Instagram is a dangerous place for a craftsman… SO Many new ideas to see, and to Try. I’d seen coin rings— Rings made from coins— before, but done where you centerdrill a coin, put it on a bar, and hammer the outer edge, mushrooming it out to the sides, slowly while rotating the coin… When you get down to the diameter, or out to the width you want, then you drill/cut away the center to the ring sixe needed… Its an OLD process, been around for centuries…
But the ones I’m seeing now are done with a hole in the center, then working the coin sideawys, bending, stretching and shrinking it over, so that one side of the coin ends up inside the ring, the other side making the outer ring surface… Then it is stretched or shrunk to size… So that you get this sweet showing if the coins printing/images inside and out of the ring!
Lotsd of pics, and some videos later, and I figure I can do that! It can’t be as easy as it looks, but I’m pretty handy…
OK, so to be honest, this is my Second coin ring. The rist didn’t turn out so well. If I can figure out how to UN-screw it up, you’ll see it… If not… Well… 😉 (OK, you might still see it..)
Anyway, here is the one that worked, made from an Alaska state quarter. If you look close you can see the remnants of the coin edge on one side. And if you look Really close you can just read “ALASKA” in the face; I didn’t totally oblitherate the markings, just 99% of them. 😉 Now I see in the pics, there are a few letters faintly visible on the inner surface as well.
I figure that gets the process at least somewhat figured out… It I can get to be a little more gentle in the forming, refine a process and some different tools, I can I think get one with a lot more detail left on it. Big bonus is that all it costs to try is $0.25 😀 😉
AlthoughI do have a few other coins of different denominations to play with too;