Steve Wiser March 18th, 2017
I have gotten the impression from your videos that you welcome feedback from others about their experience with making coin rings. Here’s my 2 cents.
I just finished 25 rings made from bronze medallions. I used the Swedish wrap method. I started working 5 at a time.
After the first five I found that when using your starter cone rather than the steel stabilizer folding mandrel for the initial gold I got more consistent uniform folds and less uneven folds.
Using your linen phenolic stabilizer folding cone with a liberal coating of Burlife instead of a Teflon wrapped steel stabilizer folding mandrel saved LOTS of time. Wrapping the steel mandrel each time really slower things down, something you don’t want in production work. The wear on the linen cone was minimal and I consider the cone an economically disposable tool of production. The one pictured folded over 20 bronze medallions.
I tried several methods for the final finishing, wire brushes, scotchbrite pads, foam sanding blocks, sandpaper, etc. My favorite turned out to be Rio’s new pink Sunshine satin finishing and polishing cloth.(pictured) Two steps of finishing without having to set one till down only to pick up another. It conforms well with rounded surfaces and gets inside the ring super easy. A great finish while removing
Minimal material. I used one cloth to finish over 20 rings and still have 80+% wear left. This sunshine cloth is probably the best bench trick I can offer for making coin rings.
That’s it ! I hope all is well on the central coast and I wish I was there for the impossibly green hills the spring wild flowers.
Steve Wiser” from WiserJewelry
“Using this to start the fold of any coin significantly reduces any wear on your Universal Stabilizer Folding Cones, and eliminates the need to completely round the hole before beginning to fold the coin due to the coin’s sharp edge after being punched. This cone is machined out of stainless steel, has a fairly low profile making the starting fold easier in a Durston ring press which doesn’t have a huge amount of vertical clearance, and finished very well without a blemish in craftsmanship. Buying this 1 time saved me from buying many more sets of folding cones which can get expensive. Yet another great invention of Jason’s Works that others try to copy but can’t duplicate!”
Angus MacGyver on Apr 25, 2016
5 out of 5 stars
This stainless steel starter cone is designed to begin folding coins with holes ranging from 1/4″ to 5/8″ +. By starting the fold, the stabilizer folding cones and delrin balls are not subjected to the sharp edge of the hole in the coin therefore reducing wear on he folding cones, mandrels and balls.
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NOTE: A detailed description of the coin ring making process can be found in “How to Make Coin Rings” training manual found here:
*NOTE: NICKELS AND OTHER HARD ALLOYED COINS (BRASS IS O.K.) SHOULD BE STARTED WITH THIS STEEL CONE AND THEN FINISH THE FOLDING PROCESS WITH THE STABILIZER CONES OR MANDREL.
*Coin and reduction die not included*
*CAUTION! This is a small component and can cause a choking hazard to children. Keep away from children*