Step 5: Polish your new ring

I found that the small taps from the spoon gave a nice polished look already. You can use the dremel to clean out any rough areas inside the ring. If you opted for the quick and dirty hammer method you may need to polish the outside of the ring. I suggest several rounds of polishing, coarse --->fine grit.
After that you are done.
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.
<p>it is not illegal to alter coins into jewelry it is however illegal to make a coin out of a quarter and claim that its value greater than 25 cents. If that makes sense haha</p>
<p>EDIT</p><p>... illegal to make ring out of quarter and claim...</p>
<p>Thanks for the info. With all the weird laws surrounding these things it's hard to know when you might be doing something completely innocent that violates some random statute.</p>
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<strong>Where can I get a silver quarter?</strong><br> 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 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coin_roll_hunting" rel="nofollow"><strong>Coin Roll Hunting</strong>.</a><br> <br> 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.&nbsp; All the regular coins go back in the rolls and you can deposit them back into your account.<br> <br> Good Luck!
If it was illegal and against the law to deface or make jewelry out of quarters are different change then why would they have the penny press is that they have at zoos in different places.
<p>I like jewellers in london and specially this article of bracelet and have to view recently and there is really available lot of variety of jewellery, including engagement rings.</p><p>http://jewellery-style.blogspot.com//2012/02/charm-bracelet.html</p>
<p>According to Title 18, Chapter 17 of the U.S. Code, which sets out crimes related to <a href="http://www.livescience.com/2058-profound-history-coins.html" rel="nofollow">coins and currency</a>,<br> anyone who &ldquo;alters, defaces, mutilates, impairs, diminishes, falsifies,<br> scales, or lightens&rdquo; coins can face fines or prison time. The same goes<br> for debasing &ndash; that is, decreasing the proportion of precious metals &ndash; <br>in <a href="http://www.livescience.com/11363-top-10-rare-coins.html" rel="nofollow">gold or silver coins</a> struck or coined at an American mint.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>In your 2nd and 3rd pictures, I can see the rounded shape already taking form. Did you have to carefully round the edges like that throughout the tapping, or did you only hit it dead in the center (and it naturally curves in)?</p><p>I really like the end look of yours and want to get it right the first time.</p>
Thank you very much for the compliment!!!<br>By holding the spoon with the &quot;cereal&quot; side towards the coin- it will naturally give it the curve that mine has. All I did was keep tapping it straight on the coin. Do the best you can to keep straight but don't worry since the curvature of the spoon will follow the coin edge and will not ruin it. That being said it will take much longer if you tap crooked. Good luck and post pictures. I would like to see your finished product.
Ahh, the light bulb went on, but a bit late. I get it, you hit the coin with the inside of the bowl part of the spoon. Very helpful tip!
<p> yes exactly. Sorry for the bad image but the spoon and coin should come together as pictures. :-)</p>
<p>Thank you *so* much for responding! So you're saying that underside of the handle of the spoon was concave and not flat?</p>
<p>I made a ring like that and I love it ! I've been wearing it for a year and a half now, and I had to clean it once, just the same way I do with more traditional silver jewelry... Since I live in France, it was harder to find the right coin (I did find some french silver coins, but since the date isn't on the border, it disappeared when I drilled it). Anyway I found one for 4 euros, and it took me about a week to make it with the adequate tools (a hammer, an anvil, and a conical drill). As said in this tutorial, it is a bit more rough than shown in the pictures above, but I love this look. The big plus for me was being able to choose the date of the coin, (1961, first time a man was sent in space...), and now I never take it off. Thank you !</p>
<p>How do you have the patience to make this.. </p>
now i just have to find a siver quarter :/ <br>anybody know if you can use a nickel???
<p>nickels are very hard. A bit small as well. Silver is soft and far easier to work with. </p>
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!
<p>If you want to use a nickel this is the best way that I've found to make a ring. </p><p>http://www.instructables.com/id/Mens-5-Cent-Ring/</p>
Just found this tutorial and you asked a valid question that didn't get answered. So here is your answer..... In early minting days all coins had to made of gold, silver, or copper by law. A five cent piece was called a half disme (pronounced like dime). The first five cent piece made with nickel was created in 1866, the half disme stopped being minted in 1873. So there you have your answer.
If you find a nickel from the early forties, yes. Nickels were made of silver during WWII because the actual nickel metal was needed for bullets.
<p>I live in Australia, what coin should I use to make a ring?</p>
You need to find an old coin from 1945 or earlier like a shilling or florin (1910-1945) or a crown (1937-1938).<br>After 1945 and before 1963 the amount of silver in the coins dropped to 50%. They should work too, they will just be a little harder to tap.<br><br>Good luck.
<p>this is sooo cool!! in my jewelry box, is my grandpa's ring.. I think it was his wedding ring (he probably spent all his money on grandma's ring, so did this to have his own)... I always thought it was just a ring.. years after he died, my mom told me someone had made it from a quarter (or a nickel??).. anyways, to me it represents him .. simple, humble,.... precious.... perfect description...</p>
<p>Many years ago I met a young man who lived in a van and made rings out of pennies. He didn't drill the coin, but as I recall he pierced it, then placed it on a mandrel and used a small hammer to form it into a ring. The pennie was sufficient for a ring because he didn't waste any of it. It came out very nicely. He charged a dollar, which was a good profit.</p>
<p>Thanks for the instructable and I will definitely go search for older coins so I could try this DIY project during the weekend. If I could garner more than just a few coins, then I reckon I could even produce a nice silver necklace as a personal challenge for me.</p>
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. &sect; 331 (US Code 18, Section 331) it says: <br> <br>&quot;Sec. 331. Mutilation, diminution, and falsification of coins <br> <br>STATUTE- <br>Whoever fraudulently alters, defaces, mutilates, impairs, <br>diminishes, falsifies, scales, or lightens any of the coins coined <br>at the mints of the United States, or any foreign coins which are <br>by law made current or are in actual use or circulation as money <br>within the United States; or <br>Whoever fraudulently possesses, passes, utters, publishes, or <br>sells, or attempts to pass, utter, publish, or sell, or brings into <br>the United States, any such coin, knowing the same to be altered, <br>defaced, mutilated, impaired, diminished, falsified, scaled, or <br>lightened - <br>Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five <br>years, or both.&quot; <br> <br>Just an FYI...
<p>Uhh... You are missing a key point here... the term 'fraudulently'... If you melt a coin for the purpose of commiting fraud, for example mixing it with another metal and selling it as pure silver - that is a crime. Altering a coin into an unrecognizable shape (coin) for you and your husband would hardly be fraud... Besides, I doubt the government would spend the resources to prosecute someone who made a quarter and a half dollar into rings for their own use...</p>
<p>WOW, 5 years in the slammer would give me time to make FIVE of these beauties! I'll go for it!</p>
<p>Actually you misread the law. The key part is &quot;are in actual use or circulation as money within the United States&quot; or to pass on the money as actual money. It is no longer going to be accepted as a &quot;coin&quot; at this point so that part of the law is not talking about this.</p>
Please don't try to practice law unless you're a lawyer. <br><br>The &quot;fraudulently&quot; qualifier in that law is extremely meaningful. As in, it makes the law mean nothing near what you think it means. <br><br>Just an FYI...
<p>You tapped for a full year ? I probably won't have the patience to deal with this for more than 2 hours... </p>
<p>i like </p>
<p>That would be cool to make this out of a part copper coin, the two toned appearance would look nice in my opinion!</p>
<p>This is what my brother in law gave to my sister when he asked her to marry him, the quarter was the yr. of her birth...very awesome! I have since pounded out a few but they didn't turn out quite right...now I have the tips I need to do it right. Thank You!</p>
<p>the best way to get a silver quarter is ask the bank tellers to save one for you when they find one my SIL works at a bank she is always on the search for silver coins..........................................JS*</p>
<p>my best friend made one of these rings when we were in school over 50 years ago it took 2 spoons to complete the ring he wore a hole in the first spoon. you have to have staying power to do it...............................JS*</p>
Is not THAT hard to find 1964 quarters. I had 3 sitting in my jewelry box. Going to find a silver dollar and make his and her rings
I looked through handfuls upon handfuls of quarters and found no 1964 or before, so I'm trying it with a newer quarter. an I being impatient or does this take a really long time?
Can I make it with a silver dime from 1955
<p>Yes, but the ring will be very tiny in size.</p>
<p>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?</p>
<p>put your smallest drill right on Washington's temple for your first hole. Then scale up until the ring fits your finger. you may change to filing at any stage you like, but drilling works faster.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>use a brand new spoon in this fashion for top results.</p>

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