Introduction: How to Propose - TTE (Time Travel Edition)
No matter what words you use, no matter what pictures you can show, those of us blessed enough to have experienced it, know that it is indescribable.
All i know, is that i found that someone that i wanted to spend the rest of my life with, no questions, no doubts, it was her, for the rest of our lives.
Me and my (now) Fiance, both enjoy things that little bit different in life, so i knew, that when proposing, it had to be something different, but not cheesy.
Hannah is a creative person just like me, the greatest thing about this, is that i have someone who understands my creativity, and is proud of what i create. I knew that something 'handmade' coupled with a place that has been 'Godmade' would make for Hannahs (almost) perfect moment.
So, i will attempt to take your through how i made my proposal that little bit different, and more importantly, how i proposed with a 'time machine'
Step 1: Finding That Perfect Part.
At first, i had a rough idea what i wanted, but really, i had no idea.
As with all my projects i always like to push the use of scrap objects, i occasionally buy a few new items, but alot of the materials are 'scavenged'.
Then, i happened upon an old hand mixer. I new there would be a hefty motor in there, and i knew it would make for a great part in one of my weapons.
Then, i looked closer, and saw the outer metal enclosure of the motor, and i knew it was perfect.
Thus, the fun of getting it apart began, this was one well constructed mixer, the screws were tight, so tight, that no screwdriver created by man could undo what had been done,
So, i grabbed my trusty dremal-esque rotary tool, a 'parkside' branded no name from my local Lidl.
So, step 1 is, destroy the screws.
Step 2: Creating the Ring Box (part 1)
Firstly, i threaded a piece of metal through the hole located in the bottom of the box. The peice of metal i used was bendable, allowing me to easily thread it through and bend it around to give me the basis for a hinge.
Using pliers i bent the metal rod around, once i had got the angle placed correctly i then went about attaching some bits of card to either side of the hinge piece. A final piece of card to join these two pieces together to form a proper lid.
All these pieces were glued in place using PVA (elmers glue), i also used a small amount of super glue to attach the card to the metal.
Step 3: Creating the Ring Box (part 2)
I needed a section to fit the ring into. So i brought forth more card, i cut out 7 pieces of card, and stacked them up to make a little block. I measured the ring, and roughly worked out how big the slot needed to be.
I took my trusty dremal tool again, this time i used a rotary cutter attachment.
With it being made from card, i easily cut out a grove for the ring to sit in.
Next i took a piece of leather, and wrapped it around the block of card. Once wrapped around i could then feel where the slit was, and carefully cut out a hole using an scalpel.
This block then slots into the metal 'box'.
Finally, i coloured the card using a sharpie black marker, i could of easily spray painted it, but, i knew it would be a pain masking it off.
Once coloured in, i then dry brushed a little bit of metallic paint onto the lid.
Step 4: Drill Out the Birds.
The ring box is good, but, i knew it needed to be more. I also wanted to hold the suspense for as long as possible.
This wooden box had been waiting for a new life for many years, its an old artists brush and paint box that i picked up for a couple of Pounds.
The first thing i wanted to do was change the outside of the box.
I chose a small selection of little bird pictures, and taped them ontop of the box, i took a small drill piece and carefully traced the outline of the birds.
Next i took a small routing bit, and drilled out the shapes. For some bits requiring a tighter cut, i used a few files, and a stanley knife for getting the tight corners out.
Step 5: The Internals.
Next i needed to add a place to store the ring box.
Firstly i made a hole for the ring box to sit in. This was made by putting in a few bits of card to form a shelf, i then cut out a shape with a hole just the right size for the ring box. the top shelf was then covered with a piece of leather.
I then used the same method for one of the gaps in the back.
The final space in the box i then filled using some parts from an old rotary phone. I glued those in place using some epoxy resin.
Step 6: The Little Extras.
- A note/poem i wrote, which talked about alot of soppy things, including talking about wanting to travel through time with hannah.
- A few insulin glass tubes, which were taped together. I then sprayed the ends with spray paint, and slotted these in along side the note. These both slotted intern the 'paint brush holders'
- Finally, i made a leather kneeler, i knew it might be mucky on the floor, so i made a leather patch that i could throw down.
Step 7: Propose
So, thats how i made my proposal unique.
So, on christmas eve we went upto a local picturesque part of the local country side, i waited till roughly around the sunset, and carefully gave this to Hannah, she loved it.
And she said yes.
So, all in all, a great success!
Thanks for reading.