Lots of Coin Jewelry Questions

by Lynn.
(New Mexico & British Columbia)

First of all great site and a great resource.

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I was reading with interest your info on mercury dime jewelry. A friend of mine recently started making cuff bracelets. I want to buy more coins for her (as we only bought a few) and soder, but need to know a few things to get started, if you can help.

First of all, is there a good reputable supplier you know that already has ‘domed coins that with the jump ring on back?

If not, how can I make them ‘dome’ shape and what best tool to soder the jump ring?

Yes, one last question: do you buy jump rings or just make one on back?

Hope this makes sense! Thanks

Lynn
Bazooka-Gifts of New Mexico

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  • Danielle says:

    It sounds like what you are really looking for is coin buttons. They are not difficult to make if you have a dapping block, and a basic torch solder set up. First dap the coin, then solder a jumpring to the back. I use hard solder, and use a third hand to hold the jumpring while I am soldering. Hope this helps.

  • Becky Haworth says:

    I use to make beads out of old coins. I used a dapping block for the dome, filed down the edges to fit. I would put a little noch in both halves where my jumpring went, dowrap with a piece of wire, solder, light polish.

    When using your dapping block, start with the widest dome and slowly work down to the shape you want. This will make for a cleaner shape and preserve the detail of the coin.

    Hope this helps!

  • Lisa W. says:

    Try an inexpensive wooden dapping block and punch. They are available from just about any jewelry supplier for under $10. They have depressions that you place the coin in, and hammer the punch onto the coin to create the domed shape. A wooden block is inexpensive and preserves the detail of the coins.

    For adding a jump ring, you may need to learn to solder with a torch, as mentioned. But you might be able to use a low-temperature silver solder like Tix with either a very small torch flame or soldering iron. I’m not sure a soldering iron will do the job here, but it’s worth a try, and not expensive at all to experiment. if you try to use a torch with coins, keep the flame low and don’t overheat. A lot of coins are made with zinc, which melts at a low temp with billowing black smoke, and is very toxic. Buy some jump rings and experiment!

  • My advice is to practice with lots of pennies. Dome with a dapping block and then solder the jump ring on the back. Several of the prior comments have given good soldering advice. I use pennies when teaching because it’s very cheap to screw up. LOL

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