Introduction: Quarter Ring

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This is a simple ring that looks great with the here's tool marks. Just a little wire wheel and it will shine and get everyone's attention.

Items you will need:
* quarter
* jewelers mandril
* drill or punch and die set
* steel file (whatever kind works for you)
* dremel tool (with wire wheel, cutter/file tool, and a grinding stone bit)
* small hammer with any shape head that you want to have as tool marks. (I prefer a small hammer)
* patience and creativity. Best me! Get creative!

This is an entry for the jewelry contest so please vote for me and help me place! Could really use some new tools. Thanks everyone. And feel free to ask plenty of questions!

P.s. there are people complaining about how this is illegal. Well it's not. Here is a link to one of the many places that says its ok. You are not making it into any greater denomination. So please don't waste your time and my patience by not knowing your laws. Thanks. Have fun on your project!!!!!

Step 1: Drill or Punch Hole

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Drill a hole or punch a hole in the center of the quarter. Use a bit that is slightly larger than the tip of the mandril.

Step 2: Clean the Hole

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Use the dremal to bore out the scrap from the hole. If you used a punch and dye set you shouldn't have much cleaning. But if you drilled like me, then you have some cleaning to do. You can you use the cutter wheel carefully or the grinding wheel. Don't worry about scratching the face, it will look good with them.

Step 3: Place on Mandril

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Place the coin onto the mandril. The side facing up will end up being the outside of the ring. And the side facing down, the opposing inside of the ring.

Step 4: Make Two PVC Tools

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Take your PVC pipe and cut it in lengths of a foot to foot and a half, dealers choice. Cut one flat. And cut one at an angle. The angular one will be to fix any weak or morphing points. You can clean the scrap with your fingers if you used a saw.

Step 5: Hammer Down With PVC

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Take your two pieces of PVC and hammer the ring down the mandril. It will form. After a few wacks, it will mushroom. Hammer it off, flip it over and get it to form out.

Step 6: Hammer Time!

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After you flipped it and hit it down the mandril it will have gotten bigger. Now hammer it out and have fun. But he careful. I usually put the base of the mandril on my pelvis and sit in a chair, And hammer where the ring is basically in the palm of my hand on the mandril. Remember, the more you hit it, the more it forms out and gets bigger. You don't need to worry about the sides. You will file them to perfection.

Step 7: File It Out

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Press the quarter against the file grind it down. You can obviously use other tools for this but I like to use hand tools. Then once you have the width right and like it, gently and softly file the edges on top. You can also use the grinder dremal tool to clean up the inside edge.

Step 8: You Have a New Ring

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You now have a new ring.


bmalek (author)2015-09-22

I've tried making these and they all end up over-sized. I punch a hole just barely beg enough to fit over the mandrel. I've been using 50 cent piece sized coins. I like the large copper 1 penny from England. Lets say you want a size 8 ring. How far down should you hammer it on the mandrel?

crashzoom (author)2015-03-23

Great gift

jatoyet (author)2014-11-30

Beautiful. Nobody should care about the legality of such matters with what else goes on in the world! You may want to check the actual value of the coin you are using -just in case you got a rarity.
just my luck that would be the one time I got a valuable coin only to wreck it.

ccroft1 (author)2014-06-02

Yeah, just a regular drill bit and drill.

LunaDale (author)2014-06-01

is it just a regular drill?

ccroft1 (author)2014-05-25

The contest is ending on my bday!!! Omg I hope I win!!

ccroft1 (author)2014-05-22

Thanks for voting everyone. The contest is ending soon so pas this on please!!!

ccroft1 (author)2014-05-14

Thanks for all the support everybody. Please don't forget to vote as the contest is ending soon and j could really use a new drill for my garden I'm making. :) as well as a solar death ray that I will enter into a contest soon. :) thanks again!!!!!

Pure Carbon (author)2014-04-20

I like the way you made yours, the edges look so clean and smooth. How long did this take you to make it?

tisaconundrum (author)2014-04-18

I remember seeing a video running around youtube about how to do this. Are these two correlated?

ccroft1 (author)2014-04-09

Honestly, practice practice practice. But hammer it down with a couple taps, flip it, and hammer it flat as soon as possible. It you have a keepers anvil, that may help.

csizer (author)2014-04-09

I tried this with an all silver liberty half dollar. didn't come out well. how do you get it to a specific size?

heathershappykidds (author)2014-04-07

What diameter would be good to get on this PVC pipe?

try 3/4"

3/4 to an inch is about right

softball9 (author)2014-04-07

My dad made me one before u posted this and everyone loved it

MCcashregister (author)softball92014-04-08

cool but it's only worth 25 cents...jk I'm sure your dad worked hard on it

CobraTester (author)2014-04-06

Get a Quarter from 64 or older and it will be silver all the way through.

Plus it will probably be easier to work and take a better final finish.

rmorissette (author)CobraTester2014-04-06

64? In USA? Because in Canada I think it's 45 and older quarters that are made of silver.

CobraTester (author)rmorissette2014-04-06

Yea in the US.

64 was the last year the US minted silver coins before switching to the bimetal design.

hammettt (author)CobraTester2014-04-07

Canadian quarters were sterling (92.5% silver) until 1919. 1920-1967 they were 80% silver. 1967-1968 they were 50% silver. After that, they are nickel, except for some special strikes in silver.

stoobers (author)hammettt2014-04-07

i think after 68 they became some kind of cobolt alloy, bec. they can be picked up with a magnet.

hammettt (author)stoobers2014-04-07

They are pure nickel, which is also magnetic; unlike our (US) nickels which are only 25% nickel. At 25% nickel, you have to have a very powerful magnet to get any attraction.

holly-g (author)2014-04-07

Very novel! I like its multi tonal and the texture too! TY

snoopindaweb (author)2014-04-06

I made a ring out of a 1947 half dollar "big hands" I drilled a 1/2" hole and started in. By the time it fit My finger it was about 1/4" wide with a double edge. One day I happened to notice between the small inside edge and the large out side edge some markings. when I looked closer I could read the mostly full letters saying United States of America, and on the other side I could read most of Liberty, and plainly read In God We Trust. Yup.

ccroft1 (author)2014-04-06

No, it would be %90 silver %10 copper @cobratester. And @kjolpdx, that would be fine if they were silver. There not. But I have don't that too. It's a good method.

kjlpdx (author)2014-04-06

I remember from metalshop people making rings from quarters. they would pound the edge with a spoon until the quarter was fatter and smaller diameter, then drill out the center. took all day of soft blows.

iamunique127 (author)2014-04-06

Good one. I wouldn't have guessed it was so easy.

Any tips on mandrils? Cano one make them, where to buy, can they be cheaply had?


Saukkomies (author)iamunique1272014-04-06

Mandrels may be found in many different types of shops, including second-hand. However, if you don't want to spend the time and gas money looking around, you can order mandrels through Amazon, among many other online sites. I took a peak at Amazon, and they have many different kinds of mandrels, however they don't have ring-sized mandrels that are smooth and of the right size to take a beating with a hammer too well. They do have high quality steel mandrels that are of the right size to make rings with, and look like they could take the hammering well, but they all have etched ring size markings along the shank, which I'm not sure would be very good for this job, since the etchings might interfere with the hammering process. At any rate, here's just one example:

togo1919 (author)2014-04-05

Very cool!

And it will last a LOT longer than the soda pop 3 quarters would buy...

Zero Indigestion, too, I bet!

twigxiii (author)2014-04-04

That's so cool!gotta have a go

MandalorianMaker (author)2014-04-04

this looks like a waste of a a perfect 25 cents lol

Cometeer (author)2014-04-03

Never knew you could make coin rings with the newer coins. The older silver quarters work very well for this. Great work!

ccroft1 (author)2014-04-03

@shambolicmoose, I thought about that but didn't want to burn the mallet. And this way is easy, fun, and cheap so I enjoy it. but will get a mallet soon. Haha

shambolicmoose (author)2014-04-03

I have made rings in a similar way. If you anneal the coin and use a mallet you can hit it down over the mandrel and keep the design also. I like the beaten metal look though, will try one myself I think.

r-philp (author)2014-04-02

Since the cost to prosecute would waste more money than he's defaced, I doubt he's in any danger.

ccroft1 (author)2014-04-02

Not making it any greater denomination and also, nobody cares.

ccroft1 (author)2014-04-02

Feel free to vote! :D

struth novo (author)2014-04-02


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