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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

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

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
April 2013, One Million views......and counting.
target022 (author) 2 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.
RiversP5 days 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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Poppenboom3 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)  NINJ4SP4RT4N2 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
pjopattarakul2 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!2 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 darman123 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_Wise3 months ago

Also, use light taps with the hammer.

darman12 Go_Wise3 months ago

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

It's been about two months since I posted mine. Now it is starting to become dark and less shiny. I haven't been wearing it, it's just been sitting on my night stand.

Any idea why this is happening?
target022 (author)  darman121 year ago
The copper is starting to tarnish, you just need to polish it.
ray741 year ago
I have done this using a small hammer. They really turn out nice especially with the silver coins. Thanks for sharing this.
Go_Wise ray743 months ago

What kind of hammer did you use?

target022 (author)  Go_Wise3 months ago
I used a ball-peen hammer that had a short handle and tapped it against a small anvil.
darman12 ray741 year ago
You said "especially with the silver coins." Do you mean that you used regular quarters as well? I was wondering if it will still turn out well with copper quarters because I don't think I want to hunt for a silver one, haha.
ray74 darman121 year ago
My first attempt at this was with a regular quarter because I did not want to ruin a silver quarter while experimenting. The regular quarter turned out okay but I really don't like the stripe that it had in it. The silver quarter seemed to be a little softer too so if you use a small hammer take it easy and don't get too impatient with it. If you don't want to wait for a silver quarter to show up in your change you can always go to a coin store and purchase one (about $5.25 each). Tell them what you are planning to do with it and they will most likely show you the coins that do not have much value as a collecting thing. The price will still be more than a quarter but you won't be paying for a high price coin just to turn it into a cool ring :)
woodman983 months ago
Out of all the quarters I have, I found seven or eight 1965's and zero 1964 or before. I'm so mad lol
Can you use a more recent quarter, say 2014 if you wanted to?
target022 (author)  stramproductions3 months ago
Yes, but you are better of using a hammer and a hard surface like an anvil. Go through the comments, there are pics of newer quarters being used.
lirvine3 months ago
Just followed this and made myself a ring using a 10pence coin. The only thing I changed was that I used a toffee hammer as the spoon was taking a bit too long for my liking. :)
aflores325 months ago
My husband has made some beautiful ones with a ring mandrel, drill press, and other jewelry tools he purchased for cheap online. You can also get them at Michael's, Wal-Mart, and Hobby Lobby. He made some with the state quarters. You can see the pictures and the dates. They look pretty cool. I am sending my sister and her hubby a pair as temp wedding rings since theirs were destroyed.
ethomas156 months ago
Yes or no is this legal
target022 (author)  ethomas156 months ago
Yes, it is legal.
iphlue6 months ago
My grandfather taught me this very method 35 years ago. brings back fond memories.
jenise20006 months ago
Omg wow ths is amazing only problem is i live in the uk do u know wht coin i can use?
wrush3 years ago
now i just have to find a siver quarter :/
anybody know if you can use a nickel???
squiggy2 wrush2 years ago
I'm Australian so excuse me if I'm wrong, but I am going to assume a nickel is made of nickel. In which case it is quite a bit harder than silver - almost as hard as some steels. This means the spoon tapping method won't work, and in general shaping it will be much more difficult. That said, its only worth 5(?) cents so there's no harm in trying!
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