How to make a coin ring for cheap with FORGED: Coin Ring Making for Beginners

hi Scylla here from the met change you

can wear thanks for picking up the book

Forge coin remaking for beginners this

is the first book of the forge series

this video is meant to be tutorial for

the book and what we're going to do in

this video is walk you through the basic

process of making a coin ring out of a

quarter we're starting with quarters

because of the most inexpensive coin the

easiest to produce so watch the video

all the way through once get your

workstation and your tools all gathered

and then sit down with a book and start

with the first step okay let's go ahead

and get started so the first thing when

you talk about is putting a hole in our

coin in this case I'm going to be using

a quarter you can go ahead and use a

half-dollar or any other coin basically

that you want to in order to put the

hole in this coin when you define Center


so all it takes is a coin a sharpie and

something to rest your sharpie on that's

about the right thickness so basically

we're going to go ahead and point

against here and then put our sharpie

rest it against there nice and steady

and then spin the coin around and that

will give us a perfectly centered mark

to start with so what we need is a punch

and then some sort of a hammer and once

we have it more or less than it would go

ahead and just give it a light smack

with the hammer

so all that does is produces a small

divot in the coin like that and that's

just going to give us something for our

drill bit to to stay centered on so it

doesn't wander as we start to drill so

in order to be able to drill this coin

out we're going to need to hold it nice

and steady and not allowing it to spin

so what I use for that is a regular old

vise and I put a couple blocks of wood

tape them into the the jaws so that way

you're not going to mark your coin as

you're holding it so basically to set up

your vise all you need to do is bolt it

to the table once you have a bolt into

the table get yourself a couple strips

of wood about like this hardwoods better

if you don't have hardwood this type of

softwood it'd be okay but we'll just put

it in the vise like that and we'll just

go ahead and tape it in place

then do that on all sides and you'll be

ready to go so basically this open up

device put your coin in there nice and

level and snug it up so I'm going to use

the drill the point out is a regular

drill a cordless drill a corded drill

whatever works and a drill bit in this

case I'm going to be using a tapered

step bit if you don't have one of these

use a small drill bit and gradually work

your way up to a fatter drill bit and

that's the way you're going to go ahead

and drill this out don't start off with

the biggest drill bit or you're going to

have a real mess on your hands this is

just a regular tool that most people

have in their homes if you don't have

one borrow one from a friend if you

don't have a friend that has one then

maybe you should read some of your

friend choices so now we're going to go

ahead and move on to drilling it

be very very careful it's super hot so

use some pliers or something and go

ahead and quench in some water just to

get the heat off of it so now we have a

half-inch hole in this thing and I want

to go ahead and turn it over and see

this rough edge here we want to get rid

of that and since I have a step bit up

it's going to run the step bit in it if

you didn't have a step bit you know

you're going to have to use a file or

some sandpaper or something to get rid

of that rough stuff on that edge and you

can see it's all cleaned up on both

sides and now what we need to really do

is go ahead and check to make sure this

thing is Center and we're just going to

go ahead and draw a line around the

outside to see how we did okay so you

can see it's pretty close we're looking

as we drew that circle around there

we're looking to see how how much gap is

there and we're pretty darn close this

is good enough for what we're doing here

and if the hole wasn't perfectly

centered you just go ahead and use a

round file to file around until it was

even on all sides you can also use

digital calipers to check the walls of

the coin all the way around to see if

you've got it even or not but the

interesting thing about digital calipers

is they cost money now we're going to go

ahead onto a kneeling and forging the

coin one other thing we need to do

before we start to anneal is to really

bevel these edges here front and back to

make sure that they're not going to

split on us as we start to Forge the

ring so we can use either a file or even

rub some sandpaper in there just to just

around those edges over and so we'll do

that real quick and then we'll go ahead

and forge next so now we're going to go

ahead and anneal this coin so basically

what annealing is is heating up a coin

until it gets to about a dull red and

then quenching it in water and then

that's going to make the coin soft and

malleable and more workable so that way

we don't split it or have a hard time

actually forging it and the way we do

that is to use a propane torch and heat

it up that way so now we're heating up

the coin so it's about this red color


and we're going to pick it with some

pliers and crunch it in this water right

here the quenching just basically

cooling it down really quickly and now

it's that's cool enough to handle

now our coin is all annealed and ready

to start the forging process that brings

us to the two specialty tools that we're

going to need to look at now so on the

left hand side we have a steel ring

mandrel and it has ring sizes all up and

down it this is the key element to any

coin ring is this ring is a steel

mandrel so I'm going to put a link in

the description box below where you can

get a ring mandrel like this one the

other thing is this nylon mallet I got

this at Harbor Freight it's about ten

bucks and I'll put a link for that also

in the description box so between the

two you have about twenty-five dollars

or less for the two specialty tools so

when we start forging this we need to

put this to where the outside is going

to face the right way and I want to be

on the outside of the Ring the state

name and the date and everything so I'm

going to go ahead and put that facing up

on my ring mandrel so when I start to

forge it it's going to bend down and

that's going to be on the outside so

just hold on to it with your fingers to

keep it from bouncing off and it will

slowly start tapping on this and we're

going to work it around and start

folding it over and bringing it down

this tapered mandrel so we have a hammer

down about this far on the tapered

mandrin on you can see the angle that

it's at this point we're going to want

to take it off flip it over this way and

finish that forging process but before

we do that we need to go ahead and renew

it again

so now that we're a kneeled and it's all

flipped around on our mandrel we're

ready to start finishing the forging

process here what we're looking to do is

just close this rim all the way against

that mandrel then we'll be finished so

now we've finished forging it as close

up on the steel mandrel as ended up

about a size 8 and a half or so so now

we're ready to take it off and finish

finish the ring up the easiest way to

take this off the mandrel now that we've

forged it on there and is stuck it just

hit it off with the pointy end of your

nylon mallet look I'm right off now that

we have this coin ring off the mandrel

we need to check these edges for any

splits and make sure they're beveled

with the sandpaper so that way is not

rough when you're wearing it so we'll

just put it on the inside sand it and

we'll go ahead do the same thing on the

outside and just make sure you get it to

where it's completely rounded off now

that it's comfortable to where we need

to start getting rid of this black

finish on the coin so it looks nice

so this 4-0 steel wool is ultra fine and

it's gonna we're going to rub it on the

inside of the coin to get rid of that

black rub it against this rim right here

to get it out of the reeded edge of the

coin edge

and then we're going to finally do the

outside and we won't leave some of that

black on there because it makes a nice

contrast so just take off enough to your

liking it's really a personal preference

here so this is what we end up with

there's the date

there's the state name and date that it

was incorporated and there's the data

was minted there and the only thing we

have to do left now we could leave it

like this if we wanted to but I like to

take a Jewelry rag and just polish it up

a little bit more and give it a little

bit of luster here's the jewelry wipes I

use I get these at Walmart so they're at

the jewelry counter and they look like

this after they use a little bit they're

really inexpensive and just a simple way

of finishing up a ring without having to

have a dremel or a lot of polishing

equipment but here it is after polishing

with a little rag and just a lot shinier

that is pretty much it

for the beginners version of a coin ring

since we're not using a ring size or

anything like that we're really reliant

on the hole size to depend what our ring

size is going to turn out to so we're

going to look only the quarter part of

the scale so a 3/8 inch hole punched in

a quarter and then hammered down this

mandrel that I was using here will

produce a six and a half sized ring then

to do a 7/16 will be a six and

three-quarter half-inch will make a

seven and a half I came up with eight

and a half on this one so it's not a

perfect scale so this scale was a

generalization of the mandrel I was

using at that time when they made this

scale and at that time my mandrel was

rougher because I constantly kept

roughing it up with sandpaper and that

was to prevent the coin from sliding

down the mandrel so quickly and then you

can see these measurements here where

when I got a smoother mandrel and then

it created a larger size because the

coin was sliding down the mandrel faster

so you're hammering style might change

the outcome the mandrel you're using

might change the outcome but you can see

just by adjusting this whole size

you can come out with larger or smaller

ring sizes alright so that was the

complete process of making a basic

quarter coin ring so now get your tools

and workspace prepared and get started

with the first step

marking your coin