Well, been wondering what I can add to the rings and the earrings and I believe this is it. Tried my hand at cutting some coins, which is way harder than you might think. This is my first attempt at a “puzzle” coin.
Took longer to put it back together than it did to cut it. Plan to set them into pocket watch cases. Also working on 3D coin art as well that will also be set in the cases as well as in other coins.
And last but not least, the new pendants. These have either Jefferson or Buffalo nickels as the front & back set inside a serenity prayer token ring.
I hope to have all this on the website by Thanksgiving
Earlier I was live on my personal facebook page showing how I make a small size Quarter Ring. The link is down below. The first attempt I admit the coin went sideways, the second one though came out looking good. So if your interested in how these rings are made, give it a look. And if you want to see more videos on how different coins are ringed, leave me a comment.
I belong to a guild of coin ring craftsmen and woman that take what we do very Seriously. We have or own facebook page, coin ring crafters, and held our first convention this summer. Well, we found out that someone had been stealing photos of some of our members and passing them off as their own. We finally found out that the one doing it is going but the name “Hand Crafted Crap Co.” on etsy. And is selling quarter rings for as low as $3.00 a piece. Now, other than the fact that any company that uses the word “crap” in it’s name should raise red flags, I can tell you right now that what his customers are paying for simple pocket change.
On the other hand, when myself or a member of the guild makes a quarter ring, or any other coin ring, we obtain it at our local coin shop, it is either a very fine clad, a proof or silver. And if we wouldn’t buy it ourselves, we wouldn’t put it up for sale on our sites. But, you get what you pay for.
If you want to buy cheap, you get shitty workmanship. I myself made rings for 2 1/2 years before I put my first one up for sale, and have met other “ringers” that have gone even longer honing their skill before making their first sale. I have also had people tell me that they have ordered these el-cheapo rings and that if they had known of mine, they would have paid the extra money because what they had bought looked like shit.
But as I said…..you get what you pay for.
I finally was able to get some AA tokens to ring out. And the first one will be heading to the Philippines for a friend who is 30 years on the wagon.
Have already added them to the website http://www.standingbearcoinrings.com/apps/webstore/products/category/1488726?page=1
Being that Shopify were being such dicks, I jumped ship and I’m almost done with building a brand new one using Visaprint as the host. This is what it will look like.
And I’m also working on new ideas,
As well as doing Challenge coins as rings.
Although this one is the Marines, I’ll also have the Army, Navy & Airforce rings as well for I’ve found a local supplier of the coins. They will list for $45 for at 3 hours of work per coin/ring, they are a bitch to do. The Earrings will be between $10 – $20 depending on if it’s 1, 2 or 3 coins used. I will also be adding bracelets as well as necklaces and maybe chokers.
Quarter choker that Catherine made.
So sit back, by the first week of Aug the new site will be online and you all can see it and judge or yourself.
I’m yet again shutting down, temporary, the website. The cause, because those pricks at Shopify are doing all they can to force me to use their payment gateway which means they not only get a cut of my sales but I need a bank account to get freakin paid! I HATE BANKS! I have to deal with them because of our mortgage, I won’t be pressured to deal with them when it comes to the website.
Therefore, I’m shutting it down until I can set up one with a host that freely allows me to do it my way in using only paypal. That way all sales are credited to my debit card. In the meantime, I’m going ahead with the powder coating using a clear coat of the rings I have already in stock and anyone that wants one can contact me either here or through the Standing Bear facebook page. It’s my full intention to have a new site up and running no later than laborday.
Below is a link to a video I just posted on Powder Coating a clad coin ring to prevent the dreaded “Green” finger that happens when a person wears something with a lot of copper in it. For those that don’t know what powder coating is, it is a way to stick a powdered pigment using static electricity to metal. You then bake the part, or in this case ring, at 400 degrees for roughly 25 min. When cooled, you have a coating that is near impossible to remove like this.
Powder coating comes in hundreds if not thousands of colors, including clear coat, and is the best way I’ve found to seal a clad or copper ring. I’ll be offering this on the website soon.
Just added this to the website. The “Don’t Tread On Me” 1oz copper coin ring. Get them while they last.
Well, saw something today that got me thinking. A guy had the reflector from a worklight and made it into a simple lightbox. Well, I don’t have a light, but I did have a mixing bowl.
So, I tried several angles and after playing around a bit I was able to get this shot where the ring reflects.
Now I also had traded the other day an old silver quarter with a guy in Norway for this that got here just today.
It’s roughly the size of a fifty cent piece and .999 Silver. And to say that I’m a little nervous in doing it is an understatement. If I can do it though, it should make one hell of a ring. The reason that he didn’t try it himself? He’s a newbie that has never done anything this size.