ACutAboveCoins

Cut Coin jewelry by Wally

Seattle, Washington 344 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars (150)

ACutAboveCoins

Cut Coin jewelry by Wally

Seattle, Washington | 344 Sales

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Wally

Announcement    Welcome to my shop that specializes in hand-cut coin jewelry. I am 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 name is Wally, and I have been cutting coins for a number of years.

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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 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.

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.

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.

Wally

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Last updated on May 17, 2019

Welcome to my shop that specializes in hand-cut coin jewelry. I am 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 name is Wally, and I have been cutting coins 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 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.

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.

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.

Wally

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About ACutAboveCoins

Sales 344
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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 will be pleased to answer any questions about coin cutting. 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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STATE OF WASHINGTON SALES TAX: State sales tax will be added to any orders being shipped to an address within Washington state. Seattle’s current tax rate of 9.6% sales tax will be automatically added in Etsy for all purchases being sent anywhere in Washington state.

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