Quarter Ring





Introduction: Quarter Ring

About: Interested in all sorts of things. wanting to start doing glass blowing, more welding and some smithing work. And help would be graciously accepted.

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

You now have a new ring.



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    39 Discussions

    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?

    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.

    Yeah, just a regular drill bit and drill.

    is it just a regular drill?

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

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

    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!!!!!

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

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

    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.


    4 years ago

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

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

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    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.

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