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:
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!