A single “short” bronze plunger to replace a lost or damaged (beyond repair) plunger. Designed to be stacked on one another. These are the best quality available being hardened bronze, engraved witness lines and being hand lapped. These are not just mass produced but rather each one is finished by hand by a skilled craftsman here is the USA.
If you need multiple plungers, you can add them separately to your cart.
The short plungers being numbered from the largest to the smallest with the largest starting with #1, #2, #3, #4, #5.
#1 Bronze plunger – The largest diameter in the set used for the first press in the 1.0 x 1.4 Dollar Swedish Die.
#2 Bronze plunger – The second largest diameter in the set used for the second press in 1.0 x 1.4 Dollar Swedish die.
#3 Bronze plunger – The third largest diameter in the set. Used for the last press and extrusion in the 1.0 x 1.4 Dollar Swedish die AND the first press of the .8 x 1.1 half dollar Swedish die.
#4 Bronze plunger – The fourth largest in diameter in the set. Used for the second press in the .8 x 1.1 half dollar Swedish die.
#5 Bronze plunger – The fifth largest diameter in the set. Used for the last press and final extrusion in the .8 x 1.1 half dollar Swedish die
For the three smallest plungers for the .6 x .9 quarter and dime Swede die, please see the listings for the “Tall” bronze plungers here:
It is o.k. for the plungers to have small dings and scratches when they become well used. If need be, you can always lap the surfaces using a piece of 200 grit sand paper.
NOTE: This is one plunger and not the full set.
*NOTE: Be sure to not over press the plungers when using a hydraulic press. Know where each plunger bottoms out prior to pressing. Use the witness lines on the plunger to assist with this.
*NOTE: Remember the 5 most important steps in the Swedish Wrap method.
1. Anneal a lot. Preferably once for every plunger distance when working with silver. Up to two with brass. Better to anneal too often than not enough.
2. Use lots of pipe tape, re-wrap after each press/anneal. Better to use too much than too little. I wrap up to 30 times for a half dollar and 40 times for a dollar if I’m using the thin tape. It depends on the thickness of the tape and how tough the coin is. Luckily it’s cheap. Rolls can be found for well under a dollar at stores or online.
3. It is better to press the reeded side. Prior to pressing, make sure the plunger completely covers the reeded side of the coin. If it does not, use a 17 or 25 degree die to fold in the reeded side until the plunger covers the reeded side.
4. Do not over-press the plungers when using a hydraulic press or large arbor press. Know where each plunger bottoms out on the dies.
5. Feel free to experiment with different ideas and have fun!
For additional information you can view a training video here:
And also get detailed step by step instructions from my training manual available here:
*A special thank you to Mikael Möller, Robert Gibb (BFG Coin RIngs), Bob, Russ, Troy, Mike Henry, Adam McKinney, Skyler Jenkins (Coin Rings by the Mint), Rocky Workman, Joshua Janes and countless others on Coin Ring Crafters on Facebook. You all made this possible! 🙂
*COINS AND RINGS NOT INCLUDED*