How to make rings from coins

Written by tara dodrill
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Making a ring out of a coin is a creative and thrifty way to turn a mundane item into a treasured gem. Coin ring making requires the ability to use power tools, and you must have access to large coins. Silver dollar or silver half dollars are the coins most often used when creating authentic silver jewellery. Silver dollars produced before 1965 contain nearly 95% pure silver content. You can use any type of quarter-sized coin or larger to make a coin ring.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Large coin, silver dollar or half dollars
  • Hammer
  • Safety glasses
  • Clamp or wrench to be used as a clamp.
  • Sand paper
  • Rotary and sanding drill bits, for example a Dremmel style tool kit

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Instructions

    How to Make Rings from Coins

  1. 1

    Gather or purchase large coins for ring making.

  2. 2

    Place coin in a clamp. A large wrench works well.

  3. 3

    Hammer the outer edge of the coin to flatten the ridges.

  4. 4

    Hammer the coin's edges until the ring reaches the desired thickness, and all rough edges are rounded.

  5. 5

    Drill a large hole in the centre of the coin. The hole must be large enough for the finger to slip through with ease.

  6. 6

    Sand the ring opening with the rotary tool bit.

  7. 7

    Sand the entire ring with sandpaper, or use the sanding drill bit attachment.

Tips and warnings

  • The hammering of the ring will take approximately one hour to complete. Careful hammer placement is required if you want any of the coin's wording to remain as a part of the finished project.
  • You can also use completed rings to make necklaces and bracelets.
  • Wear safety glasses to prevent coin shavings from flying into your eyes.

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