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Appalachia Through My Eyes – A Shiny New Ring

My life in appalachia - A shiny new ring

I got a shiny new ring this week. It was made by a Blind Pig reader-and you’d never guess what it’s made out of! Or maybe you can-leave a comment with your best guess and I’ll draw a winner from all the right guesses. What’s the prize-hmmm I don’t know but I’ll come up with something!

Be sure to drop back by tomorrow for the answer-and to see how you can make your very own shiny ring.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    March 11, 2012 at 1:57 am


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    March 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I LIKE that ring!
    I can’t wait to see how it’s made.

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    Billy Propst
    March 10, 2012 at 5:13 am

    I’m going with a spoon hammered silver quarter! My friend Edwin Ammons was telling me how he was making one a couple of weeks ago! A very interesting craft indeed!

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    March 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I was thinking maybe an old piece of flatware, but I really can’t wait to find out what it is 🙂

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    John Reese
    March 9, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I used to make rings for my wife from stainless or monell nuts. turned out real nice with a little work. could be a nut.

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    Bob Humphreys
    March 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Back when I was just a young man I saw a ring that someone made from a silver quarter. the quarter was beaten by a spoon all around the edges until it was a smooth surface and then the center bored out. so I’m going to say your ring was made from a silver quarter. have a nice weekend!
    Bob H

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    March 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I am pretty sure this is made from a piece of silverware as I have a spoon ring myself from several years ago that I got at a craft show. It just fits on my little finger.

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    Ed Ammons
    March 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    It looks to me like its made from the little key thingy that you use to open a can of Spam or maybe the pull tab off a can of potted meat. Or a sardine can. I’ve seen a sardine can top curl up just like that. It’s gotta be one of them. I just know I’m gonna win thisen cause nobody guessed what I did.
    Bradley-Maybe it don’t look silver colored because it’s reflecting the colors of its surroundings. You do know the reflective material on a mirror is silver. Where do you park that Corvette truck? I’d like to take it for a spin. Is it a one ton? I had one that I used to haul pulp wood. It would get you to the mill and back in nothing flat.

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    Suzi Phillips
    March 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Well, I believe it’s a quarter or a washer. I have a beautiful sparkly wedding ring that Mitchell bought when we got engaged & one he painstakingly made for me out of a silver quarter. Guess which one I wear! PS-The quarter has to be made before 1964.

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    Mrs. K
    March 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    No clue and, just like everyone else, can’t wait to find out what it’s made from!

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    Nancy Wigmore
    March 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Looks like one of those new fangdangled dollars to me, but probably a nut like me! lol. Thanks for sharing Tipper. Beautiful ring…lot of love put in making that for you. A treasure! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    March 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    It don’t look silver colored. Obviously, I don’t know what it is.
    I get the feeling that someone that has access to a machine shop could have used some sort of bronze bushing or or drilled a bronze bar (or copper) and sliced and shaped it with a lathe and polished it to a bright finish. Either that or made it from the bronze centering shaft from a Corvette truck clutch LOL. I really hate it when I’m wrong!

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    dolores barton
    March 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I’ve thought about this since early this morning. I wondered if it was a piece of recycled something, maybe plastic coated with a gold paint finish and sprayed with a shiny clear coat.

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    March 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Tipper, I have no clue what this ring is made of but it is very pretty so I’m looking forward to your post tomorrow to find out. Thanks for sharing this with us. You always give us interesting items to see and think about. Thanks

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    Helen G.
    March 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    A nickel… I’ve been going to try to make one of those myself… just haven’t yet.

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    March 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    i don’t know but it’s really nice!

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    March 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    A quarter? It looks pretty shiny to be a quarter! It’s lovely.

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    Jessica Puckett
    March 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I can’t figure this one out….I am gonna go with a quarter for my guess. But I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a spoon ring. 🙂

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    Michele Langston
    March 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    a gun casing?

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    March 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    perhaps a horse shoe nail, heated and pounded flat, then shaped. It’s quite shiny, as I can see reflections in it. Very nice, I will look forward to hearing what was recycled to make it for you.

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    March 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Looks very nice on you. I use to
    make rings out of Stainless tubing
    with lots of polishing. Then I
    tried brass and bronze and that was a whole lot easier. I’d say
    that one is made from a spoon or

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    Delinda Lea
    March 9, 2012 at 10:48 am

    A tin can? I’m not certain but can hardly wait to find out! I’ll be trying to turn one out this weekend …

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    March 9, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I’m stumped also… but it is very pretty

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    March 9, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I don’t have a clue…but it looks nice on you. Whoever made it done a great job!

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    B. Ruth
    March 9, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Hey Tipper,
    It is made I believe out of a silver quarter….
    Mighty shiney….LOL
    Thanks Tipper,
    Beautiful day here…not to warm but beginning to warm up…

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    Bill Burnett
    March 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

    It looks like it might be a spoon-ring.

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    Darlene LaRoche
    March 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I would guess a quarter.I remember back in the 70’s is was a craze to make them up. Just want to say thanks Tipper for the CD, I received it in the mail yesterday, I am so enjoying the music. Thanks again!!

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    March 9, 2012 at 9:08 am

    a spoon, nice

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    March 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Tipper it’s made out of a silver 25 cent coin I use to make them for all my girlfriends . Malcolm

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    March 9, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Don’t really know. I have one made out of old silverware so maybe that’s the answer.

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    Pat in east TN
    March 9, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I’m stumped! Can hardly wait for the answer tomorrow!

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    March 9, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Maybe a fork tine?

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    March 9, 2012 at 8:48 am

    The adapter from the end of a faucet…Can’t wait to find out!

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    March 9, 2012 at 8:47 am

    no idea, but i like it. can’t wait to see how it was made and what of.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 9, 2012 at 8:44 am

    It sure is purtty ever what it’s made from!

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    Just Jackie
    March 9, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Both Casper and I pondered over the picture and we have no idea what it is. LOL. can’t wait to find out !!!

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    Bill Dotson
    March 9, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Looks like a penny to me.

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    Karen Larsen
    March 9, 2012 at 7:56 am

    It sure is purty, but I haven’t a clue what it’s made out of.

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    B f
    March 9, 2012 at 7:39 am

    i will take a guess that the ring is made out of a shiny new penny

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    March 9, 2012 at 7:20 am

    perhaps it was made with a spoon—so a spoon ring??

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    Sheryl Paul
    March 9, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Humm, it is hard to tel from a picture, but I would say it must be something unusual like a pie plate or something like that.

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    March 9, 2012 at 7:14 am

    A stainless steel nut that you smoothed down??? I think I remember my someone doing that… Whatever it is I like it and would love to make one for me 🙂

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    Canned Quilter
    March 9, 2012 at 6:34 am

    I would say a coin!

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    March 9, 2012 at 6:07 am

    I know what it is :P. But i don’t wanna give it away because there ain’t no fun in that. Plus i helped with that ring lol.

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