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

All of my coin ring-making  tools can be found at: http://www.CoinRingUSA.com

Where is the best place to buy coins to make coin rings?

This is a question that comes up a lot. I always tell people who are first starting out making coin rings to do so with the “change in your pocket”….. literally.

Start with coins like clad (non-silver) quarters and half dollars, (your local bank will often have the JFK half dollars if you don’t have any). This gives you invaluable experience gained only through practice on the various techniques of coin-ring making and gets you familiar with the process, without worrying about making a mistake on a more expensive silver coin, for example.

As far as using 90% silver coins to make rings, a great place to start is to look up a local coin shop/dealer in your area to get some 90% silver coins. Talk to the owner of the shop; let them know what you’re looking for and why. It’s always good to have some type of report/connection with them, as they could help to answer questions you may have.

Tell them that you want “junk” silver quarters, half dollars, etc. Many shop owners will let you pick through what they have, and you’ll mostly only be paying what the metal content, or “melt value” of the silver coins are; as junk silver coins will not contain any numismatic value.

It’s best to stay away from coins that have “numismatic” value; (or value based on factors such as condition and amount minted) at least when first starting out.

You can also look on eBay for coins, but I recommend going to any of a number of online sites to first determine what the general values of the coins are before buying them.

 

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You can pick up a yearly copy of The “Official Red Book” of Coin Values, as it’s a great resource for knowing what the numismatic value of specific coins are. Go to: https://www.whitman.com/redbook

You can also go to: http://www.CoinFlation.com …. this website will give you an up-to-date pricing on the “melt values” of various coins based on their weight and metal content.

Knowing the basics about coin values and specific metal content will help you tremendously as you begin and continue to make coin rings!

 

  • Martin

http://www.CoinRingUSA.com

 

The TOTAL Coin Ring Start-to-Finish FOLDING Bundle!

With this bundle, you can now begin and finish folding over all of your coin rings!

This New and Improved Coin Ring Folding Bundle includes the improved Stainless Steel Starter Cone, and the improved Set of Universal Stabilizing Folding Cones!

Stainless Steel Starter Cone AND improved Folding Cone Set in 1 Kit

Stainless Steel Starter Cone AND improved Folding Cone Set in 1 Kit

The stainless steel starter cone has an updated lower profile, for the necessary clearance for use on 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.

This tool is 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. For a complete detailed description of the improved starter cone, click on the link below:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/290724583/improved-universal-stainless-steel?ref=shop_home_active_2

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An improvement over the Folding Cones made out of phenolic, these new folding cones are slightly tougher, but are still softer than most metals, so they won’t damage your coins’ detail, and the new material allows the coin to glide against the folding cone easier without getting “stuck” and eating into the cone as was often the case with the phenolic folding cones. For a complete detailed description of the improved universal Stabilizer folding cones, click on the link below:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/265316904/improved-universal-stabilizing-folding?ref=shop_home_active_10

This combined Set makes a great addition to any coin ring makers’ toolbox.

Visit my online store to learn more about and purchase the complete coin ring Folding Set

NEW Folding Cones and Spacer Set for Folding all of Your Coin Rings!

IMPROVED FOLDING TOOLS!

With innovation comes constant change and tweaking, so an improvement over the current Folding Cones made out of phenolic is now available to all coin ring makers!

These new folding cones are slightly tougher, but are still softer than most metals in coins, so the folding cones won’t damage your coins’ detail at all.

Another major benefit to this improved material is that it allows the coin to glide against the folding cone easier without getting “stuck” and eating into the cone as was often the case with the phenolic folding cones.

Improved Universal Stabilizer Folding Cones

Improved Universal Stabilizer Folding Cones made of tougher material than phenolic

 

These improved Stabilizer Folding Cones are more effective at folding coins than the plastic delrin bearing balls are, due to their unique design; which allows them to do a much better job of keeping the coin level as it’s being folded over into your reduction dies when using either a Ring Sizer Machine, an Arbor Press, or a Hydraulic Press.

 

Various folded-over US coins using the improved Folding Cones

Various folded-over US coins using the improved Folding Cones

 

To begin, you simply set the coin level into your reduction die, insert an appropriate size folding cone into the beveled center punched hole, and then begin to press the coin down into the die.

To see a short video on this technique, copy and paste the following URL into your internet browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MElt4h77KHE

 

Visit my online Shop page to read the full description and to purchase these improved Folding Cones

 

For a full list of all of the highest quality coin ring making tools, visit my > Shop Page <

 

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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

Visit my Shop Page to see the highest quality coin ring-making tools that I have to offer.

The BEST Way to Protect your Folding Tools BEFORE Folding to Make a Coin Ring

So you’ve selected the coin that you’d like to make into a coin ring, you’ve annealed and center-punched a hole into it, and you’re ready to begin folding it down into a reduction die.

BEFORE doing so, you want to make sure that you protect the surfaces of your folding cones from premature wear and tear; and one of the BEST ways to do so is by beveling, or ROUNDING OUT the 90° edges on the top and bottom of the center-punched hole in your coin.

Center hole in coin

Notice the 90° sharp edges on the inside of the hole in the coin just prior to deburring.

 

You can accomplish this process best by using a tool called a “deburring tool” that can be purchased online at Amazon.com for example for less than $10.00. One example of a deburring tool can be found below:

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Deburring Tool purchased from Amazon.com for less than $10.00

 

You grip the deburring tool in one hand and the coin in the other, and with nice and even strokes; begin to work your way around BOTH sides of the coin, keeping an even amount of pressure all the way around the hole.

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Close-up of the deburring blade

 

A beveled and softened hole in a Walking Liberty Half Dollar, ready for folding:

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No more sharp edges and ready for folding!

Even after you’ve softened the inside edges of the hole in your coin by beveling, another trick to further lengthen the work-life of your folding cones is to START your first fold with something called a Stainless Steel “Starter Cone”, which helps to eliminate the perpendicular edge to the coin where it meets the surface of the folding cone, (which is at that point where the most amount of wear will occur to the surface of your folding cone(s). Another added benefit to deburring the hole is that you eliminate any micro-tears that may have been created by punching a hole.

If you own a set of my “Stabilizing” Reduction Dies, you’ll need to start the folding process with a Stainless Steel Starting Cone. The reason being is that there is not enough initial clearance for the folding cone to fit under the ram head and your coin prior to the folding process.

You can visit my Shop Page here to pick up a Stainless Steel Starter Cone

You’re now ready to further fold your coin over!

To see a quick video tutorial on this topic, click here

Grab a set here of the New and Improved Universal Stabilizing Folding Cones

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!