ACutAboveCoins

Cut Coin jewelry by Wally

Washington, United States · 251 Sales

ACutAboveCoins

Cut Coin jewelry by Wally

Washington, United States 251 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(125)
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Wally

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Announcement   Welcome to my shop that specializes in hand-cut coin jewelry, and hand-forged double sided coin rings. Both items are 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, nickel and palladium. My coin rings, like my cut coins are carefully hand made with extra care and patience. My name is Wally, and I have been cutting coins and making rings for a number of years.

CUT COINS:
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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, rhodium, palladium or a hard, cyanide based 14kt gold solution. Silver coins are sometimes highly polished and left un-plated. 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 re-plated. A jeweler can easily clean a coin, but if the gold on my coins show signs of wearing off, I will re-plate 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, finishing and the time spent searching for the coins. 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.

HAND- FORGED SILVER DOUBLE-SIDED COIN RINGS:
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I began my interest in making hand-forged double- sided coin rings after seeing these beautiful rings on various websites. Since I worked with coins all the time, making coin rings seemed to be a perfect way to split my time in the shop. Cut coin jewelry entails concertrated and detailed cutting. Ring making is more physical, and one is not sitting at a bench. I then went on an obsessed journey to learn how to make these beautiful rings, and began selling my custom coin rings at craft shows and Farmers Markets in the Seattle area. Now my coin rings will share my cut coin site on Etsy.

All my rings are hand-made, and have a design on both the outside and the inside of the ring. The method of forging and folding these rings from coins eliminates the problems associated with soldered seams. Since there are no seams, they cannot spit. All of my coins rings are made of silver, and will not cause stains on your finger. I enjoy spending the extra time hand-filing, smoothing edges, and polishing the rings so they are comfortable on your finger.

In addition to the silver American coins, I make interesting silver rings from the coins of other countries. Very few of these beautiful, silver coins are now in circulation. They are either found on the web or purchased from coin dealers.” Their likes will never be seen again,” and they can be considered interesting antiques; each with its own history, story and design.

RING INFORMATION

When ordering one of my rings it is very important that you know your size. If you don’t know your correct size, please have a jeweler size the finger you will be wearing the ring on. Having the correct size will eliminate many problems. Please don’t guess!

All my coin rings are made from circulated coins. I would be pleased to work with you if you would like the same ring made from a higher grade, more expensive coin. Let me know what you are interested in.

You will find that coin rings will have a slight taper, and will also have a thick and a thin edge. The larger the ring size, the flatter the ring. The smaller the size, the more dome shaped the ring will be. Rings can be made with varying sized widths. Each ring has a certain size range, but I can size them slightly above or below these ranges. Please contact me, and we can discuss it.

Shipping times will be between 1 and 2 weeks. You will be notified if there will be any delays in the delivery time. When the ring is ready to be shipped I will notify you.

Like my cut coins, everything is guaranteed. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the ring, please mail it back, and I will refund your money. Please feel free to convo me if you have any questions.

Wally

Announcement

Welcome to my shop that specializes in hand-cut coin jewelry, and hand-forged double sided coin rings. Both items are 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, nickel and palladium. My coin rings, like my cut coins are carefully hand made with extra care and patience. My name is Wally, and I have been cutting coins and making rings for a number of years.

CUT COINS:
----------------

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, rhodium, palladium or a hard, cyanide based 14kt gold solution. Silver coins are sometimes highly polished and left un-plated. 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 re-plated. A jeweler can easily clean a coin, but if the gold on my coins show signs of wearing off, I will re-plate 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, finishing and the time spent searching for the coins. 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.

HAND- FORGED SILVER DOUBLE-SIDED COIN RINGS:
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

I began my interest in making hand-forged double- sided coin rings after seeing these beautiful rings on various websites. Since I worked with coins all the time, making coin rings seemed to be a perfect way to split my time in the shop. Cut coin jewelry entails concertrated and detailed cutting. Ring making is more physical, and one is not sitting at a bench. I then went on an obsessed journey to learn how to make these beautiful rings, and began selling my custom coin rings at craft shows and Farmers Markets in the Seattle area. Now my coin rings will share my cut coin site on Etsy.

All my rings are hand-made, and have a design on both the outside and the inside of the ring. The method of forging and folding these rings from coins eliminates the problems associated with soldered seams. Since there are no seams, they cannot spit. All of my coins rings are made of silver, and will not cause stains on your finger. I enjoy spending the extra time hand-filing, smoothing edges, and polishing the rings so they are comfortable on your finger.

In addition to the silver American coins, I make interesting silver rings from the coins of other countries. Very few of these beautiful, silver coins are now in circulation. They are either found on the web or purchased from coin dealers.” Their likes will never be seen again,” and they can be considered interesting antiques; each with its own history, story and design.

RING INFORMATION

When ordering one of my rings it is very important that you know your size. If you don’t know your correct size, please have a jeweler size the finger you will be wearing the ring on. Having the correct size will eliminate many problems. Please don’t guess!

All my coin rings are made from circulated coins. I would be pleased to work with you if you would like the same ring made from a higher grade, more expensive coin. Let me know what you are interested in.

You will find that coin rings will have a slight taper, and will also have a thick and a thin edge. The larger the ring size, the flatter the ring. The smaller the size, the more dome shaped the ring will be. Rings can be made with varying sized widths. Each ring has a certain size range, but I can size them slightly above or below these ranges. Please contact me, and we can discuss it.

Shipping times will be between 1 and 2 weeks. You will be notified if there will be any delays in the delivery time. When the ring is ready to be shipped I will notify you.

Like my cut coins, everything is guaranteed. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the ring, please mail it back, and I will refund your money. Please feel free to convo me if you have any questions.

Wally

Wally

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Wally

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hansruckdaeschel

hansruckdaeschel on Aug 16, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautifully and flawlessly made! I'm really happy with it and I'm wearing it everyday now on a gold plated necklace. Also the delivery from US was surprisingly quick!

Lee

Lee on Jul 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Replaced a pendant that I had previously ordered from Wally several years ago. Fantastic pendant and fast shipping :D

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About

Born to cut...

The rains and dark days of winter have arrived, again, in the Great Pacific Northwest. After a very successful summer doing local shows, it is time to hunker down in my Seattle workshop and begin to replenish my depleted stock, and to get ready for the coming big local Christmas show and the summer season. There is always work to be done.

It has been fun doing local shows during the last few years. My wife Linda and I feel like “Latter Day Hippies” with the van, tent and display cases. We find we have to talk a lot so the people passing by our display understand that what we are selling are unique cut coins, rather than the usual jewelry. Say the word “coins” and they almost always will stop and look.

Tools for producing cut coins can be extremely simple and cheap, or complicated and expensive. It depends how you want the finished product to look. If you only want to cut a few coins for your family and friends there is no need for expensive equipment. A vise, a hand or an electric drill, a saw frame with blades, a few drill bits, a small file and polishing solution should allow you to cut decent coins. If you want to produce almost perfect cut coins for sale you will need some expensive equipment that will allow you to drill, file and cut accurately and quickly. If you want to plate your coins you will have to spend the money for the equipment and solutions that will produce excellent results. As soon as one begins to deal with jewelry suppliers you should have the necessary funds available for all the neat things they want to sell you, and the ability to survive “sticker shock.”

The photos on this site will give you the idea of how I have set up my shop that will enable me to comfortably sit for long hours and produce cut coins to the best of my ability. Top equipment helps, but you will also need patience, a steady hand, and the ability to not get too upset when you ruin a coin that you have almost finished… You will also have to spend time looking for coins to cut, and if you plan to sell on line you should be familiar with computers, and all the sites that are now available to sell your art.

I’m not the coin ring maker or the coin ring maker’s son, but I’ll make coin rings till the coin ring maker comes!

I am now making hand-forged, double-sided, silver coin rings, which helps break up the tension of coin cutting. One day I will do coins, and one day I will do coin rings, which are more forgiving. I suggest that coin cutters should consider doing another form of metal work rather than only piercing. It may help eliminate burn out.

The methods for producing coin rings has drastically changed in the last three or four years. I am sure that there are still “ringers” who produce coin rings by forging and hammering for a couple of hours. That is all well and good, but it wears on the body with repetitive motion problems and battered fingers. If you are only making an occasional ring this method produces excellent rings, and it doesn’t take a lot of money to get started. If you plan to go into the coin ring business you will need some of the equipment that will eliminate injuries, and will enable you to make rings quickly and of high quality.

It didn’t take long for ring makers to realize that there must be an easier way than hammering and they found it… Making rings from coins is fun, and people wanted to learn the secrets. Soon, many instructional videos began to appear on YouTube, and some people began making equipment, and specialized tools, which you can see in my shop photos. The market is now flooded with coin ring makers-some poor and some excellent. Many of my ring sales are local, and I enjoy working with customers so the rings will fit correctly, and any other problems will be quickly taken care of. I will do the same on line, but I never have the pleasure of meeting these customers in person.

I will be pleased to answer any questions about coin cutting or ring making. Contact me through Etsy conversations.

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Last updated on October 10, 2015
"A Cut Above Coins" is an online store selling hand cut coins of the world. The coins are cut, plated with 14Kt gold, highlighted in rhodium and made into earrings or pendants.

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