There are many types of adhesives, glues, and epoxy’s to choose from but make sure that your choice will stick to metal surfaces. Because coin jewelry is often worn everyday, you need an adhesive that can hold up to some tough hits, water, variety of environments (humidity, temperature) and chemical exposure (like soap, shampoo, and perfumes). Using glue can make it difficult to remove or re-use the bezel and can possibly damage a coin or reduce the worth of the coin. Placing the correct amount of epoxy can also be tricky and can take some practice you might only have one chance at gluing the coin in correctly – be careful not to use too much or to little.
- A jeweler’s screwdriver with a small flat blade
- Jewelry Epoxy
- Watchmakers pegwood with a sharpened point or a toothpick
- Notepad of paper
- And a Cleaning cloth
Start by removing the coin from your coin bezel with your flathead screwdriver. Set the coin aside where it won’t get lost.
Take your jeweler’s epoxy and place equal amounts of each part of the epoxy on a notepaper, just a small drop of each should be sufficient.
Mix the epoxy for about 30 seconds using a sharpened pegwood or toothpick to activate the bonding agent.
Place a small drop of epoxy, the size will depend on how loose the coin is, on the bottom and two sides of the inside of the coin bezel.
Only place the glue on the inside ridge around the very outside where the coin will touch. Glue can spread easily and if too much is placed in the area, it will cause the glue to spread out onto the coin and coin bezel and become a visible distraction to the piece. Too much glue can also cover parts of the coin that would be difficult to remove and possibly reduce the value of the jewelry or coin. However, if you use too little glue, it will not hold the coin in place and the coin will quickly become loose again.
Open the bezel to fit the coin into place. Start by placing the bottom of the coin over the epoxy at the bottom of the bezel first. Try to keep the coin in place so it does not turn and smear the epoxy. As you place the coin, some epoxy may ooze out. Quickly wipe away extra epoxy immediately with a soft cleaning cloth.
Pinch the coin bezel together at the top and the coin should fit securely. Insert the screw back into the bezel and tighten it into place with your screwdriver to ensure the coin is held securely.
While putting the screw back into place make sure not to over tighten it, which can strip the threads of the screw and its fitting. Visit Esslinger.com’s Learning Center for more useful guides.