Silver Ring for Only 25¢





Introduction: Silver Ring for Only 25¢

About: My whole life I have thought of ways to make things that you can only go out and buy, follow me and I will teach you how to make all sorts of things. Praise carbon!

In this instructable I will be showing you how to make a silver ring, that's right silver. Now what if I told you that the silver to make this only costs 25¢'d probably call me crazy. Well actually it's true, all you need is a quarter that was made before 1964. This was the year that the coin mints stoped making their quarters out of silver and began making them the way they are today, so if you want to make this go to your local bank and ask for quarters that were made before 1964, obviously their not just going to give them away you will need to get change for a dollar. The bank teller will be happy to give you one because they constantly have coin collectors coming in and asking for coins from different years.

The question is, is this defacing money. Well technically it is, but most of the time old coins are either recycled or retired by banks so it should be fine to do this, even if you decide to use a new coin that's fine too. I hope you guys enjoy this and please vote for me in the jewelry contest, thank you.

Step 1: Materials

Just a few basic things you will need:
  • A quarter made before1964(if you want a silver one)
  • A quarter made after 1964(if you don't want a silver one)
  • A drill
  • A drill bit that so about the same size as your finger that will wear the ring
  • A round file
  •  A steel plate( the one that I had was from a previous project)
  • And a hammer

Step 2: Shaping

To start you will need to take your steel plate and your hammer and begin hitting the edges of the coin, while you do this slowly rotate the coin around and around, tapping it while you turn. 

Step 3:

Here's mine after ten minutes of pounding its about the size of a nickel.

Step 4:

After a half hour I was finally satisfied with the size so I set it next to an untouched quarter to compare it. How small you want it to be is up to you however it will take more time to make it smaller. The reason I took such a small amount of time is because I have really big hands.

Step 5:

Once satisfied, take your drill and drill out the center, It dosent have to be perfect because the file will take care of it in the next step.

Step 6:

Next you will need to take your file and smooth out the inside so you don't get scratched up when you put it on your finger.

Step 7:

When you have it to a point to where you like it your done and can enjoy your ring. What I did with mine is I took some copper wire and wound it around the ring and created an x pattern running along it, then I put some solder on the inside of the ring where the ends meet.  The only problem with this is that it makes it tighter. So thank you for taking your time to check out my instructable, please favorite and, or comment on this instructable and also vote for it.if like this be sure to follow me for many more in the future. If you've made this then I want to see it, so be sure to put your pictures in the comments that would be sweet. Thank you guys once again.



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    Out of all the quarters I have, I found six or seven 1965's, but no 1964 or before. I'm so mad lol

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    just an fyi...pre 1964 quarters are valued at about $25 each now. love the idea and I cant wait to try this.

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    And I'm not saying it isn't cool, I like it. I will try it when I get my healers anvil.

    I also did a ring for this contest, and I must say its nice but that is surely not silver. That's copper. You should know that.

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    You got me, but if I had a quarter that has made before 1964 it would be made out 99.4% silver. Unfortunately I couldn't find one a around my house.

    Great instructable! Just ignore the twatwaffles who want to rain on your parade.

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    Defacement of CurrencyDefacement of currency is a violation of Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code. Under this provision, currency defacement is generally defined as follows: Whoever mutilates, cuts, disfigures, perforates, unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, Federal Reserve Bank, or Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such item(s) unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

    Defacement of currency in such a way that it is made unfit for circulation comes under the jurisdiction of the United States Secret Service.

    I noticed that every thing is in a different font, is it possible that everything above you just copied and pasted, because that's what it looks like. What I think is that you read what I wrote and just decided to be that one guy to do research and comment to make yourself feel special. If this thing I made offends you than go ahead and call the cops on me for hitting a coin with a hammer, and while your at it why don't you tell them to arrest the hundreds of people on YouTube that have done the exact same thing, or Mabey you could tell them to arrest all those artists who use money in their works. In all truth I hate people who post stupid little comments like this one, good day sir.

    It's in a different font because it's copied from the US Government web site ! This is not about me, I don't need validation from you. It's about letting people know that if they do this they are breaking the law !! Don't really care if you HATE me, it's just reality OFFENCE taken or intended !!!

    So all of those machines at tourist attractions that roll a penny into a souvenier token are illegal, right? YOU ARE WRONG. You can quote all the federal laws you want but you don't understand what they mean. You own a coin and can do anything you wish with it. As long as you don't try and pass it after you modify it, you have broken no law.

    here is an example of someone who used money for art. Please take into consideration the fact that what I did was only ment for this purpose as well, and I would like to apologize for my work of art if it afends you, however what I said above I ment and do not take it back at all.


    I recently saw the director of the mint on a TV program talking about "defacing" a coin. She said you can do *ANYTHING* you wish to a coin (you DO own it) as long as you do not attempt to use it as money after you change it. YOU own the coin, you can do anything you wish with it, including making jewelry, making souvenier coins, hammering it into a foil, or soldering many coins into an artwork. The people who are citing federal law (at least US law) are mistaken as to what those laws mean. If you don't try to pass the modified coin after you butcher it, you are OK.