In this tutorial we are going through the few simple steps in how to craft/"smith" a coin ring with a flat surface. But, if your careful (and with some luck) whit the last step you will be able to have some of the pattern from the coin on the inside edges. :)
Step 1: Materials
Price: 1 – 5$ || Time: 3 – 4 h || Difficulty: Easy – Medium
For this project we need:( "1.")
- A coin (without nickel)
- Anvil (or for example an weight)
- Drill and screwdriver
- Metal Polish and polish disc
- Washers 2pcs
In the price the tools are not included. But, screw, washers, nut, coin, and polish is!
The Anvil can be replaced with something else that can take a pounding, for example a weight!
This project is time and muscle consuming. Recommended is that you craft/"smith" this in intervals, both for you and your neighbors. Make sure that you do not disturb any one or doing this project in hours that are inappropriate. Make sure to check your law in destroying money. :)
Step 2: Watch This Video First! :)
Start by watching this video, all steps are shown in this video done by me!
If you can not watch the video thru the "picture frame", then you can follow this link instead! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-1fY4sXy1o
Step 3: Your Way!
Start of by chose how you want to roll the coin! You are going to do this for approximately 3h if nothing goes wrong..
"1." Show a method where you are going to roll the coin by hand. this can be a little bit more tricky to get a smooth movement/roll on the coin. But with this method you can let the coin roll between your fingers the whole length of your anvil/weight without changing grip .
In "2." I have drilled a hole and attached a screw and a nut throe the hole, with a washer on each side of the coin. With this method you can with ease create a smooth movement/roll. The coin will not get stuck on uneven edges and such. But on the downside, you need to get a new very often while spinning the screw between your fingers.
The choose is yours! ;)
Step 4: Hammering, Hammering, Hammering... Polish!
This header may be a little bit misleading.. You should definitely NOT hammering! more truly you should ->TAP<- the coin!!
From now it dose not matter which method of rolling the coin your using.. Place the coin with the side on your anvil, as shown in "1.". Than grab your hammer and start taping. Tap often and almost only let the hammer fall on the coin with its own weight. Do not forget to role the coin, a evenly spread deforming is to prefer! It can take up till 15min before you can see any change at all. If your stressing and start to hit the coin to hard it will instead start to bend, and the whole project is ruined...
The goal is to make the edge to "spread"with a mushroom shape when we force the metal down against the middle. You can see how I mean in "2."!
Keep hammering until you reach the right size! not the width, but the size... If the rings width is to large for your liking when the size is right you can simply use a plain file and remove until your pleased! :) But.. if the width is to small... then you have to start over.. :( Using a larger coin does often solve this problem and makes sure that this unpleasant surprise appears after 3-4h!
If you have hit the coin to hard and the ring have started to bend, you may try this!
Place the ring plat against your anvil, place another coin on top and hit this coin. This will damage your rings edges but may save the project! But if your unlucky you may need to start over...
After your ring has the right size, drill a whole in the middle (if your rolling the coin by hand), then use your round file and remove the rest of the material until your close to the edge. If your careful you ma be able to save some "traces" of the original coin pattern in there! :) When this is done simply polish the ring and your done!
Best of wises and happy crafting! :)
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