NEW “Swedish Wrap Method” SET of Extrusion Dies for Getting the Smallest Sizes from the Large Coins!

Up until recently, it was nearly impossible to get very small sized coin rings fro the larger coins, while being able to preserve 100% of the coins’ detail…. until now!

There is a new technique called the “Swedish Wrap Method”, and it has truly revolutionized the way that larger coins are made into the smallest-sized coin rings.

The general idea is that AFTER you’ve folded over your larger coin, (such as the American Silver Eagle, Morgan Dollar, Challenge Coin, etc), you would then anneal the coin, wrap it in teflon tape, and then using different size-diameter brass push rods, begin to compress the coin FROM THE REEDED EDGE down into a series of shallow reduction dies until you achieve the shape and size that you’re looking for.

After having prototyped several combinations of die heights and inner wall pitches, (tapers); I went with this particular Swedish Wrap combination because this really achieves the “sweet spot” between both die height and inner wall pitch: not too short, not too tall… not too steep; and not too shallow. This particular combination produces some of the best and most consistent results, while allowing you to be in better control of your work.

 

COMPLETE Swedish Wrap Die SET

COMPLETE Swedish Wrap Die SET

My complete Set that I’m offering folks at my Shop Page comes with THREE 1.5” tall ”Swedish Wrap” Dies made of hardened stainless steel, 4 Brass Push Rods that are all double-sided (for a total of EIGHT different outer diameter-sized options when extruding), 2 rolls of Teflon thread tape, and a *BONUS* piece of tough impact-resistant urethane pad that you can use on the ends of the push rods to both protect the reeded-end of the coin, and the brass push rod end. (You simply take a pen and trace each of the 8 outer diameter push rod ends onto the urethane pad and then cut them out to end up with 8 different-sized urethane “discs”).

* A major benefit that this combination of die height and inner wall pitch offers is the option of bottoming out the coin ring in the first die, and then switching to the next smaller-sized Swedish Wrap die without having to push the coin ring all the way out the bottom of the initial die. You can, however, extrude the coin ring through the bottom of any of the three dies if you choose to without damaging the coin ring’s detail; as each die has been machined with a unique beveled relief at the bottom that allows for this process.
* Another major benefit to this Swedish Wrap Set is that you only have to use ONE brass push rod working through the die to bottom out your coin ring in any of the 3 dies in the set. This eliminates the extra step as well as the potential for slipping when stacking multiple pushers on top of each other.

Brass push rod and Swedish Wrap Die in my arbor press

Brass push rod and Swedish Wrap Die in my arbor press

This complete 3-die Set offers a total of 4.5″ inches of workable inner die wall to compress coin rings; and it gives you the full range for extruding coin rings all the way from nearly 1.450″ in outer diameter, down to just .765″ in outer diameter!

*** SWEDISH WRAP METHOD STEPS: ***

After folding your coin ring (using the regular Universal Reduction dies), find the correct diameter brass push rod that covers the majority of the reeded-end of your coin. After annealing and wrapping the coin in Teflon thread tape, you place it into the appropriate sized die, with the reeded edge facing UP. Next you place the appropriate-sized urethane disc onto the top of the reed side of the coin, and place your push rod on top of that. The urethane creates a protective barrier between the two metal surfaces and helps to preserve the detail of the reeds as well as the brass push rod end.

Begin to compress (extrude) the coin down the die, pulling the coin out after every press to re-anneal and re-wrap the coin, and when necessary; flipping the brass push rod over to the next smaller diameter size to continue compressing the coin down the die.
Starting with the LARGE (marked 1.4”) and followed by the MEDIUM (marked 1.2”) Swedish Wrap dies, I have been able to reduce American Silver Eagles, Morgan Dollars, and even Challenge Coins down to a size 9 while only BOTTOMING the coins out in the Medium (1.2”) die.

The “SMALL” Swedish Wrap die in the set (marked 1.1”) can be used to compress the Half Dollar-sized coins down to roughly a size 3.5 with full extrusion, and can also be used to further compress the larger-sized coins such as the American Silver Eagle, Morgan/Peace Dollars, Challenge Coins, etc., down to a tiny size 1! As with the larger Swedish Wrap dies, you can then “tuck in” the edges of the coin using either the Universal 17°, 20°, or the 25° “Fat Tire” Folding and Reduction Dies also found at my Shop Page for a rounded-look while bringing those larger coin rings down to a size 00 – 000.

The SMALL Swedish Wrap die (marked 1.1″), can even be used to compress US Quarter-sized coins down to a size 4 when fully extruded out the bottom of the die. Then using the smaller reduction die of 0.7″ x 0.8″ (that I also offer at my Shop Page), you can further reduce US Quarter-sized coins to your final desired size!

 

Depending on the size and look that you’re going for, you can now either:

1.) Expand the thinner cut-side of your coin ring to match the outer diameter of your coin ring on your ring sizer machine for a “straight-walled” look;

2.) After Step 1, you can then further reduce the ring size by “tucking in” the edges of the coin using either the Universal 17°, 20°, or the 25° “Fat Tire” Folding and Reduction Dies (also found at my Shop Page) for a rounded “Fat Tire” look; or,

3.) You can continue to compress the coin ring further down the Swedish Wrap dies to achieve an overall smaller size.

Examples of small coin rings made from larger coins

Examples of small coin rings made from larger coins

 

FOR THE “STRAIGHT-WALLED” COIN RING LOOK:
For those wanting the “straight-walled” look, I like to compress the coin ring using my Swedish Wrap dies until I get to anywhere between ¼ size to a ½ size BELOW my target ring size. Then using my deburring tool, I will remove the appropriate amount of material from the INSIDE of the thicker reeded part of the coin until I achieve my proper target size. Next, I expand out the thinner cut-side of the coin ring on my ring sizer machine until the sides of the coin ring are straight.

 

FOR THE ROUNDED “FAT-TIRE” COIN RING LOOK:
For those wanting a rounded-look to their coin rings, I will compress (“Swedish Wrap”) the coin to anywhere from 1 to 3 sizes OVER my target size. You can then use your appropriate-sized Universal 17° or 20° die to “tuck in” the sides until you achieve your final ring size, or you can use your 25° Fat Tire die to achieve an even more rounded “Fat Tire” look.

 

PLEASE KEEP THE FOLLOWING IN MIND WHEN USING THIS TECHNIQUE:

1.) TAKE YOUR TIME, especially when first starting out. I recommend Swedish Wrapping’ a few rings out of clad coins to get familiar with the process.

2.) Make sure that you anneal your coin OFTEN, ideally after every press or two. Doing so will make the process easier.

3.) Use a TON of Teflon pipe thread tape, and make sure to re-wrap your coin ring after each press and anneal. A 10-pack of the Teflon Tape can be purchased at HarborFreight.com for 2 dollars.

4.) Make sure that you firmly press the freshly re-wrapped coin ring and make sure that it is seated evenly in the die before pressing.

5.) Press SLOW and make sure that the brass push rod covers the majority of the reeded portion of the coin. If it doesn’t cover enough of the reeds, the push rod could slip as you’re compressing it, possibly ruining the coin ring. You can fix this issue by placing the coin ring, (reeded side DOWN) into either your Universal 17°, 20°, or 25° reduction die to slightly shrink the outer diameter of the reeded side until the brass push rod better covers the reeds.

6.) Make sure that you don’t over press the brass push rods down the Swedish Wrap dies, especially when using a hydraulic press. After some practice, you’ll feel the resistance of when each push rod bottoms out in the dies.

The tiny-sized coin rings can be incorporated into charms on necklaces, (see the 3rd listing photo for reference), bracelet charms, or even earrings. The possibilities are nearly endless!

You can find the Swedish Wrap Die Set at my Shop Page here

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IMPROVED Universal Stainless Steel Starter Cone for Folding all Coin Rings!

Here’s the IMPROVED Universal Stainless Steel Starter Cone for Folding all Coin Rings!

Having the right tools and being able to prolong their work life is key, and this new stainless steel starter cone is designed to do just that!

Stainless Steel Starter Cone to begin the coin ring-folding process.

Stainless Steel Starter Cone to begin the coin ring-folding process.

This universal stainless steel starter cone has a revised lower profile, allowing for the clearance necessary to use on all ring sizing machines with low ram head clearances, especially when the “Stabilizing”/Reduction Dies are used to punch a center hole into a US Quarter, US Half Dollar, Morgan/Peace Dollar, or the American Silver Eagle coins, (see the photo below for reference.)

Getting ready to fold a silver US Quarter with the stainless steel starter cone.

Getting ready to fold a silver US Quarter with the stainless steel starter cone.

It’s designed to begin folding coins with 1/4” center-punched holes, all the way up to 5/8”+ center-punched holes.

The first initial fold produces the most wear and tear on your folding tools. By starting the fold with this tool, the folding cones and Delrin balls are not subjected to the sharp edge of the center-punched hole in the coin, therefore greatly reducing wear on your folding tools.

*USE THIS TOOL IF YOU’RE USING THE PLASTIC FOLDING CONES TO PROTECT THE SIDES FROM EVENTUAL WEAR-AND-TEAR*

* MY NEW FOLDING CONES ARE NOW MADE OUT OF WEAR-RESISTANT HARDENED STAINLESS STEEL… NO MORE GROOVED AND WORN-OUT CONES!

SEE THE NEW LISTING DESCRIPTION FOR THEM BELOW:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/475323877/new-universal-stainless-steel-stabilizer?ref=shop_home_active_2

This starter cone also works great in conjunction with my 2 “Stabilizing”/Reduction Dies, as you have more stability during the first crucial press due to the coin being completely level and stabilized when folding over any US Quarter, US Half Dollar, Morgan/Peace Dollar, or the American Silver Eagle!

Begin with the starter cone and press it nearly all the way down, until the inner detail of the coin is ALMOST making contact with the sides of the starter cone. Just be sure not to press too far, as you could end up damaging the inner detail of the coin that you are working on. (The stabilizer folding cones are highly recommended for the folding process, due to their shape and improved strength over the Delrin bearing balls.)

 

A 90% silver Iowa state Quarter after initially being folded-over using the stainless steel starter cone.

A 90% silver Iowa state Quarter after initially being folded-over using the stainless steel starter cone.

 

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*** NOTE ***
Make sure that you bevel (ROUND OUT) the sharp 90° edges of the inside of the center-punched hole in your coin BEFORE using this tool, as doing so will also prolong the life of your folding tools. This is best accomplished with a deburring tool that can be purchased online.

Anneal (heat & then quench) the coin often to keep the metal in a softer state to prolong the wear life of your folding tools.

* It’s highly recommended when folding over coins made of Nickel and other tough alloyed coins that they be initially folded over with this starter cone and then completed with the folding cones.

(Coins, ring sizer machine, and reduction die pictured are not included and are used for reference only).

*** SAFETY FIRST ***

— CAUTION! This is a small part and can be considered a choking hazard. Please keep away from children and pets!
— Always wear safety glasses.
— Keep fingers, long hair, and loose clothing away from any pinch points or open flame.

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The ULTIMATE Way to Get Smooth and Rounded Edges to the Rough Cut Side of Coin Rings!

Clean up and smooth-out your coin rings’ rough cut edges!

There’s a lot of information available today on how to fold and reduce coins to make coin rings, but there’s almost no information on HOW to actually go about and professionally finish and polish the thinner, non-reeded cut edge of your coin rings.

This side of the coin ring was once the inner portion of the coin prior to the forging process, and it can be very difficult to get a smooth-looking finish due to the sharp and uneven edges that are present.

Polishing Mandrel Set pic ROUGH COPY

Rough and uneven coin ring edge BEFORE using the Finishing & Polishing Mandrel Set

An easy solution to this problem is to utilize a Set of what are called “Finishing and Polishing Mandrels”; which will give you that high-quality smooth finish and shine to the NON-REEDED edges of your coin rings by getting rid of those unsightly, uneven, sharp edges WITHOUT using nail buffing files, having to sand by hand, using steel round files, or even deburring tools.

This Polishing Mandrel Set will finish and polish any coin ring from an approximate US size of 5, up to a US size of 14.

The Kit comes with a German-made nickel plated steel shank complete with 3 interchangeable Tapered Mandrel Cones in varying sizes:

Small — (fits ring sizes of approx. 5-8),
Medium — (fits ring sizes of approx. 8.5-11), and
Large — (fits ring sizes of approx. 11-14).

Polishing Mandrel pic2COPY
The advantage to using the finishing and polishing mandrels is that as the ring is spinning, the power drill acts like a small lathe, providing a much more uniform finish to the ring than can be achieved with either hand-sanding, using a nail buffing file, a steel round-file, or even a small rotary tool such as a Dremel.

 

*** TO WATCH A VIDEO TUTORIAL ON THIS PROCESS, WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW ***

 

PROCESS:

1.) Determine which size Polishing Tapered Mandrel fits your completed coin ring, and slide the coin ring on to it.

2.) Place the Mandrel bit into your power drill and tighten.

3.) Adjust the coin ring until it’s well-balanced with no “wobbling” on the Mandrel with your power drill on, and then expand the Mandrel by tightening the Stainless Steel Phillips head set screw at the top which holds the coin ring securely in place.

4.) Begin on the outer edge of the coin ring with the coarser 100 Grit sandpaper and work your way around to the inner edge of the coin ring; making sure that ONLY the corner tip of the sandpaper is making contact with the unfinished inner, top, and outer edges of your coin ring to prevent damage to the rings’ detail.

5.) Continue to work the inner, top, and outer edges of the NON-REEDED side using the finer Grits of sandpaper as you go; finishing with “0000” Steel Wool. You can also use the steel wool and LIGHTLY go over the inner and the outer detail of the coin ring before you either polish it with a jeweler’s cloth or after you’ve put a patina (antique-looking) finish on the ring.

6.) The final step is to use a jeweler’s cloth to both buff and finish-polish your coin ring.

Your ring will now have a highly-smoothed, rounded, and polished edge on the NON-REEDED side that is not often seen on coin rings!

Smooth and even coin edge AFTER using the Finishing & Polishing Mandrel Set

Smooth and even coin ring edge AFTER using the Finishing & Polishing Mandrel Set

 

Another example below:

Before AND After COPY of finished coin rings

* Click on the photo to enlarge to see the differences in the edges of this Walking Liberty Half Dollar *

Other materials needed: a power drill, 3 different grits of sandpaper (150 Grit, 400 Grit, and 600 Grit ideally), some “0000” Steel Wool, and a jeweler’s polishing cloth to complete this process. Those items can be purchased from Amazon.com; at a big box store like Home Depot, or any local hardware store inexpensively.

 

*** SAFETY FIRST ***
– Always wear safety glasses and work gloves.
– Always use caution when working with any power tools and electricity.
– Keep fingers, long hair, and loose clothing away from any fast moving parts.

What’s the Best Way to Sell Your Coin Rings?

This is a question that I get asked a lot: where do I go to sell / how do I go about getting others interested in buying my coin rings that I make?

There are many creative ways to get started selling coin rings, and all of the ways that I’m going to list below have either very little or in most cases NO out-of-pocket expense involved to implement them.

friends and family

1.) Friends and Family. No, this is not a commercial for a cell phone plan, but you should be going to your friends, family, co-workers, and just about anyone else that you know when you’re first starting out making coin rings. It’s much easier to introduce this to people that know you and that you have some type of connection with. They can give you the confidence necessary when you’re just beginning.

 

Where-To-Sell-Your-Craft-Products pic

2.) Flea Markets / Arts and Craft Fairs. This can be a great way to meet people and where you can show people what you make. I would not recommend actually spending money in the beginning to rent booth space, rather; I would walk around to the OTHER vendors that are already there and I would strike up a conversation that way. I actually did this when I attended my first local Farmers Market/Craft Fair when I was starting out and I ended up selling the Walking Liberty Half Dollar that I was wearing on my finger to a vendor that same day!

 

community board

3. Community Boards. These boards can be found virtually everywhere: in coffee shops, supermarkets, and other places where people gather. You can tack up a business card if you have one made up for coin rings, or you can print off your name and # along with a picture of one of your coin rings and generate some interest that way from folks who look at those boards.

 

Facebook Groups image

4.) Joining FaceBook Groups. This method is probably the easiest and most effective way to generate interest in your coin rings. There are many different groups to join, such as Arts & Crafts Groups, How-To / DIY, (or “Do-It-Yourself”) Groups, and even Misc. Groups. The best part is: you can create your own group or ask to join Groups from all over the country if you don’t mind shipping your coin rings.

 

Coin Ring Making is becoming more and more popular, and using one or more of the methods described above can help you to create awareness around your new hobby and even get you some coin ring sales!

 

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How to Fix a Wobbly or Uneven Coin Ring with a Repair Die

If you’ve made any of a number of coin rings, you know that at times, your coin can become uneven, or “wobbly” looking; (commonly found on thinner, smaller coins that have high reliefs, such as the Washington Quarter or the Benjamin Franklin Half Dollar). This can also happen if you fold your coin too quickly into your reduction die if it’s not level to begin with while you’re folding it down.

If that happens, you can use a new tool called a “Coin Ring Repair Die” along with a piece of high-impact and cut-resistant Urethane Pad on any ring sizing machine, arbor press, or hydraulic press to help straighten the wobbly coin ring out.

Coin Ring Repair Die KIT… notice the slight “wobble” at the top before the “L” of the word LIBERTY on this Walking Liberty Half Dollar

The Coin Ring Repair Die (pictured above) is made out of a solid piece of Hardened Steel and can also be used as a sizing “Press Plate” when you’re using an arbor press or a hydraulic press to reduce your coin down to its’ final shape and size.

The piece of red impact-resistant urethane pad (which is formulated for cut-resistance and memory retention) acts as a “buffer” between the ram head of either your ring sizing machine, arbor press or hydraulic press and the coin to help protect the delicate reeded edge detail of the coin from damage, as seen in the image below:

Coin Ring Repair Kit Listing Pics

 

This Coin Ring Repair Die and red Urethane Pad Kit makes a great addition to any Coin Ring makers’ toolbox.

UrethanePad

Red Urethane Pad, (Morgan Silver Dollar used for sizing reference.)

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How to STOP the “Slop” in a well-worn Coin BEFORE Making it into a Coin Ring

Oftentimes people make a coin ring out of a circulated coin. This is fine, except that there can be some “slop”, or play, from the distance of the edge of the reeded part of the coin and the retaining washer of your center punch kit, causing it to not fit snugly into the washer. The end result of this can be a slightly off-centered hole punched into the coin.

Notice the well-worn reeded edge of the coin.

Notice the well-worn reeded edge of the coin.

 

Typical retaining washer and a Walking Liberty Half Dollar coin:

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Notice the “gap” between the reeded-edge of the coin and the retaining washer, (by the red arrow).

 

Another area where this coin “slop” can show up is when using my Stabilizer Reduction Dies; where the coin will seem to wiggle inside the top face of the die before you begin to fold it down, (again due to the gap caused by a well-worn or circulated coin).

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Notice the slight gap between the reeded-edge of the coin and the outer edge of this Stabilizer Reduction Die due to wear, (by the red arrows).

 

A quick and easy fix to this problem is to use a piece of paper towel both BEFORE you punch a center hole into your coin, and before you begin the process of folding it down into a Stabilizer Reduction Die.

No more gap and a snug fit, ready for center-hole punching!

No more gap and a snug fit, ready for center-hole punching!

The paper towel will take up the slack that comes from using a circulated or well-worn coin and will give you a tight, snug fit; ensuring that your coin will not move either inside the washer (above), or inside the reduction die, (below).

A snug fit with no gaps!

A snug fit with no gaps!

 

Using this easy tip will give you a perfectly-centered hole punched and folded-over coin; resulting in a better-looking coin ring!

 

 

 

Tips for protecting your coin ring’s detail while forging it

What’s the best way to protect the inner and outer detail of my coin while I’m making it into a coin ring?

This is a question that I recently received from a customer of mine. There are some simple ways to protect your coin ring’s inner and outer detail while you’re forging it. In my own practice, I have 3 different tools that I can use when initially folding over, expanding, and then reducing the coin into a reduction die for final shaping:

1. A Ring Sizing Machine
This is my personal favorite.
A Durston ring sizing machine

A Durston ring sizing machine

2. A 1-ton Arbor Press
A Harbor Freight 1-ton arbor press

A Harbor Freight 1-ton arbor press

3. A 12-ton Shop Press (this is definitely way more press than you will ever need to use to make a coin ring; as you can easily use the 6-ton “A-frame” tabletop shop press from Harbor Freight if you want to).
12-ton Harbor Freight shop press

12-ton Harbor Freight shop press

Goal: to keep the reeded edge intact!
The outer reeded edge of Morgan Silver Dollars

The outer reeded edge of Morgan Silver Dollars

The best way to protect the inner detail of the coin as you begin to fold it down into your reduction die is to use the New and Improved Folding Cones. This method of folding leaves no marks, scratches, or marring, thus preserving 100% of the detail on the inside of the coin. (See photos below for reference):
Folding Cone pic COPY

Using a New Folding Cone to fold an American Silver Eagle with a Ring Sizer Machine

Improved Universal Folding Cones and Spacer Set, available for purchase at: www.FoldingCones.com

Improved Universal Folding Cones and Spacer Set, available for purchase at: http://www.FoldingCones.com

To purchase a Set of the 4 Universal Folding Cones and Spacer Kit, go to: www.FoldingCones.com

The key to protecting the outer edges of the coin ring as you’re reducing it is to use some impact-resistant plastic tape, which works very well in that it provides a buffer between the edge of the coin and either the ram head on your ring sizing machine, the press arm on a shop press, or the square ram on a 1-ton arbor press.

Below is a picture of my “Durston” Ring Sizing machine. Notice the thin grey layer of impact-resistant protective tape covering the ram head, (directly on top of the plastic bearing ball). This is what acts as a “buffer” and protects the outer edge of the coin that is facing UP from the reduction die as you are reducing it for shaping or final sizing of the coin ring.

Stabilizing Reduction Die pic

The impact-resistant tape (shown by the red arrows below), is also great for covering the bare metal on the expanding splines of the ring-sizing machine. This acts as a barrier between the inner side of the coin that is making contact as you are expanding it down the splines; also leaving no marks, scratches, or marring; thus protecting the inner detail of the coin ring as a result. (See photo below:)

Impact-resistant tape on the splines of my ring sizing machine.

Impact-resistant tape on the splines of my ring sizing machine.

Below is an example of the crisp inner detail of a finished proof 1975 Half Dollar from the country of Belize that I recently made for a customer, using the impact-resistant tape and the plastic bearing balls.

If you use these simple tools, your coin rings will turn out with striking detail!


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Belize Coin inner detail

Belize Coin inner detail