I was surfing the net when I came upon a really cool creation - wearable rings made from ordinary coins. I had to find out what was going on here. I read all of his instructions, and after a "no way!" or two, I decided to try it out. I started with the spoon, as suggested, and after the fact that I'm hitting a hard coin with a soft, thin spoon dawned on me, I switched to a small hammer. Right away, I could see little flat spots forming along the edge, so after hammering forever and a day, it finally had a wide enough edge. Then, I drilled out the center and shined 'er up until it looked like a genuine ring. The hardest part of the whole thing was probably finding the exact center of the coin before I drilled a hole there.
This is the first ring I made, because the site I got it from uses a half dollar also. However, I used a copper core half dollar (I'll say it was on purpose), so it has a copper color with a thin silver band around either edge. What I think is really cool about this ring is the fact that "Half Dollar United States of America" is still visible on the inner edge. This one isn't the best, because it was my first and I made a few mistakes. Either way, it's still pretty dang cool.
The reason I used a Canadian quarter was purely for the fact that Canadian coins are usually one metal all the way through, and in this case, nickel. Therefore, when the ring is done, it doesn't have the band of a second metal along the face. Also, I used a quarter because of their size. Before I did anything to it, it was about the same size as the ring above. In order to keep it ring size, I had to hammer it down much less. The end result is a thinner, more feminine ring, rather than my earlier manly one. Like the above, this one has an existing design on the inner edge. It is a series of very small dots all the way around. They are just visible in the bottom left picture.
New Zealand 20 Centpiece
I used a coin from New Zealand for the same reason that I used the Canadian coin above. This coin was bigger though, so the thickness of the band is larger. This ring has some dents in it from the pliers I used to hold it with while I was drilling out the center. In the upper right picture, the word "Zealand" is visible on the inner portion of the ring.