>This is my first tutorial-ish type thing so cut me a little slack. I'm sorry for lack of pictures, once I get into something I forget to take them.
>Anyway my inspiration for this one was my girlfriend. I wanted to give her something when I saw her this weekend, but I wanted it to be special and have some kind meaning behind it, Not just some random piece of jewelry from the store.
>The tools needed: Dremal (optional), file, hammer, ring mandrel, 100, 400, 1000, 2000 grit sandpaper, car wax/polish.
Step 1: Drilling The Hole
>There's kind of a science to this but it's not to hard once you get it down.
>First your gonna want to drill a hole in your nickel (quarters work too if you want a wider ring, I would only use quarters from before 1965 because they are silver and will look much better) about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter. The bigger the hole this less you have to do in the next step.
Step 2: Rendering To Fit On The Mandrel
>This step is probably one of the more time consuming parts if you don't have the correct tools needed. All I had was a file, a cordless drema (battery dies very quickly)l, and some sanding paper.
>Your going to want to size your hole (mine was quite big) to fit on your ring madrel. You can also use a pry bar if you don't have a mandrel.
Step 3: Hammering The Ring
>For this step your going to put the ring on the mandrel/pry bar, and start taking a few swings at a time with a hammer until it's about 1 to 1 1/2 size smaller than needed to fit.
>Once this is done your going to hit it pretty hard on about a 45ÃÂÃÂ° angle or so. This bends the rim of the ring over.
>After that you want to start hammering it out flat on the mandrel. I've used parts from a socket set that just fit the ring, makes it perfectly round.
>Once this is done and the ring is where it fits you move to the next step.