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Old 05-13-2018, 09:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Another hobby....

Hi all, between work and life, I don't get much play time anymore. So I figured I'd try a new 'quickie' hobby. Making rings from old coins.

Here are my very first attempts, all demonetised ( no longer in circulation ) British coins. A Fifty Pence, a One Shilling and a Two Shilling. I think the 50p may perhaps be illegal....the rules on British coin defacing are a bit ambiguous, so I'll stick to safer much older coins in future.

Fun to make and the tool cost investment doesn't break the bank. Google / You Tube 'Jasons Works' or 'Coins You Can Wear'.

The 50P has a high polish, but I left a bit of the patina from the annealing process on the outside of the Shillings as this makes the image stand out more.

Once I get better, I'll make my own tooling to make pen centre bands etc. The commercially available gadgets don't go small enough ( or I haven't found them )

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Old 05-13-2018, 10:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice one Skip, used to do this myself.
Always tried to use Pre-1948 Two Shillings as they had a higher silver content and were easier to work.
I used to rotate and hammer round and round until the wording was on the inside and then drill it out and polish the blank outside. As you can see from the Photo (example, not mine)
I had a small anvil made out of a piece of British Rail train track to hammer on.
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Old 05-13-2018, 11:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Great work, Skip !! . The rings are very attractive indeed !!!

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Old 05-13-2018, 12:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Great Job....these rings are right on the money!
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Old 05-13-2018, 12:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Charlie_W View Post
Great Job....these rings are right on the money!
Lol, good one!
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Old 05-13-2018, 01:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have been looking at posts on turning coins into rings for the past year. I have a ring sizer but I am not to the point of making any just yet.

I am also looking at making a small shop forge for other metal forming.

Thanks for posting that. Looks GREAT!
Hank Lee

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Old 05-13-2018, 03:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Those look great!! I think I watched almost every youtube video out there on making these and still haven't bought the tools to try. Something else on my "to try" list after retirement. I'm waiting to see you make one for a pen center band on a custom Skiprat masterpiece. Thanks for sharing!

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Old 05-13-2018, 06:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Awesome! A friend made a couple for me and they are treasures. Ever since, I have been wanting to make nib sections, finials and centerbands. They are one one of my nearly infinite to-do lists.

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Old 05-13-2018, 06:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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My Sister-in-Law's boyfriend does this. He made 2 Wisconsin State quarter rings, one for my wife, and one for my son. For me, he used an 1894 silver dollar! Gorgeous rings, all, but they are too large to wear on a regular basis! My silver dollar ring still weighs in at almost an ounce, having had only a 5/16 hole punched out to start the process.

I watched him make all three rings in about an hour and a half!

They ARE nice.
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Old 05-13-2018, 10:15 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Those are awesome!
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