|Project by halfacre||posted 10-06-2015 04:26 PM||1484 views||3 times favorited||22 comments|
So I made this ring using a half dollar and an army issue spoon from my mess kit. Made it in 1958 so all the coins back then were solid and not layered with cheap stuff like today.
My buddy mentioned his grand dad had made a ring using a kitchen spoon and since I didn’t have tools or any wood while in the army I decided to make the ring my buddy mentioned to me. Holding the 50 cent piece between thumb and finger on my knee I used the inside of the spoon to beat on the coin..This is a very slow process. You hold the spoon all the way down on the handle to give you more harder hits on the coin. Close to a year beating on it each night until I got it down to about the right size. I had nothing to use as a size for I was not married then so I didn’t have a wedding ring so I guessed by looking at my finger next to the beat down coin. It happened to be close for I still wear the ring on occasions. Only after I was satisfied with the size using my army issue mess knife I started grinding out the inside metal with the dullest piece of steel a person could use. The outside shape automatically forms by the curvature of the inside of the spoon. Cutting out the inside with a dull kitchen knife also took many days….
It got to be very annoying to my buddies in the barracks. Click click click until 10 o’clock lights out each and every night.
Holding the coin inline with the inside of the upside down spoon I would beat of the coin. Position the finger and thumb as far down on the bottom of the coin as possible you beat on the top of the coin….I still to this day have a big knot on the first joint of my thumb where the spoon would accidentally hit the bone. All the words on the face of the coin are still legible which are now inside the ring.. As you are hitting the coin with the spoon it sorta rotates between your finger and thumb. The surface of the coin, ring, ends up as smooth and shiny as my wedding ring. Occasionally I would shine the ring using my can of Brasso the Sargent ordered every one to buy when you first went into the army to keep all the brass polished for inspections. I still have my can of Brasso!!! I do hope the people here lets this post stay . I do know there is no wood involved but hey I was in the army then and no where to keep wood hidden to use…Those foot lockers were mighty small and during inspections each Saturday morning if they found something not issued in the foot locker or clothes closet it went in the trash. The ring I made is the wide one in the picture.
-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx