How to make a coin ring

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How to make a coin ring
Try old coins or foreign coins for your customised ring. (underworld111/iStock/Getty Images)

Rings have been used for numerous reasons as far back as history can tell us. With a few simple tools found in most toolboxes, you can turn a 10p piece, or any coin larger than 10 pence, into your own beautiful shiny ring. Using the right coin, you can even make your own silver ring.

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Things you need

  • Hammer
  • Block of steel (can be scrap steel)
  • Rubber clamps
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Unibit
  • Dremel polishing wheel
  • Dremel sanding drum
  • Sandpaper (400 grit)
  • Brasso
  • Old cloth
  • Old coin

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Start by placing your steel block on a flat surface, directly in front of you. Pinch the front and back of the coin as you stand it on one of its edges. Start tapping on the edge of the coin with the hammer. Make sure you are continuously rotating the coin.

  2. 2

    Continue tapping the edge of the coin until the words on the edge of the coin have been folded in. At this point, examine the coin to make sure the edges are even and the coin is still round.

  3. 3

    Take the drill and drill bit and bore a hole directly into the centre of the coin. The coin will jam onto the drill when the drill penetrates it. Leave the coin on the drill bit and hold it up against a piece of sandpaper. Run the drill. This will get any imperfections out of the edge of the coin.

  4. 4

    Put some Brasso onto your cloth. With the coin still on the drill, run the drill and rub the coin against the cloth with Brasso. Continue doing this, using more Brasso in different spots on the cloth, until you are satisfied with the appearance and shine. Reverse the drill and remove the bit from the coin.

  5. 5

    Put clamps onto the coin. If rubber clamps are unavailable, vice grips can be substituted. Just make sure to wrap the metal on the vice grips with a thick layer of tape.

  6. 6

    Push the unibit into the hole in the coin. Continue doing so until the hole is approximately the size of ring you are going for.

  7. 7

    Use the dremel sanding drum to smooth outh the inside of the ring and make adjustments. Then, use the dremel polishing wheel to polish the inside of the ring. You can also apply Brasso using the wheel.

  8. 8

    Apply Brasso to the outside of the ring again, if necessary. If not, enjoy your handiwork.

Tips and warnings

  • For extra amusement, you can prove to people that it is a coin by showing them the inside of the ring where the words on the original coin can still be read.

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