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Do you have a quarter from 1964 or before? If you do, it is made of silver. You can turn that coin into a nice silver band using a spoon, a drill, and a metal file.
A quarter will yield a small ring, size ~7 or less. You can get a larger size but the ring will be very skinny. If you want a larger size ring, a Kennedy half dollar will work well. Again, anything 1964 and earlier will be silver.

Materials needed:
-Silver quarter
-spoon
-drill
-metal file

Optional but recommended
-Vice grips
-dremel
 
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Step 1: Find a silver quarter

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I was lucky enough to find two silver quarters in my change, but unless you are looking, you may not find one. Any quarter from 1964 and earlier should be silver. They are much lighter in color than newer quarters. I've read you can use the the sandwiched coins, but the metal is harder and it wouldn't be a silver ring. You can also buy one at a coin dealer for a couple dollars.
DO NOT buy an expensive silver coin for this, you will be destroying it.

Step 2: Start tapping

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Now comes the tedious part. Hold the coin with one hand and tap the edge with a spoon. Turn the coin as you tap. Tap Tap Tap. Tap the ring in the center of the edge as much as possible. This will keep the edges of the ring from bending under.
**Do your tapping when no one is around, the tapping can get very annoying to others in the nearby vicinity.**
The more you tap the faster the ring will form. I was a casual tapper, I tapped while I watched TV. My first ring took a year to finish. If you're the impatient type you can speed up the process by using a hammer and a hard surface. If you do this you risk bending or warping the coin and your finished ring will look crude and rough. The small taps of the spoon give a much smoother beveled look.
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target022 (author) 1 year ago
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target022 (author) 3 years ago
Where can I get a silver quarter?
If you wait to find one in your change, it may take forever. You can buy one but it would probably cost you more than a quarter. One way to get a silver quarter for free is to use a method that coin collectors use called Coin Roll Hunting.

Basically, you go to your bank and withdraw as much money as you can in the form of quarter rolls. Take them home and look through the coins for silver ones. The more rolls you get the better your chances are of finding one.  All the regular coins go back in the rolls and you can deposit them back into your account.

Good Luck!
oh and i just got off the phone with a nice lady at this place: Department of the Treasury 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20220 General Information: (202) 622-2000 her name was lynn. please call her or any one there. she told me that the law states that if you make jewelry out of money, and make it so you can not spend it any more. then its 100% legal to deface money. she also told me that if you watch the home shopping network and see all the coins that they make in to rings and necklaces. that a good way to find out if its legal. she also told me that she had a lady call her 4 days ago and ask her about making quarters in to necklaces and she told her the same thing.
RenalsH made it!6 days ago

This is the one I made. I tapped it with a spoon (hold the spoon opposite the way shown above) this will give you a much smoother finish. Then I drilled a small hole in the center, inserted a tapered mandrel and sanded the outside to a nicer finish with 600 grit wet paper. After that I continued to drill out the center hole bigger with a step drill. After I was not able to drill any more- hard to hold the small ring without risking drilling a hole in myself- I used a dremel to finish cutting it out to size. I also used a polisihing wheel on my dremel to remover any sharp edges and to buff it to a high shine. My girl has tiny fingers so I had to bring it down to a 5.5 which took quite a bit of time. She already had one that she treasured- her grandpa made it for her grandma during the war, now she has 2- she absolutly loves it and cannot believe that it was hand made.

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Officer398 days ago
Can I make it with a silver dime from 1955
roxy23232 years ago
Actually, you're incorrect about this being a federal crime and I wouldn't advise people to destroy federal currency. Under 18 U.S.C. § 331 (US Code 18, Section 331) it says:

"Sec. 331. Mutilation, diminution, and falsification of coins

STATUTE-
Whoever fraudulently alters, defaces, mutilates, impairs,
diminishes, falsifies, scales, or lightens any of the coins coined
at the mints of the United States, or any foreign coins which are
by law made current or are in actual use or circulation as money
within the United States; or
Whoever fraudulently possesses, passes, utters, publishes, or
sells, or attempts to pass, utter, publish, or sell, or brings into
the United States, any such coin, knowing the same to be altered,
defaced, mutilated, impaired, diminished, falsified, scaled, or
lightened -
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five
years, or both."

Just an FYI...

Actually you misread the law. The key part is "are in actual use or circulation as money within the United States" or to pass on the money as actual money. It is no longer going to be accepted as a "coin" at this point so that part of the law is not talking about this.

Please don't try to practice law unless you're a lawyer.

The "fraudulently" qualifier in that law is extremely meaningful. As in, it makes the law mean nothing near what you think it means.

Just an FYI...
RenalsH26 days ago

You will want to hold the spoon the opposite way that is shown in the picture. Hold it so that the part that holds your cereal is the part that hits the spoon. This will give a much smoother ring than the ring in the image. The edges are very rough on the ones pictured.

JM19991 month ago

"God we rust" - Quarter in photo 3 of step 2 -

Did you notice they were the only words left?

Nice 'ible, I wonder how this would go with Aussie currency there is no copper/silver join so it might turn out!

stubnosec361 month ago

Cousin did it with a silver dollar, beautiful and fat.

saralex1 month ago

also I don't understand the drilling part. can someone explain it more please? do you drill the center of the quarter out or drill in the band?

saralex1 month ago

can you do this with a 1990's to 2000+ quarter?

saralex1 month ago

so how does it become a ring!? just by tapping it?

target022 (author)  saralex1 month ago
Yup, the metal spreads out to form the ring. Start tapping to see it yourself.
lsink132 months ago

I was just wondering if a gold dollar would work? My fingers are a bit chubby :P also, I saw the post below but didn't quite understand, is making these rings illegal?

lsink13 lsink132 months ago

Sorry, I read farther, and now I know it isn't illegal unless I try to use for money :P but I was still wondering about the gold dollar

target022 (author)  lsink132 months ago
You can use a gold dollar but the metal is a lot harder. You will need a hammer and anvil or hard surface. Also if you look closely there's another metal in the center of the coin, maybe copper like, so the ring won't be gold. It will be the center color with gold edges. Should work though.
lsink13 target0222 months ago

Alright, thank you! I'm excited to try this. Also, will drilling work even if you dont have a vice/clamp? also, what if you don't have a drill bit big enough to make the ring the right size? Sorry lots of questions :)

target022 (author)  lsink132 months ago
You don't need one large drill bit, just use a little one and drill holes in a circle and pop the center out. Then file the edges to size. You'll need to hold the coin with something or it will just spin on the bit. You can hold it with your hand but the metal will get hot. Pliers maybe, just make sure you use a cloth or something to protect the coin from scratches. Good luck!
RiversP5 months ago

I have made several rings from silver quarters and half dollars. I use an old stainless silver soup spoon and an anvil I made from from a piece of small railroad track. After I tap on the rim until all date is well inside then I use an old case XX to bore a hole through it, then pare away the rest of the inside. Yes, it is a long process but well worth the effort. I have a tutorial of sorts at http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com/blind_pig_the_acorn/2012/03/how-to-make-a-silver-ring-from-a-quarter.html

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Poppenboom4 years ago
lol i looked in our change drawer and i found a bunch of state quarters, and 2 1965 lol but no 64s lol so im making a half silver half copper ring xD

yah silver coins are rarer than finding wheat pennies in circulation.

Gone through hundreds of dimes, nickels, and quarters and still havent found one. 6 1965's is what I have. hmm...

How do you make the ones with the 1964 and united states of america on the outside of the ring?

you can somehow heat the coin up and put a stick through the center, and flip it inside out.

I would try to drill the hole first, put a metal rod on the inside and use a nylon hammer to hit the quarter.

target022 (author)  NINJ4SP4RT4N3 years ago
Not possible using this method. The writing will always be on the inside of the ring unless you can somehow tap the ring from the center going out.
Tapping it from the center out will make the round part on the inside of the ring, haha!
Challenge accepted
It might work if you drill the hole first, and then take something that fits in the hole and tap from the inside out. I suggest trying it on something that you don't mind messing up on first before using a silver quarter.
well, isn't this illegal, defacing US currency? i use old chucky cheese coins.
No it is not, people always think it it but its not. The law say defacing US currency THEN trying to pass (use) it.
ok
pjopattarakul8 months ago
If the coin is too large can i tap until it gets smaller? I tried for 2 days but the size doesn't change or i'm being impatient?
FlappytheBat made it!8 months ago

Almost finished with mine. Having some luck with alternating between using a hammer and a spoon.

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darman121 year ago
I finished mine a few months ago, but just remembered to share it. I started with a spoon but it was driving me insane, haha. I used a hammer; luckily I didn't bend it. Then I used a dremal to remove the middle part. I didn't have an appropriate bit, so that took about three hours to do, haha.

I used a file to smooth out the ring, unfortunately you can't see the words from the quarter. I got a cool texture on part of the outside when I was trying to smooth it out with the dremal, but I couldn't replicate it on the whole thing.


Great instructable, I really enjoyed it :)
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Go_Wise darman128 months ago

What kind of hammer did you use? I ask because the tapping with a spoon is getting old hat and driving me insane as well and I'd like to speed up the process. A ball peen hammer, toffee-hammer, just a small regular hammer, etc?

darman12 Go_Wise8 months ago

Also, use light taps with the hammer.

darman12 Go_Wise8 months ago

Sorry for the late response! I just used a small household hammer; one that you would use to hang picture frames, etc.

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