Sunday, January 16, 2011

Ring from a Quarter

Have some spare time?  Feeling crafty?
Check out this old school way to make ring I just HAD to try!
Here is a simple ring that is MADE from money. 

So how bout changing this:

Into this?

Yep, I did it! Well, actually not quite. I couldn’t find a quarter, so instead I used a 10 pence coin.
But same effect!
I saw rings like this on etsy, and thought “how did they do that!” come to find out, my mother said it was all the rage back in the 70s. However, I have tweaked it just a bit!
Find a quarter, or similar looking foreign coin (I used a 10 pence because I couldnt find a good quarter). The catch! It must be completely silver. Nowadays quarters are copper on the inside. So, your best bet is to check the side. If you see copper on the side, then don’t use it. Rumor has it, if you can find one around 1968 or earlier, you are good to go.
Got your quarter? Onward!
Grab a hammer. Oh and a hard surface. I mean like metal hard. I hammered on top of a vice. You need a hard surface, or else this takes that much longer.
Back in the day, I’ve heard they used to use spoons for this part, and tapped instead of hammered…but I cannot even IMAGINE how long that would take.
Anyway, you want to hammer the edges. This will take longer than you expect. It took me about an hour and half…and I felt like I was hammering pretty hard. Your arm will start to hurt...its very tiring.

Just keep hammering, and spinning it in a circle. You will really do this for a long time. I had intended mine to fit on my right ring finger, (size 5.5) but made it much too big. With the thickness of mine, it ended up being about a 6.5.  If you hammer until you can see the writing from the outside of the coin, on the inside of where you are hammering (you will understand this when you get there…promise!) that makes about a 6.5.
Yes your hands will get black.
Next, you will want a drill. I hear a dremel works pretty awesome for this...but I was not in the mood to buy one. You really want to aim for the center, start with a small drill bit, and work your way up. If you miss the center, you get this. Which will frustrate you later. I promise.
Anyway, keep moving up sizes of drill bits until you get too close to the edge.
If you have a dremel, or a sander type bit for your drill…USE IT. I decided to go cheap, and buy a round wood file.
Now file it down until you’ve got the ring size you are looking for!
How much fun right?! Don’t forget to shine it up! I used some bleach cleaner the first time, but I’m sure soap will help too! Also after taking this picture, I used a cheapy wood nail file, and a nail buffer to shine up the outsides and take away a bit of the hammered look.
I even saw a few stories online of a man making one for his wife for her wedding band 40 years ago, and vice versa.  Yes, it will take you quite a while, but very rewarding in the end!



Pretty cool!! Love the tutorial too!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Traveling Thrifter

amazing tute!

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Craft Edition

Thanks for linking up to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Craft Edition - I featured you today! And on top of that, it was the most viewed link - wahoo! Mandy,

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage

Wow that is amazing!!! :)


So cool!!


These are so awesome! I used to make them all the time. They take some work, but they are a ton of fun!


I featured this today! Hooray! Swing by! :)



Soo.. What happens if you use a quarter with copper in it?


Well the copper ends up coming to the outside when you hammer it. So it will be a copper ring, but basically thats it!

Morna Crites-Moore ~Wicked Waif ~

I love this! And I want to try it! But I feel like such a dummy - I don't understand what you mean by hammering the edges ... do you mean that you set the coin on edge and hammer on the outside of the edge?? Help?


It's okay, I can understand how it would be confusing. Yes, you turn the coin on its side and hammer the outside edge. Eventually (I promise!) it will begin to flatten out and round like a ring. ie- the more you hammer it, the wider your band becomes.
If you hammer hard, you can start to see results in 30 minutes


VERY cool! Does it tarnish as you wear it?


I just put this on my C.R.A.F.T. facebook!

Priscilla - Wheelchair Mommy

WAY cool. Found you from CRAFT (she posted just above me, heheH)

Cowie Kaunweigh



My dad made my mom one of these back in the 70's before they were married (high school sweethearts). My mom, bless her heart, gave it to me when i was a teenager and i lost it. i still kick myself in the butt for losing something so cool and sentimental...and will never let her give me any jewelery of importance again.

Fantacy so Sweet-n-Stuff...

My Papaw did this for my Mamaw as her wedding band (and his...only he used a Silver Dollar for his). They met on Dec. 1, 1954 on a blind date and were married on Dec. 15, 1954 (so exactly 2 weeks to come up with 2 rings on a meager income). When my Mamaw passed away I was given her ring and my Papaw made a matching one for my husband (these are our wedding bands now). Even after over 55 yrs you can read the words inside the band :) (or at least the top or bottom half of the words...the other got filed away during smoothing). Ours are very smooth on the outside. I like the "hammered silver" look of the one on your blog just as well!




....just don't let the Feds catch on....this IS after all, a federal offense!!!


Haha, well they better arrest those penny presser machine makers too! Lol.


I just made this!!

Rachael @ The Little Birdie

AWESOME!! I can't wait to try this! :)

Rose ::

hai! we're new here at your blog.

pretty unique ring! I like it. makes me want to 'bang' things into the ring now... like words n jewels...

but .. not sure if we're up to all that hammering... i'll ask my readers...

if you have other great tutorials, we'd love to hear from you at our blog! Come on over for a visit.

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma

WOW no way I loooove this!! You are so creative!


My Father made one for my mother... 55 yrs ago. She wore it every day until she passed away 5 yrs ago and now I wear it. There is no way a gold ring would have lasted this long. My wedding band is 25 yr old and it is getting mighty thin, I'll probably have to get it welded in a few yrs. This makes a great heirloom.


Just found this via pinterest! And I'm 100% making one for my boyfriend and I :)

We were looking into matching promise rings and we couldn't find anything under like $100 a piece, so I'm really glad I found this tutorial.

Definitely making soon!

Thanks for sharing


This sounds familiar I think I remember it lol. I told my son about it he is going for te 30 minutes yo mention. He might make it but I foresee a finger getting smashed. OH BOY!


My husband made my engagement ring 14 years ago this way. He did use a spoon for the smushing and hand drilled and filed it.
In the end it was too big (I wasn't there to try it on). Now my engagement ring is a really cool, and loose, thumb ring. I LOVE it and receive a lot of compliments.
I liked reading about the bigger version made with a silver dollar. Maybe it's my turn to make one for him.

Lacie @ Creative Attempts

this is brilliant I found it on Pinterest but I am now your newest follower :)

TooShai Studios

That's so great! Thanks!

Sasha Fitzgerald

This is a fantastic idea! I'll have to try it out one day!

Brian and Heidi Mecham
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Mari Pahl

My father made me one of these for my 16th birthday from a quarter frim the year I was born. Yes, it was before 1958 so it is all silver.

Fun. Fit. Chic.

Sounds like it will take forever! I am so not crafty. Perhaps I can give it to my bf to do in his mechanic shop. Im sure they can find the right tools to do it there.


omg.. sweetest thing ever!!


My Dad used this technique to make my Mother's wedding band. The were both born in 1940 so he found a quarter from that year and on the inside of her ring you can still read the date and the words, "In God we trust".

Many years later he had the ring grooved and a solitaire set (he said he had trouble finding a jeweler who would set the diamond on a quarter).

A couple of years ago my Mom had an accident and the tips of her fingers were cut off - in the emergency room she was very forceful that they were NOT going to cut her ring off and they did find another way :)

I can not even tell you how many times my sister and I started to make one, always using a silver serving spoon to tap the edge. I think this summer when we get together, we will use your hammer method and see if we can not have a bit more success.


If you find a quarter old enough, look it up before bashing it! Washington Silver Quarters from 1932 – 1964 range in value from $2 - $160. These values are approximate, based on the average price with which US dealers sell these coins, and depend very strongly on the grade of the coins. If the grade is better than xf (extremely fine) the coin could be worth much more. The US Washington silver quarter coin was issued with Washington on the front and an eagle on the reverse from 1932 until 1964. After 1964 copper nickel composition was issued. The copper nickel version has, only in an excellent condition, a higher value. A listing of specific quarters and their worth can be found at:


I used to make these too, but I used an old large Army spoon, it works a lot better than the hammer and makes a lot let dents. Also, when you get through use some emery cloth to on the inside to soften the edges.


you're bad lol. you just dismantled government property


No worries anyone! You are free and it's legal to do this to a US coin. Here's why:

According to U.S.code Title 18, Chapter 17, Section 331:


Whoever fraudulently alters, defaces, mutilates, impairs, diminishes, falsifies, scales, or lightens any of the coins coined
at the mints of the United States, or any foreign coins which are by law made current or are in actual use or circulation
as money within the United States; or

Whoever fraudulently possesses, passes, utters, publishes, or sells, or attempts to pass, utter, publish, or sell, or brings
into the United States, any such coin, knowing the same to be altered, defaced, mutilated, impaired, diminished, falsified,
scaled, or lightened—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

The answer to the defacement question is: it depends.

Essentially, the key word here is 'fraudulently'. You can legally drive a nail through a coin, paint it ultramarine, melt it, or bend it into a pretzel - but the moment you try and use that coin as currency, you're breaking the law. You can sell that altered coin as a collectable, but you can't use it to buy a Snickers. You can gold-plate your cent-less V-nickel, but you can't pass it with the intention of making the clerk think it's a gold piece. You can mash your pennies in the cent squisher at the zoo, but don't even think about buying penny candy with them ever again. Get the idea?

Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer and you should only accept legal advice from a licensed attorney.


My dad's wedding band is one of this... his buddy made it for him since he didn't have much money and him and mom were eloping.. shortly after his friend who made it died.. he never would replace that ring and they will be married 52 years in April.. :)


My parents also made their wedding bands like this because they couldn't afford to buy them. They used the spoon method. They have the date of the year they were married and in God we trust on the inside, they are beautiful. My dad has passed but my mom still wears hers every day.

Kristi Hawkins

Can this technique be used to make a size 12 ring? I have huge hands, my husband on the other hand (no pun intended) wears a 7. Please advise. Even if I can't make one for myself would love to make one for my husband :)


My dad made one when he was in 8th grade- he used a half dollar, though. I wear it everyday now. My coin is from 1964 and you can read the year,"Half Dollar" and "Liberty." I love it! He's made more since for others. He's even used an AA coin and made one for a friend.

Memoirs of Me & Mine

I love this and can't wait to make one!

Shelley Chandler

My dad made one and wore it as his wedding band. :)

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