I am making a setting to hold a coin. Or I am trying to. I set a coin in Richard Salley’s metalsmithing class at Hacienda Mosaico a couple of years ago. I didn’t like the results and vowed to try again. I had my class notes but wanted to find something a little more tailored to my capabilities. And so I looked for a tutorial in every dog house, out house and waffle house and didn’t find anything I like. So then I decided to improvise. Uh oh.
This is the coin. A lovely specimen (from before the time the Republic of Ireland went on the Euro) that a friend gave me so I could make the pendant for his wife. I would love to show you the other side, but I have lost it. My husband says it will turn up somewhere. Brilliant. Maybe on one of the moons of Jupiter or the other side of the state, but not with me.
I start off with 18 gauge silver
And measure very carefully.
My trusty scribe and metal cutting scissors. By the way, these scissors are fantastic! I forget where I read about them. (Maybe Helen Driggs’ column in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist?) I have a few pair of metal cutting scissors, but these are the best by far. You can buy them from Amazon.
I cut my bezel.
I straighten my bezel
I wrap the metal around the coin, cut to fit
I planned to cut tabs on both sides of the bezel for fold over tabs
Soldering on the jump ring
And phooey phooey phooey! But his story has a happy ending! I managed to design a coin bezel based on a basket setting. This took
several hundred many attempts.
In the coming weeks, I will post a tutorial on how I made it. In the meantime, here are two new ideas for making your own jewelry tools!
This one is great! Who uses phonebooks anymore? You can also use a thick catalog or maybe stacks of magazines. Just secure them with masking tape or duct tape. They make a great hammering surface or a cushion for a bench block.
An old hammer head secured in a vise makes a great metal forming tool.
Ok, the hammer head in the vise is genius! Soldering is one on those things I do rarely, so it is always a struggle. Thanks!
Thanks! There are a lot of thing you can clamp in the vise to shape metal with: mandrels, knobs, dapping sticks and railroad spikes.