Whether you're looking to preserve a collectable coin in an interesting way or just want to create jewellery art from recognisable, everyday currency, coin rings are an interesting, yet understated fashion statement. Create this piece of metal jewellery using simple band fashioning and soldering techniques to make a customised, made-to-fit coin signet ring.
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Things you need
- Microwaveable dish
- White vinegar
- Aluminium foil
- Sheet jewellery silver
- Ring sizer
- Metal file
- Sand paper
- Permanent marker
- Cotton ball
- Nail polish remover
- Silver jewellery solder
- Soldering iron
Wash the coin. Mix a solution of 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1 tbsp salt and heat it for one minute in the microwave. Insert a small strip of aluminium foil in the solution, then place the coin in the solution. Let it sit until the vinegar cools, then scrub the coin with an old toothbrush; this will remove old tarnish and make the coin look almost new.
Take measurements of your finger (or that of the person you're making the ring for) using the ring sizer; cinch it around the finger until it's snug but not too tight to easily remove.
Measure and cut a strip of sheet silver. Draw the measuring lines using a metal-edges ruler and a permanent marker. Make the strip as long as the ring size measurement and about 1/4 inch thick (adjust according to your preferred thickness), plus enough room for about 1/4 inch of overlap. Cut it with tin snips, then wipe away the permanent marker lines using a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover.
File, then sand, the edges of the silver strip to soften them.
Wrap the silver band around the ring mandrel to bend it into the shape of a band.
Solder the strip of silver into a ring. Heat the soldering iron for three minutes (or according to the manufacturer's instructions), then press the tip against the tip of a piece of solder wire to melt the metal onto the iron. Apply the iron to the joint of the ring to let the melted solder drip into the crack between the overlapping ends and around them. Let the solder harden and wipe the tip of the iron to remove any extra melted solder, then use the hot tip to reheat and smooth out the solder joint.
Attach the coin to the ring band. Lay the coin facedown on a heat-resistant surface (if you don't have one, make a fist-sized ball of aluminium foil and press the top flat). Grip the ring band using needle-nosed pliers and press it to the back of the coin. Solder the coin in place while you grip it, and continue holding the ring band in place while the solder cools.
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