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A couple of years ago I made some small silver crosses for Easter for the family. I’ve done silver casting and soldering before, but wanted to do something a little more quick. I have a bunch of silver coin in a collection of coins I gathered during my days as a cashier years ago. People would come through the checkout line and somehow at the end of some nights I would have either a foreign coin or old silver.

U.S. coins, as well as many other countries’ coins, used to be made out of silver and not what we see today: combinations of nickel, copper, and aluminum.

So, seeing this bag of coins I’ve collected, I decided to try to make something out of them. I don’t cut up the Mercury dimes or Buffalo nickels, but I do use the quarters and nickels from the late 50′s and early 60′s. This is a project I wrote about on my blog, Sir Richard's Tool Kit.

These two crosses were textured with a propane torch. 

Step 1: You will need...

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The process is rather quick and doesn’t take many tools.

You’ll need:

a coin
wire cutters
small drill bit and drill
jeweler’s saw and block or a hack saw
small files
a hammer
maybe a pin vise
If you choose to partially melt the silver for texture, you will need a propane torch.

safety goggles- plase wear them. I've gotten metal and wood in my eye before and scratched my cornea. It is not fun. It will ruin your day.
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showfire5 years ago
Isn't it a crime to deface federal currency?
Yes, United States currency and coinage are governed by federal law through the U.S. Treasury Department. Generally, it is illegal to fraudulently deface, mutilate, impair, diminish, falsify, scales or lightens any coins minted or "coined" in the United States or any foreign coins which are by law made current or are in use or circulation as money within the U.S. (18 U.S.C. 331) It is also a crime to fraudulently possess, pass, publish, sell or attempt to possess, pass, publish, sell or bring into the U.S. any such coin with knowledge that the coin has been altered, mutilated, defaced, etc. (18 U.S.C. 331) Defacing currency with the intent to alter the bill to gain a benefit is illegal. If someone alters a written instrument (such as a check) without permission and with the intent to gain a benefit, then it is called forgery, which is a crime. If one tried to alter a cash bill (like changing a $5 bill to a $20 bill) for the purpose of presenting the altered bill to gain a benefit, then that could be considered a forgery. Forgery of United States Currency in this manner is called counterfeiting and carries with it very stiff penalties.
-JMS- anthea151 year ago

It is legal to deface money if it is not going to be used as "money" when you are done with it its perfectly legal to make jewelry out of coins.

RVogel (author)  anthea155 years ago
Well, if that is the case then I think we shall be seeing a major crackdown on all of the penny smashing machines that are stationed at all the major theme parks, zoos, science centers, and tourist traps around the nation. I probably possess enough flattened pennies from the Woodland Park Zoo to have me put away for life. I'm flushing them down the toilet right now. i.e.- I don't think it's a big deal.
paqrat RVogel3 years ago
Oh, don't do that. You'll have the EPA all over you for dumping possibly toxic elements into the environment. ;)
It's illegal to attempt to make a fraudulent coin or to make a cheap coin worth more (try to make a nickel into a dime or quarter). You can however burn/melt down/ destroy your money if you so choose. You just can't attempt to spend it afterward.
Oh here we go again.....
Awesome job! I've been wearing a cross made of nails and wire for a while, and it's becoming tarnished/corroded. I've gotta try this sometime!
Using any kind of coin 1965 & earlier is not using commen since. Selling it & letting someone else enjoy it in there collection. Some coins can be worth $1,000.00's of dollars. Please check into pricing of the coin before u destroy it. Or use something besides a coin with silver content. Or better, just let me enjoy it in my collection.
If ur going to destroy it.
ninjanody2 years ago
very good idea.... thanks for sharing
bluemoon62 years ago
Great idea for a beginner or anyone...and great instructions..thanks for sharing..
XxZombiexX2 years ago
Hopefully you still check messages on this post...

I like the project, very nice result from simple steps!

Question: Could you (or anyone!?) help me out with the name of the mini hand drill pictured in step #6? Looks like the type you push and it cranks itself around with a spring and spiral action, but I don't know what to call that type of tool!
paqrat3 years ago
Well executed design, well done instructable. If I had a helm I would doff it to you, sir.
I don't care people, this is beautiful. Again, as with MOST of my POSTS, I think it would be fabulous done with alcohol inks!
sunshiine4 years ago
I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.
I still don't get it. What does that letter "t" stand for and why do so many people wear it?
It's not a letter, Tyler, it's a representation of the cross on which our savior Jesus Christ was crucified for our sake and for our salvation, under Pontius Pilate. The reason that so many people wear it is because crosses are a constant reminder of the day that Jesus died for us. I'm still half-assuming that you just posted that as a joke, btw.
So you think
Yup. Just because you don't think so doesn't make it untrue. On the same note, me believing it's true doesn't make it true.
I wasnt trying to say that you were wrong, its just that you were saying that like it was fact. Which it isnt. Im also glad to find someone as open minded as you.
Nah, it really is refreshing to find someone who accepts the possibility that theyre wrong.
Ahh. Well I can fully accept that there's a chance that I'm wrong. I've studied sufism, Bhuddism, Islam, the Jews, Jehova's Witnesses, the Amish, etc. etc. so I have a generally unusual perspective on life. On the other hand, I'd rather live my life believing that there is a god and be wrong than live my life believing there was no god, then coming face to face with god. But yeah, I can fully accept the fact that there's a good possibility of me being wrong. From your mistakes, you learn. From succes... not so much :P
No, judging from your previous comment, the main idea of your belief is impossible to assume that it is wrong.

God Bless

My devolving-thread sense is tingling!
RVogel (author)  TehAwesome5 years ago
Chill pill people. It's a craft project on making a necklace. This ain't the crusades.
Well spoken.
I thought it was a symbol of the quartering of the universe into active and passive principles... Silly me and my primitive superstitions!
Nice! :)
Natasha Dee4 years ago
Lol... Take a look at any 'ible that involves a coin or currancy of any sort. The same argument is on every single one. EVERY ONE!
Highball4 years ago
You may give it to someone as a gift, if they are old enough, you may choose a coin of their birth year and arrange so that that date is visible and then not defaced. A nice extra touch.
rjyoung675 years ago
The coins are hardly worth anything anymore so you might just as well make something nice out it!!
they are worth way more! Is silver....worth more than copper? nice job watson haha
its worth a dollar whats its always been smart one!!
Love the texture... thanks for the instructable!
are you really allowed to do that? isn't destroying government property illegal?
Its legal. Because if you have money, you own it and can do everything you want.
you dont own it its the governments you dont keep the money until the world ends its not burryed with you now is it??
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