Quarter Ring





Introduction: Quarter Ring

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If you have a quarter from 1964 you're in luck because you can make a silver ring, but if not you can make a bronze and nickel ring. This project will take about about an hour and after that you will have a fine looking ring that you can show off to all your friends.

Step 1: Tools Required

1. Hammer
2. Dremel
3. Dremel diamond encrusted drill bit
4. Dremel sanding wheel
5. Gloves
6. File, optional
7. Quarter

Step 2: Flatten the Sides

Get your quarter out and  take your hammer of choice and start to tap gently on its rim, hint dont tap it to hard or the quarter you have chosen to use will bend oven. Rotate the quarter around tapping as you go,  Around the 30 minute mark you should have flattened the edge to about the right width.  

Step 3: Drilling

This is where the gloves and dremel/drill bit come in. What are the gloves for you may ask? They're so when the quarter gets scorching hot from drilling, your skin wont start to fall off.
Start by holding the quarter between your fiengers along the rim. Turn on your dremel with your drill bit inside. After you've set everything up, hold the quarter steady and drilll away. Try and make the hole as big as you can so you can fit your dremel sander wheel inside.

Step 4: Sanding

This is where you decide if you would rather use a file or the sanding attachment for your dremel. This, I would say, is the easiest step. All you have to do is sand or file untill you reach the outer ring of the quarter.

Step 5: Finished

Almost done if you have any ruff spots shave these down with your dremel. In addition to not getting cut from ruff pots you're also polishing your ring while sanding it, then just add a bit of clear coat so your finger does'nt turn green and you're done.

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By the way, in regard to the coin I used to make my coin ring... It was not in very good condition to begin with, so it's "coin" value was rather low. I would like to warn those who want to use an older coin because of the silver content, to first check the coin's value to see if you may devaluing the coin in making it into a ring. If so, I highly recommend selling it to someone who may value it more, and instead look for, or buy on Ebay, a coin with cheaper value.

I used this method on a 1945 Walking Liberty Half Dollar and was VERY happy with the results. I used a 2-horn hobby anvil so that I could also tap the rough inside surfaces down. I had underestimated how small I was making the ring, as the ring ended up being a little small for my finger after cutting it out... so tapping the ring on the horns was a way to enlarge the ring to make it fit better. When tapping the ring, make sure you don't hit it very hard as it could put a stress fracture in it. After drilling I used a jeweler's saw to cut the inside out. It is much cleaner & easier than drilling or dremeling. I did use the dremel and a grinding stone to bring the excess down a bit before hitting it on the anvil's horn. I also took a fine sanding sponge to rub the ring on to get the sides even. I lightly buffed the outer and inner edges to round them over so they're not sharp. Lastly, I lightly buffed the entire ring to polish and give it a "brushed" look. I am attaching a photo of my finished ring.

Coin Ring.jpg

I will try this, hope it will work out fine!

I used a hammer at first, then a spoon to give it a nicer finish.

I did this and it turned out awesome (patience is definitely needed when doing the hammering or else wavy gravy). But, no matter how hard I try my finger is still the same size as when I started, maybe a tiny bit bigger. Am I missing something? Do I hammer the finger or the quarter or do I alternate?
Either way I guess if it did grow bigger I'd have to use a half dollar then so I guess it saves me a quarter doing it the way I am now. Anyway, nice ible and nice finger too.

I used a mini hammer I got at the dollar store to begin the shape and fine tuned it with light taps from the longer shaft of a screwdriver. I then took this tut one step further and played with some salt water etching.

Paint the whole ring with nail polish, and scratch out a little design. Take a 9v battery and wrap the positive and attach it to the ring ( scrape the side of the ring where you attach it for connection). Get a small bowl and fill it up with water and table salt ( I used margarita salt; all I had available at the time) and mix it with the water. Submerse the ring and drop the negative lead in, and wait about 5-6 hours.

Smaller designs etch faster this way but for bigger designs, take a q tip and connect the negative lead to one of the cotton sides about a 1/4 from the end. Dip it in the solution, and etch away. I have seen people use a stronger power source such as a car battery charger but whatever floats your boat. Don't breath in the gas emitted from this by the way. (Not responsible for whatever happens).

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SORRY about no responce for 2 days. Im am quite astounded with the work you have done, although i have never heard of salt water etching i think i will try it thanks for the pictures and responce.

if you use a lighter hammer, or even a spoon (works the best) then your ring will turn out a LOT better, but nice job!

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Very true but it would take around 2-3 hours with a spoon.

I think you've skipped something in creating this. Perhaps you meant for "Tools required" to be Step 1? Typically, you want the title of your instructable to describe what it is that you made, or that you're explaining how to do, and you want the Introduction to give some background, or description, or justification, for why the user should keep reading.

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Ah, now it makes sense! Nice little project. You might consider using a spell checker. Since not everyone who reads Instructables is a native English speaker, misspellings and poor grammar can be a substantial barrier to understanding.

It's not pedantry. Suppose you were trying to figure out something written in French, with just a little knowledge of that language. If the writer misspelled many of the words, or didn't use standard grammar, you would have a really difficult time figuring out what they wrote, since dictionaries couldn't help you.

This is so true. I was trying to translate a Spanish recipe, and the author had evidently used "texting language". There were several words that wouldn't translate on Google Translate or Babelfish, but as an example, K couldn't be translated. It was text for "que".

I see copper... I'll assume you didn't actually have a pre-1964 quarter to work on? Apparently the copper will turn your finger green. Yuck.

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I burn threw three layers of clear coat in about 6 hours, then my finger turns green. Not even doing outside work, just that skin is naturally abrasive.

sorry about turning your finger green. If you want it to be a sure fire thing try using clear coat finger nail polish on the inside.

no I use clear coat finger nail polish and my ring has'nt turned green in 2 weeks i guess it's just more permanent. If your finger turns green in a couple of weeks just give it another coat, or go to a coin collecters store, and by a coin of your choice that does'nt have bronze in it. good luck