome work!
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Outstanding!!!
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Old 07-08-2018, 09:15 AM   #6 (permalink)
 
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That is just beautiful. I love the clean neat appearance, it really highlights the coin accents. I wanted to agree with your comment on another thread that simple is better. But a better reference is that "Not too busy" is what I mean; nothing simple about this.

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Skip, you've done it again! Excellent job all the way around.
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I don't like it, I love it!
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Simply fabulous!
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I DO like it too. It would be nice to watch you do this. Thanks for sharing. Love the color black with the coin.
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