Handmade Conchos and Snaps





Introduction: Handmade Conchos and Snaps

I have seen these in a number of catalogs and on the internet, but they looked easy to make....and yes, they are easy to make.

Step 1: Dome Out the Coin

This is a doming block (from harbor freight tools) that is one of those tools that you use very rarely, but when you need it, it is essential.

I typically use a quarter when I am building these conchos or buttons, mainly because I like the designs on the state quarters. My favorite are Texas and Wyoming.

It is a simple as putting the coin in the doming block, taking out one of the punches (largest possible) laying it on the coin, and whacking it with a hammer a few times. This quickly turns the quarter into a nice dome shape.

Step 2: Solder on the Backing

I have a couple different devices that I connect on the back:

Brass Rivets

Each has a different use and ability to be removed.
Snaps: temporary as expected
T-nuts: semi permanent (screws will stay in)

It is a matter of laying the device in the cup side of the coin and soldering it in. I have also used silver solder, definitely stronger, but you do need higher heat. With the solder, a small butane torch did the trick.

Step 3: SNAP Backing

Here is the coin and the snap hardware soldered on and the actual snap pressed on.

Step 4: Buff and Polish

With any of these methods, the coin gets discolored by the heat, but a quick buff with a polishing wheel and it looks great.

I have used these on leather guitar straps, belts, or other leather crafts.

Good luck....



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    Amazing! Thank you so much for this! This is exactly what i've been looking for.

    Do you know how to attach them to leather cuffs or belts? Just punch a hole and hammer it on, or would you be careful to make sure it doesn't snap off the solder? Thank you :)

    Awesome post:):) Been wanting to learn how to do this, THANK YOU for taking the time to share this post:):):)

    Ok guys, this is from the US Treasury website.

    Defacement of Currency

    Defacement of currency is a violation of Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code. Under this provision, currency defacement is generally defined as follows: Whoever mutilates, cuts, disfigures, perforates, unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, Federal Reserve Bank, or Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such item(s) unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

    Defacement of currency in such a way that it is made unfit for circulation comes under the jurisdiction of the United States Secret Service. The United States Secret Service web address is www.secretservice.gov.

    Ahh, but paper notes (dollars) and coins are very different things.

    but other evidence of debt says nothing about paper as far as I can tell.

    Notice it says bill or note, nothing about coins per say.

    If the Feds come a knocking it's probably because they want the buttons for themselves. If they took this warning seriously every magician in America would be behind bars.

    Craft away! :)

    I think that the list says "any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, Federal Reserve Bank, or Federal Reserve System" So wouldn't the part that says "or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, Federal Reserve Bank, or Federal Reserve System" cover coins since they are evidence of debt and are issued by the Fed?

    How do you explain those machines that flatten out a penny and stamp a logo on it. There's one at The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas.

    They have bigger fish to fry.
    Defend your art/craft under the first amendment, it is covered by freedom of expression.

    Oh I never said it bothered me, I just wanted everyone to know that no mater what anyone says, it is illegal to change any legal tender in the united states so that it can not be accepted as usable currency. You can mount a U.S. coin in a frame where it can be removed etc. but you can not change it. That is why the coin looking buttons etc. are so expensive because they are actually copies of coins not the real thing. There is nothing to keep you from using a coin from another country..... Just not one from the U.S.A. if you are here.