Cut Coin jewelry by Wally

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Welcome to my cut coin jewelry shop located in Seattle, Washington, high on Phinney Ridge, which overlooks Green Lake and the beautiful Cascade Mountain Range. I offer unique, one of a kind hand cut coin earrings and pendants, which are plated in 14kt gold, rhodium and palladium. My name is Wally, and I have been cutting coins for a number of years.

Cutting coins is a very time consuming and exacting practice. All my coins are hand cut using jeweler saws fitted with an assortment of fine saw blades. I try to give the impression that the subject matter, which remains after cutting, is floating within the outer ring. This is accomplished by making a small attachment to the ring, which is angle or pyramid cut. This allows the attachment to appear thin on the top, but thicker on the underside. It is a common method, which is used whenever a thin piece is cut that needs strength. The attachment to the coin may not appear to be substantial, but I have never had a problem using this technique.

I personally electroplate my coins with nickel, palladium or a hard, cyanide based 14kt gold solution. Unfortunately, gold plate will not last forever. Pendants that are constantly worn against the skin will need to be cleaned or at some time will have to be replated. A jeweler can easily clean a coin. If the gold on my coins show signs of wearing off, I will replate it. The only charge to the customer will be for postage.

The highlights on selected parts of a coin are plated in rhodium, which is a hard, white metal and will not tarnish. I am now pre-plating all my coins in nickel. In the past I was only pre-plating coins made of copper, bronze or brass. This extra step helps prevents the base metal from leaching through the final gold plate. I personally feel that a plated coin looks more like a fine piece of jewelry. It is nice to see earrings flash in the sun…

I use 14/20 gold filled jump rings, crimp beads and earwires. I offer earrings and pendants, and I will gladly make one earring into a pendant for approximately half the price. Pendants come with an adjustable black cord made up of a thin polyester cord, a gold filled jump ring and crimp bead. The adjustable sliders are made of bone.

My prices depend on the price I pay for the coin and the time spent cutting, drilling and finishing. The constantly changing cost of gold plating solutions, and the cost of the gold filled findings are also factored in.

I am also available to do custom cutting and plating. If you have a coin that has meaning to you or your family, or any interesting coin that you would like to have cut, please contact me on the website through Etsy conversation.

A quote, or mantra, that I constantly keep in mind when cutting a coin is: “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.” It also helps to be a bit obsessive.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions that I have not covered.