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Small Change Ring

This is a ring made from a coin, covered with decorative paper and Diamond Glaze.

Step 1: You'll need...

You'll need...
For this ring, you'll need:
• A small coin (something like a penny, nickel, dime, or whatever small coins are made where you live)
• Pretty paper (just enough to cover your coin)
• Diamond Glaze (or another product that serves the same purpose, aDimensional Adhesive)
Wire
• Wire cutters and pliers
• Epoxy
• Something roughly finger-shaped, like a marker or a dowel
• A pencil
Scissors

Step 2: Pretty Paper!

Pretty Paper!
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Since the coin's colour will show around the edges, try to coordinate its colour with the paper.
Trace your coin onto your paper. Since the pencil will make the circle a little bigger than the actual coin, and there's a ridge around the coin that you want your paper to fit into, cut your circle smaller than the pencil outline. However, don't cut it too small, since it's much easier to make it smaller. You can check the size by placing it on the coin and making sure it fits well.

Step 3: Glue down the Paper

Glue down the Paper
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Using a tiny bit of Diamond Glaze, (or another glue if you prefer) glue the paper to the coin.

Step 4: Diamond Glazing! Huzzah!

Diamond Glazing! Huzzah!
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Now you can pile on the Diamond Glaze! I would recommend putting it around the edges first, then filling in the centre. The first few squirts will probably begin with bubbles, so put these on a surface other than your coin. For some reason, I put them on my pencil. Now it has odd, deflated bubble shapes on it.
If bubbles form later, there are various ways to get them out. The one that worked best for me was actually touching the bubbles, so that they came off on my finger. The Diamond Glaze was still liquid enough that it resealed itself.

Step 5: Making the ring

Making the ring
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While you wait for the Diamond Glaze to dry, you can make the ring. (Actually, the Diamond Glaze will take much longer to dry. Resist poking it until it is completely clear, and not cloudy at all. I couldn't resist poking it and got a weird dent it it.)

Wrap the wire around the marker. Wrap it a few times, until you like the width of the band. I wrapped mine three times. Cut the wire so that both ends are near each other. That way, they can both touch the coin and not scratch you. If the ends stick up a bit, you can curve them down with pliers.
If you prefer, you could make a bail out of wire, and turn your coin into a pendant.

Step 6: Attatching the ring to the coin

Attatching the ring to the coin
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Mix up your Epoxy, and put a little on the side of the coin without the paper.
Then put the part of the ring with the cut ends into the epoxy. Make sure it's not crooked, then leave it to dry.

Step 7: Wear your ring!

Wear your ring!
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When the epoxy dries, your ring is finished! You can now wear it!