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I decided I was going to try coin cutting, so I chose a coin with a design that would cut out well, something with a figure that has distinct boundaries, not some design that is integrated into the background filling the entire coin.  I chose a 10 cent piece from Singapore made in the 60s for this reason, and I thought it would look better than just cutting out a random portrait.

Step 1: Materials

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The first thing you will obviously need is a coin to cut, remember that a more detailed figure will be harder to cut.  If you use a fairly common non precious coin, you can find one that will have a very nice end result for maybe $2-4 with shipping.

For tools, you will see I am using a simple v block to cut the coin on made of a piece of oak.  It will really help having this to support the coin as you cut it.  You will see other people using a device that sort of pinches the coin while you work on it.  That will save you a lot of strain, but if you hardly ever cut coins it might not be worth the investment.

The three main tools you will need for cutting it out will be a drill with some pretty small bits, a jeweler's saw, and a bunch of files.  I used a dremel with a 61 gauge drill bit I think.  While using the jeweler's saw, you will go through blades extremely fast.  I think I snapped about 5 blades, so have extra blades, 4/0 size is probably the best.  Files may be useful to help smooth things out when you are done, but I didn't have too much need for them.

I also used a bit of silver plated wire to create something to allow this to be put on a chain.  I think the drill hole was about 1mm, finding a chain that thin would be a pain, so creating something to allow this coin to hang from will make this a better pendant.  I used a toothpick to bend the wire around, and a pair of wire clippers to cut the ends off.
robert.delicy4 months ago

Guys how do you get it so smooth, I am using a .5 and .7 cutting blades, and mine are jaggered, even using bees wax doesnt work. any advice please

That is awesome! So precise!
Islam Safir3 years ago
Nice ible , allow me to suggest a solution for the metal filings problem you had , mainly i use an aquarium air bump, but also you can use a fine artist brush , because if you can't see the details you can't cut it , also this coin is hard alloy and it needs lubrication -a lot of it- for me i use a WD-40 oiling pen you can see a picture of it in my ible here http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-cut-coins-to-make-jewelry/
and with practice you won't break hardly any blades , most of the times i replace blades because they have gone dull not broke
generic_username (author)  Islam Safir3 years ago
I used a tealight candle and just rubbed that on the blade. It helped a bit. It seems they mainly snap when I try to turn the blade to much to the side while cutting.
mygibzone3 years ago
This is really cool! Does the design already have to be on the coin or can you do your own design?
generic_username (author)  mygibzone3 years ago
You can make the design on your own, completely make your own design, or add things to the design of the coin. There are several designs of presidents smoking things I have seen where they just added a bit to the portrait, Lincoln smoking a pipe and Washington smoking a blunt.
scoochmaroo3 years ago
Wow, that is really gorgeous!