Anyone who reaches into his pocket is more likely to find a piece a change such as a quarter rather than a ten or twenty dollar bill. But don’t discount how a simple quarter can be transformed into a valuable piece of jewelry that will be cherished by the recipient for a long time to come.
All you need is a little time, a few tools, and the quarter of your choice. It’s good to choose a quarter that features a year that is significant to the recipient or features artwork on its reverse from a state that has some meaning.
Have a punch and die set, a sand block, a hammer and a thick piece of 3/4-inch PVC pipe handy, along with your quarter. Also obtain a jeweler’s mandrel used for sizing rings. Using a 1/2-inch die or punch, trace an outline on the face of the coin.
Everything appearing outside that circle will be what will appear on the final ring. Punch the hole through using your hammer, place your PVC pipe over the mandrel and slide the coin with the hole in the center on top of that. By using the PVC pipe, you can begin to mold the coin into the shape of a ring. As the final step, polish the ring you just created using a quarter so there are no sharp edges. You now have a unique piece of jewelry that cost just 25 cents!