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:
* 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.