I have creative ADHD. I jump around from craft to craft because once I master a thing I seem to get bored with it and want to move on to the next. I kept waiting for something to click — the one thing I would enjoy doing over and over and not get bored with it. I think I’ve found it.
I had an aunt who was an amazing, well-traveled woman. She lived all but the last few years of her life in either Brooklyn, or Queens, NY (my mother, her sister, raised us kids on Long Island, NY). When my aunt passed away a few years ago she left everything to me. I’ve slowly been going through her many boxes of possessions, and a few months ago found a box of coins she had collected during her travels. So, I started search out websites and videos on how to make jewelry out of coins and found a guy making coin rings, and it clicked! In the box of aunt El’s coins were two old New York City subway token rings from the seventies. I thought “these would make cool rings if I put the “New York City” part on the outside of the ring. I made the ring. I loved the ring. I posted photos of the ring on Facebook and my friends loved the ring. Requests started coming in for token rings and other types of coin rings and I haven’t stopped making them since.
I’d like to try my hand at other types of metal jewelry and glass bead making when ring orders slow down a bit, but that may not be for a while. Until then I’m really enjoying discovering new coins to make rings out of. I recently started making rings out of Silver State Quarters and love those too. I’ve found other states and cities that have old subway and bus tokens and plan to put them up for sale in my Square store and Etsy shop soon.
If you’d like to check out my coin rings for sale visit my website at www.beadyeyedbeth.com — there are links there to both my Etsy shop and Square Marketplace store. In the meantime, if you have a coin ring request feel free to email me and I’ll see what I can do!