RossCoinRings

Unique coin ring tools and coin rings

Marshalltown, Iowa · 863 Sales

RossCoinRings

Unique coin ring tools and coin rings

Marshalltown, Iowa 863 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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(176)

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Ross

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Announcement   Welcome to Ross Coin Rings... As you can see by the new banner; I have moved. My products will now be available from my new website at https://www.rosscoinrings.com Hope all my customers find their way to my new website... Thanks for stopping by. -Ross

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Last updated on Jan 17, 2018

Welcome to Ross Coin Rings... As you can see by the new banner; I have moved. My products will now be available from my new website at https://www.rosscoinrings.com Hope all my customers find their way to my new website... Thanks for stopping by. -Ross

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About

The design and manufacture of unique coin ring making tools is a special interest of mine.

I am glad you are interested in my story. It seems only appropriate that I relate to you how I came to have an interest in precision artistic crafts.

I was probably about nine or ten years old when I first got introduced to the importance of completing a project that you could really take pride in.

In these younger formative years, I had always watched my father as he went about doing various home repairs, maintenance work and his own mechanical projects. What I did not initially pick up on, or understand, was his intense desire to always complete a project as perfectly and precise as humanly possible. You see, my father was an accomplished tool and die maker. He was also an accomplished musician. Many of his mechanical skills were probably self-taught, but he also acquired full tool and die journeyman status during the early years of World War II, when he worked in one of the war materials factories in the South Gate, California area. Suffice it to say, he was a highly skilled machinist with an intense passion for perfection in everything he set about doing. Tool and die work, by its very nature, dictates precision and close tolerances.

How I came to inherit my own passion for perfection and artistic flair is a rather interesting story. As I mentioned, I was probably around ten years old. One afternoon I had decided it would be fun to build a birdhouse. I remember gathering the materials; wood from an orange crate and some small finish nails. Tools included a carpenter’s saw, a claw hammer and a brace and bit drill. I remember working on the basement cement floor. Late in the afternoon my masterpiece was nearly completed, though the word “masterpiece” would be a gross misnomer.

I recall my father venturing down the basement stairs to see what I was up to, shortly after he arrived home from work. When I showed him what I had created, he didn’t roll his eyes or shake his head – but I’m sure he wanted to. Instead, he encouraged my idea and initial efforts; but insisted that he help me complete the project. To be perfectly honest, no self-respecting bird would consider living in the structure as I had constructed it. The boards were not sawed straight, they didn’t come together at right angles, some of the nails had split the lumber and in general it would be hard to imagine it could survive a light windstorm. Essentially, together, we started all over again. This time under the watchful eye and tutelage of my father, the end result was significantly different from my first attempt. The birdhouse actually got hung in the cherry tree out back, and became the home for a family of sparrows.

The full effect of the birdhouse-building scenario, and a few other impromptu lessons, never really dawned on me until many years later. I did not follow in my father’s footsteps and become a tool and die maker. Instead I found my niche in the pursuit of a vocation that centered on electronics, industrial process controls and later computer programming and systems analyst work. Nevertheless, my spare-time hobbies were always related towards the artistic and crafting interests. Also, whether it was my vocation or my hobbies, perfection and precision in achievement remained the prime goal.

Photography has always been an interest of mine, and in my early 20s I actually did a lot of wedding photography. Then in 1962, I was called into military service in the US Army, and due to my previous experience, I served as a Photographer at a Brigade Headquarters located at Ft Geo G. Meade, Maryland.

Now, decades later, my interest in the design and fabrication of unique coin rings gives me the perfect opportunity to enjoy an artistic craft, and at the same time utilize my skills as a photographer to capture the beauty in image form. Several years prior to making coin rings, I created engraved wood signs. These signs were completed with pantograph machines that I designed and built myself. Later I also added a couple of commercial pantograph machines.

A beautiful handcrafted coin ring requires certain artistic input coupled with precision techniques in order to produce a truly custom piece of jewelry. As you evaluate the bevy of coin rings being produced today; it is most evident that only a scant handful of makers seem to know the secrets to transforming a coin into a ring. Hopefully you will find my coin rings to your liking. I have put a great deal of effort into discovering and refining my fabrication techniques. Still, each one is crafted with a selection of hand tools and a lot of work to create something that not only you and I can be proud of – but I know my father would have been proud of too.

Thanks a lot for stopping by the shop.

---Ross
Charter Member AGCRM (American Guild of Coin Ring Makers)

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  • Ross

    Owner

    Logical problem solving was always a part of me – painting, photography, engraved signs to name a scant few. Visualizing, then realizing the end product is the ultimate challenge. Crafting fine coin rings and unique coin ring tools is my passion.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 4, 2017
Welcome to Ross Coin Rings and thanks for looking at my products. All my products are crafted by me (a US Army veteran) in my smoke-free home.

Handcrafting a coin ring is a form of artwork, and as such each piece will have subtle differences. After I select a specific coin, the forming and shaping process is accomplished essentially with hand tools and heat. Of course this metamorphosis, from flat coin to coin ring, results in a custom piece with unique character. That character and beauty is a natural by-product of hand-made jewelry and the original condition of the coin I start with. The photographs I have on this website are necessarily close-up so as to exhibit the relative detail in these rings. However, the closeness and short depth-of-field may give the illusion the ring is larger than it is in real life. If you are unsure about the details of any particular ring, please contact me by Email, so I can answer any questions you might have, prior to purchase.

The Ross Coin Punch Alignment Card is a tool I developed to aid other coin ring makers. It is an economical way for interested individuals to try the hobby, without laying out a large initial investment in coin punch centering tools. The Ross CPAC is also a great way for the established coin ring maker to punch a hole in those odd coins that do not fit in their regular coin punch tools.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Digital downloads
If for some reason you are not happy with the coin ring I send you; please let me know within 7 days of your purchase. After I authorize the return, send it back to me and I will refund your purchase price no questions asked. Please note; the Buyer pays for the Return Shipping.

The Ross Coin Punch Alignment Cards are Custom-made items and as such I cannot accept Returns or Exchanges. However, I will replace any Card that contains defects in Material, Workmanship or stated Concentricity for a period of 60 days from date of purchase. For a Card to be replaced; it must be returned to me in "like new condition", and the Buyer pays for the Return Shipping. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Shipping
NOTE: Please combine your items in your shopping cart before you check out to save on shipping. Please do not place multiple orders as I am unable to combine them.

Currently, I am only shipping to destinations in the USA and Canada. Everything goes First Class USPS, in order to keep shipping costs to a minimum.
Additional policies and FAQs
It is the responsibility of the buyer to figure out their proper ring size before placing an order, or a Request For Quote. One of the easiest ways to do this would be to ask a local jeweler if they could "size" the finger you want to wear your ring on. Or, if you have another ring that fits you comfortably, and it is of a similar band width, perhaps you already know the size of that ring.

Lifetime Resizing Guarantee
It is understandable that everyone can make a mistake in specifying their ring size; or perhaps you are buying a ring as a gift and you do not know their size for sure. All my rings come with a Lifetime of FREE resizing. Just return the ring to me and have it resized FREE. The Buyer is responsible for the Shipping Cost to return the ring.

The Ross Coin Punch Alignment Card is a Custom-made item, and as such I cannot accept Returns or Exchanges. However, I will replace any Card that contains defects in Material, Workmanship or stated Concentricity for a period of 60 days from date of purchase.

The Specifications for the Ross CPAC are as follows:

Length: 2-3/8”
Width: 2-3/8”
Thickness: 0.120” (approximately 1/8”)
Material: ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)

Concentricity of Alignment Card: The Coin Hole Diameter and the Punch Hole Diameter will be Concentric at 0.005" or better; when calculated as: C = (Max Dim - Min Dim) / 2.

Concentricity of Punched Hole in Coin: It is impossible to guarantee how close to “exact center” the hole will be in the punched coin because it will depend on several factors besides just the Concentricity of the Alignment Card itself. Please see my Instructions or my White Paper entitled "Accuracy of the Ross Coin Punch Alignment Card (CPAC)" where I list those other factors. Both the Instructions and the White Paper are available for FREE download at my website: https://www.rosscoinrings.com