Step 2: Get Your Coins and Start Cutting

for this instructable i used an Egyptian coin (50 piasters modern)  i brought with me from home
- use a center punch to mark where your holes are going to be that's very important because the drill bit tends to wander off and scratch your coin surface for ever
- drill the holes  i use a flex shaft with assortment of fine drill bits ranging from 0.5 mm to 1.5 mm depends on the coin design
- now use a jeweler's saw with fine blades to cut the coins mainly you would use a 0/4 swiss blades but depends on the level of details in the coin and the material of the coin some coins are copper or silver or brass some are steel and alloys of different kinds
don't worry the blades will cut through anything  so for starter just stick to 0/4 will get you through most coins just fine
-  now i won't tell you how to cut there are instructables that teaches you that and first of all you have to experience it yourself and practice it to learn how so just start and do it and you will learn after breaking so many blades and using so many curse words and injuring yourself couple of times (all depends on your temper really)

<p>i'm already fed up.. i've been trying to cut a US gold dollar liberty and i've broken 9 blades in the last 2 days. i've tried a 1/0 and a 2. its not working and the blades are binding and breaking. I'm out of options i can't find an answer as to why. Any suggestions i'm about to chuck it all. Someone please email me knight16a1@gmail.com. please i hate to think i wasted all that money on a saw and blades.</p>
<p>A bit of beeswax helps.</p>
<p>when you say the blades bind and break i believe it's not stringed correctly in the saw the best way to know if you have the blade at the right tension is after you string it in the saw strum it with your thumb if you hear a ringing tone then it's done right if you hear a thud like tone its too tight and if it doesn't do any sound or just a click then it's too loose , other than that try with a blank piece of metal make sure you are not cutting a metal that is too thick with the blade sizes you listed , let me know if you have any more questions.</p>
<p>Those look killer loved the gold rush. Nice Work I have all the tools dont Know if I got the hands and eyes, it will become a iron in thr fire for sure Thanks for yhe inspiration</p>
<p>practice makes perfect you will never know unless you try you might surprise yourself and got a talent just needs to be uncovered.</p>
<p>You don't need to use the rubber &quot;soft jaws&quot; that come with a ball vice if You want a firmer hold, or make a set from sheet lead that really holds them where You set the position on Your new Ball Vice. ~:-}</p>
<p>Ball vices come with a pair of rubber &quot;soft jaws&quot; included and can be locked in any position. ~ : - }</p>
<p>try to loosen the &quot;vise&quot; and reposition the coin and re tighten it every time you need to make any cut other than straight lines which is almost non existent on coins </p><p>~ : - }</p>
<p>very handy instructable</p><p>just worry though, i'm UK- if i did that to Queeny it's called treason and they can still legally put you in the tower for it......you sure it's ok for all other coinage? ;-)</p>
<p>I'm not sure about the Queen of UK but all coins i know of is fair game and i have been doing this for a while also there is quite a few people that sell this type of cut coins online and in fairs too.</p>
<p>really great instructable! I tried this without your clever hinge clamp, I'll definitely be sure to put one together for my next coin when I try your neat background/epoxy maneuver. Thanks lots!</p>
<p>that is beautiful , you cut that coin really good , please share pictures if you ever made the hinge or the background , thanks.</p>
<p>very handy instructable</p><p>just worry though, i'm UK- if i did that to Queeny it's called treason and they can still legally put you in the tower for it......you sure it's ok for all other coinage? ;-)</p>
<p>very handy instructable</p><p>just worry though, i'm UK- if i did that to Queeny it's called treason and they can still legally put you in the tower for it......you sure it's ok for all other coinage? ;-)</p>
omg it's egyptian coin :) <br>50 piasters
I live in Cairo do u sell those rings ?? I want one of (el nos geneh ring) so how can I reach u do u have an exhibition or a store ??
I live in the US now , i make this as a hobby not for sale i just love working with metals but i believe some workshops in &quot;Al Azhar and Khan El Khalily&quot; makes similar methods to cut metal they can custom make it for you.
I think your clamp is brilliant. I am definitely going to make one of those. It would rate its own instructable, I think.
thanks , i have seen the alternatives that professional coing cutters uses , one uses a vise grip that is fixed on the desk , another uses a smaller diameter tube than the coin and a washer on top have hole same diameter as coin on top which was my first attempt but the problem you only be able to cut 1 size coin and need to fix another fixture for each size , so this design really works for me
I have a sterling serving spoon I've been wanting to convert into jewelry. One of the reasons I haven't attempted it is I didn't have a good way of holding it while cutting. When I have made your clamp I won't have that excuse any more. Thank you for showing it. :)
if you have a special design in mind try to get a piece of practice blank roughly the same size as the spoon and practice on it first till you get your design the way you want it then start on the spoon .
I think this is an excellant instructable. Your adding the textured back makes the whole piece much more attractive. I would suggest anyone buying a jewelers saw to spend a few dollars more to get adjustable one. I don't know how many saw blades I have broken and if I had had an adjustable saw I could have re-used some of those broken blades. Whether it would be enough to justify the extra expense would depend on how many blades you break. I would guess you are experienced enough that you don't break that many any more. I wish I could say the same.
thanks for stopping by , i have an adjustable saw never used it with broken blades mainly because the blade breaks in the middle so there is hardly any good length of teeth left to use it comfortably , being careful and patient with lots of practice will get you to where you hardly break any blades but good saws also help recently i bought that saw , it's on the high end of saws but it really makes a huge difference the balance and tension control is amazing , but you would only invest in that saw if you take your hobby seriousely it's a tool will last a lifetime .
that one
I have seen this design but I had my doubts about its being worth it. I had not heard any comments of anyone who used it that wasn't associated with selling it. I may have to hit Santa up for one of those. <br>
i also had my doubts but thought i would give it a try since the reviews was great , my opinion it's a very well made tool also the tension control is brilliant now if i have so many piercings in a piece of metal i don't have to carefully tighten the blade right every time just do it once and it's exactly the same every time, but as i said i only justified this to myself because i use the saw too much to get a quality tool
can i sell it on ebay as its a national currency?
yes you can.
I don't know of any reason why not. I think you can probably search ebay for pierced coin jewelry and see that others are selling pierced coins. The law about defacing coins was primarily to address fraudulent uses also so that back in the day when coins were made of precious metals filing metal from the coins and then passing them could be prosecuted.
Islam, they're fantastic! I was blown away by your designs. Got to get myself some coins and a jeweller's saw. Nice work. Thanks for the tutorial.
thanks for the kind words, a jeweler's saw is by far my favorite tool, opens a door to lots of possibilities in metal work specially .
This is my first time seeing something like this, and I think it's brilliant! Thank you for showing how to do this. I would love to try this, but I do not have access to any drills or saws.
Thank you for the kind words, if you want to try this it's really easy to acquire an economy saw from ebay for like 4 bucks and you can get something called a pin vise which is a manual drill for couple bucks a dozen blades 0/4 and small drill bits 1mm , 1.2mm and 1.5 mm . i would say all your cost would be between 10 and 15 dollars and you are good to go , if you need any help along the way just comment here and i will be happy to answer you.
Wow, that is pretty awesome. You are very skilled at cutting!
thank you very much , I have been using a jeweler's saw for more than 12 years now , but if you love what you do you don't need time or experience because it will come out just great, please vote for me in the contest it won't take a few seconds , thank you
thanks &quot;hats off&quot;
the first one is a Egyptian coin i have a lot of them because i live in Egypt
yup it's a 50 piasters coin , I'm Egyptian but i live in USA now i brought some with me , they are also sold on ebay along with virtually any world coin you can think of, if you like please vote for me in the contest of metal challenge
ok.. bro ;D <br> <br>
This is a fantastic instructable very easy to follow and I feel I could actually make your awesome creation! I will rate and vote good luck!
thank you very much for your kind words and your vote, if you have any inquiries just comment here with your question and i will be happy to answer it, and please post pictures of your own creations when you make one
People have been doing this for as long as there has been coinage. They are called hobo nickels. Check out the Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobo_nickel
I didn't claim that i invented this i even said that people are doing this and selling it for long time i just was showing how to do it specially my method of doing it <br>and hobo nickel actually different it doesn't cut out the coins it carves the indian head into different designs and faces because that nickel was thick and can be manipulated this way <br>thank you for commenting <br>if you like please rate and vote

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Bio: I love working with my hands and making stuff, jewelry and metal working are my passion
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