Annealing & Quenching
Working silver, gold, copper, and similar metals require you to anneal the metal. Annealing is simply heating the coin to a dull red glow which makes the metal more malleable and easier to work with. Through-out the crafting process of pressing and stretching, the coin will work harden and need to be annealed a few times.
Punching The Hole
Before you can begin folding the coin into a ring, you first have to make the initial center hole. The quickest way to do this is with a punch set. Cheaper punch sets for general use can be had for around $25 at online stores such as Harbor Freight. The better punch kits specifically made for coin rings run quite a bit more, around $200, but come with different size punches and special rings that self-center any U.S. coin to make a perfectly centered punch. Punch sets like the one shown can be found at www.JasonsWorks.com.
Stretching & Folding
Once the initial hole is punched it’s time to start the folding process. Folding is done by using cones and delrin ball bearings placed inside the center hole and pressed into coin ring dies using a ring stretcher/ reducer or arbor press. Here, after a series of cones, the coin will take on a cone shape itself. It is then put on the stretcher and given a few pulls to straighten up the walls a bit and help remove some of the cone shape. The next step is to flip the coin rim-side down in the die and it’s given a good press to remove the rest of the cone shape. At this point the coin will resemble a ring.
The next step is to flip the coin rim-side down in the die and it’s given a good press to remove the rest of the cone shape. At this point the coin will resemble a ring.
Sanding & Polishing
The last step of how coin rings are made is to fine tune, sand, and polish the coin ring. The edges are removed and rounded with a rotary tool and fine sanding drum to provide more of a comfort fit.From there it is given a high polish shine using buffing wheels and silver polish or, if preferred, given an antique finish using liver of sulfur or special antiquing solutions. The final result is a stunning ring made from an authentic coin and sure to grab the attention of anyone in the room.
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