This is the most common question and the most difficult to answer. Each person is a little different in what they want to make and the tools that fit their style. The four main steps though are:
- Punch a hole.
- Fold it
- Stretch it
- Reduce it.
The best way to find out what you need is to get as much information as possible before committing to tools. My manual is a great way to learn a lot of information quickly. Many years of trial and error can be found in the manual. If you can understand the concept, that will show you what you will need pending on your goals with the craft. Here is a link to the manual.
Also Youtube videos found here:
Coin Ring Crafters is also a great resource for people to learn old and new techniques from an amazing group of folks:
The starter kit I offer is a great way to get started in tools. It has the “meat and potatoes” of tools and will allow you to make the majority of popular coin rings and the most common sizes. The must haves are the 17 degree dies, punch, folding cones, and the steel starter cone. Here is a link to the starter kits.
The other main tool needed to get started is a ring stretcher/machine. Here is my favorite one: https://www.riogrande.com/Product/Durston-Ring- Stretcher-and- Reducer/112066
From there, you can build up your tools and expand your options for making coin rings and other jewelry.I grew my business small and let the sales of the rings pay for new tools and for research and development. Each coin smith has their own way of making coin rings so it is best to learn from many smiths and find your own technique. You’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish!