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March 10, 2012

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Diane

I have seen coins on Pinterest, Etsy and Ebay that have been done like that. I think they use a hydraulic press and turn the coin wrong-side out. You would have to invest in some pretty expensive equipment in order to do it that way. The rings that I made were the traditional way. The way soldiers made them to sent home to their mothers, wives and girlfriends. I could make rings using jewelers equipment in a fraction of the time it takes to make the traditional ones but to me the value is in fact that it is completely hand made. Before the US Mint stopped putting silver into our coins, you could take readily available items and with otherwise wasted time, make a ring.
I looked at some youtube videos that show how to make rings like you are wondering about. They involve punches, dies and presses, annealing and stretching, filing and sanding but it can be done. If you decide to make one, I would be interested in seeing a picture of the end result.

The smaller you make the ring, the wider the band and the more of coin goes into the ring. But, you dont lose the silver you carve out. I put a piece of paper under it when I carve it and save it in a little glass jar. If I get enough I am going to melt it down and make a little figurine or maybe embed it in acrylic or epoxy and make a paperweight or something like that. It looks like metal flake.
You could drill out most of what you need to remove if you arent sure of your knife skills. Better yet go to a butcher shop or meat market and ask them to sell you a cutting glove. I dont use one but if I dont tell you and you cut yourself, I would feel bad.


I want to see a picture when you are done! Good Luck!


Ed

I was wondering...is there any possible way to pound/press out the center, rather than carve it out (after boring a very small hole, of course)?!!
I know it sounds weird, but I was hoping to leave the coin as "whole" as possible.

This is directly from the USMINT.GOV website

Can I make jewelry from U.S. coins?

Yes, but your business should be careful not to imply any endorsement by or association with the United States Mint in its advertising and marketing materials.

Can I melt, drill holes through, or mutilate U.S. coins?

Maybe. It is a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 331 to alter a U.S. or foreign coin with the intent to defraud. The United States Mint cannot issue interpretations of criminal statutes such as this, which fall within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Justice. Furthermore, 31 C.F.R. Part 82 states that no person shall export, melt or treat any 5-cent coin or one-cent coin of the United States. However, there are a few exceptions such as for novelty, amusement, educational, jewelry and similar purposes. Your business should consult with an attorney to ensure it does not run afoul of these laws before melting or mutilating U.S. coins.

how long did it take you to make this? what blade did you use?

When I was a young girl one of my older cousins started to make a ring for himself from a quarter. He was a teen at the time. I had forgotten all about it until today when I stumbled across your post. 😊
I don't know if he actually finished it or if the pinging drove his dad so crazy that he made him stop. Lol.
As for me, I'm glad I found your post and I'm glad I was born in 1953 so I can make one for myself! Well, that is if I don't drive my hubby crazy before I can finish mine. Heeheehee
I loved the addition of the history too and your reader's personal experiences. Gives the instruction more depth and sentiment. Thanks for sharing.

Amazing....but to have that story to go with the process is truly great. Thank you and Ed for sharing, not thinking I will ever make one...but that is cool.

There is a recent law that prohibits the melting of pennies and nickels for their bullion value--they currently contain more metal value than face price. You may still use them for artistic material for projects, but you may not melt them for salvage.
Any coin made from gold or silver may be defaced or melted with no laws being broken!

Thanks for the idea/info. I made my wife one and it turned out awesome and better than expected. My only wish is that they still made silver quarters so that I could have made it using the date/year we got married.

You're a lifesaver! I'm about half done making a quarter ring to propose with--sure beats my original cigar band plan, and I can finally put the silver quarter I got at the laundromat to good use.

Thank you for a great idea.

My Momma and my Granny both have silver quarter wedding bands that my Daddy and Papaw made for them when they got married. I've always thought that was the sweetest thing. Thanks for posting. It made me smile.

My husband made me a ring out of a stainless steel pipe from work.he was a millwright in a plant. The ring is still in good shape after 47 years! My brother made the mercury dime necklace and ear rings for me,I' ve had them quite a few years. too.
Blessings
Pollie

Wow! How cool! And it seems so simple, though time consuming. Thanks for sharing the instructions!

That is too cool! I have never seen this.

It is illegal to fraudulently deface or alter the currency. Which means, if I understand it right, to change it for illegal purposes. Silver smelters have been melting coins for decades. Are they illegal? This coin was purchased as silver and turned into a work of art. Besides maybe they'll put me in Federal prison with a Domino's in the food court.

Amazing! However, I believe it's illegal to deface US currency and coins, but heck - some fruitcakes in our Supreme Court made it legal to burn our flag, so it's difficult to understand how this would hold up in a court of law here anyway.

What do you think?

God bless.

RB
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Thank you for sharing, going to go find my husband right now.........

That is impressive, I am in awe of the dedication that goes into making such a ring. Thank you for showing me yours Tipper, it is gorgeous. What a treasure!

Now I wanna make one with my birth year 1957, to give to my eldest daughter.

Wow! When I commented yesterday about my friend Ed Ammons telling me how to make a ring from a silver quarter, I didn't realize that the project he was showing me was to turn up on your finger!
Congrats on a fine looking ring!!
Great job Ed!!!

Thanks for sharing the instructions. I remember these rings for the 70's, we have an avil, and some silver quarters, I may have to try to make one.

Thanks for the post tipper.Will try some day

Shirla-Make the ring and wear it proud. People will think you have found a better Thing.

SO interesting!! I'd never heard of a ring like this, so I got a new wrinkle on my brain.

wow tipper.. that is so gorgeous.. and i have been bugging my husband since i have read your post.. lol i have not had my wedding band since i had to have it cut off.. after a mishap at work.. ;(
sooo.. now im on an mission to have one of these..
thank you and ed for sharing with us.. im so impressed with the talent out there.. and the love ..
as always
big ladybug hugs... spring is springing here.. the robins are bobbing.. lol
xoxo
lynn

Very very cool!

Mitchell gave my wedding ring a more hammered look & it is so beautiful! He also used a power drill to make the hole(much less likely to go to the ER-lol!). He then took a fairly large bolt & threaded thru the hole & started hammering again. The hole stretched, the outside flattened, & eventually I had my ring. PS-earplugs are good-all that ding, ding, ding can wear on your ears after a couple of hours!

Wow, I'm not very handy with knives, but I'd love to try this!

Wow! What a nice craft...and I love anything silver and especially something someone made. Would love to find a quarter for my birth year and make one. Thanks.

Had not heard of this before. You have got me looking for a pre-1937 Quarter so I can make one for my wife of 59 years.

How wonderful! Thanks Tipper for sharing this post and thank you Ed for sharing the technique. I am definitely saving these instructions and going to find myself a silver quarter.
What a treasure for a wedding ring!

Great instructions and a wonderful post. I appreciated the comment about being left handed!

A quarter?!!
I have some old quarters locked up in the safe and I will be getting them out today.
I love this and can't wait to try it.
Now....just to find an anvil or an old iron or something else heavy and smooth.
Thanks Tipper and Ed!!

Beautiful!

hubby is looking over my shoulder and wants me to pull it up so he can read HOW to... really cool ring

I was going to comment on this yesterday, but garden chores kept me from it until now, when the chores have laid me up for morning's convalescence.

I learned this art from a friend of mine, a former resident at the maximum security facility in Nashville. He took one of the coins I'd collected when delivering papers some ten years prior and set about with the spoon, much as you described. His toil was even more laborious, being based on the time eating traditions and the lack of adequate tools of an inmate.

He told me that convicts cried for loneliness when they made these rings for their sweethearts, and that's what made them harden, as their hearts were hardened by their hard iron bars.

I don't know about this, but it made for a pretty ring.

Foolishly, I gave mine to a girl whose heart was as hard as the ring. Maybe in the that way, it brought me luck as well, since she soon ran off, and I later found the girl and wife of my dreams.

That is nothing short of amazing! The ring is beautiful, the time and care that went into it, astonishing. Thanks Ed, for sharing this with us.
That must have taken hours. I never would have believer you could change the shape of a quarter with a spoon!
How did you learn to do that?

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