How to make a ring from a coin with your own hands
When making rings, different materials are used (mostly gold and silver). Today's project is devoted to the technology of making a beautiful exclusive ring from not quite ordinary material, namely from a coin. The chip lies in the fact that the ring will retain the drawing of the coin. The project itself is simple, but before you get a decent ring you will have to spend more than one coin. With time, experimenting and improvising, you will come to excellent results.
You will need:
- Drill with a drill for metal;
- hammer with plastic pins;
- jewelery bolt (cone);
- clip of plastic pipe;
- dremel (mini drill for grinding and polishing)
First, you need to imagine how the ring will look, after the coin is rolled out. In the figure below, this is presented in a visual form.
Make a hole in the coin. It should be located strictly in the center. The diameter of the hole should roughly correspond to the inner diameter of the future ring.
Heat the coin to a red state, and then abruptly cool it (for example, dip it into cold water). The process of heating and quenching the metal is called annealing and is done to soften the coins (with a coin it will be easier to work). Repeat this operation periodically while making the ring.
Put the resulting blank in the form of a washer on the jewelry cone. Then, evenly along the entire circumference of the workpiece, apply blows with a hammer, bending it on the cone. To simplify the process, you can keep the bolt horizontally, pushing the coin into some hard (but not metal) surface, turning it slightly after each stroke. By the way, this is the longest and most tedious stage of work on the ring.
Periodically turn the ring on the jewelry cone wide part up. Do not worry if the ring fails the first time. Most likely to get a satisfactory result, it will take several coins.
Soon, the workpiece will acquire a rough appearance of the ring. At this point, you need to adjust the size of the ring. Use a jewelry cone and a hollow plastic pipe for this. To do this, gently blow the hammer on the pipe, lay the coin on the bolt to the desired size. By the way, at this step the ring will find a more round shape and increase in size. The main thing is not to overdo it - the way to squeeze the ring back has not yet been invented.
The next tedious stage of processing is coming - the ring needs to be polished in order to reveal the smallest details of the inscriptions. To facilitate polishing, it is better to use a dremel and a special paste. Before polishing, the workpiece should be reheated and lowered into cold water to descale. At the very beginning of polishing, proceed neatly - walk one or two times, wipe the ring and make sure that the small parts do not start to be eaten. It depends on the coin fusion. Steel will withstand and not such loads, but tender copper and, especially, zinc can wither. Do not forget about the inner part of the ring - it must also be polished.
That's all! If you do not stop halfway and have gone through all the stages of making the ring, then you have on your hands a unique ring of not quite the usual material.
PS This can happen very often, especially at the very beginning, until you fill your hand.