Introduction: Meteorite Ring

A meteorite is a solid piece of debris from an object, such as a comet, asteroid, or meteoroid, that originates in outer space and survives its passage through the Earth's atmosphere and impact with the Earth's surface or that of another planet. When the object enters the atmosphere, various factors like friction, pressure, and chemical interactions with the atmospheric gases cause it to heat up and radiate that energy. It then becomes a meteor and forms a fireball, also known as a shooting/falling star; astronomers call the brightest examples "bolides." Meteorites that survive atmospheric entry and impact vary greatly in size. For geologists, a bolide is a meteorite large enough to create a crater. (Wikipedia)

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Step 1: A Meteorite.

I got this slab of the Meteorite on ebay with intention to make something out of it. Originally I was thinking to make a custom watch case, but since I was getting married I decided to make my own wedding band. I think It's very sentimental and deep =)

List of tools for this project:
Slab of a real meteorite - http://ebay.to/2foeM3I
Jewelry metal cutting saw (you can use a hacksaw of an angle grinder)
Spring Clamp - http://amzn.to/2dQQOMJ
Center punch - http://amzn.to/2ejozqh

Drill - http://amzn.to/2fdINPP

Drill bits - http://amzn.to/2f9eUBh

Cutting oil (you can use WD40) - http://amzn.to/2e9YSVO

Mini Metal Lathe - http://amzn.to/2e9W5Md

Expanding Ring Mandrel
Sand paper (400, 800, 1000, 4000grit)
Polishing compound - http://amzn.to/2ea57ZC

Ferric chloride (etching solution) - http://amzn.to/2dYSohb

Step 2: Cutting the Proper Size Piece.

This piece of meteorite made mostly out of iron. And it's much harder than I thought it's would be. I used my jewelry saw to cut out the proper size piece for the ring. It took me quite a while to do. Next time I would use a hack saw or an angle grinder with a cutting disk.

Step 3: Drilling a Hole.

I used a centre punch to mark a hole for the drilling. With a cutting oil I start drilling the pice out to fit on the bolt mandrel.

Step 4: Shaping the Ring.

I used my Sherline mini lathe to shape the metal piece in to the ring shape.

Step 5: Finishing the Shape.

Then I got the ring size and thickens right, I mount it on the expandable mandril to make facets and do the initial polishing. Working thought 400 to 1000 grit sand paper mounted on a flat part of a chisel.

Step 6: Polishing.

To do the final polish I've used diamond powder buffing compound and a piece of cloth. I put some polishing compound on a wooden rod to polish the ring from the inside. I polished the edges on a flat surface using 1000 - 4000grit sand paper.

Step 7: Etching.

To reveal the internal crystal structure of the metal I dipped the ring in to the ferric chloride solution for a few seconds. Ferric chloride is a metal etching liquid. It acts as an acid so be very careful around it.

Step 8: Final Result.

Here is the final result. I think wearing a piece of rock from out of space as a ring is awesome. According to my friends it's a best wedding band ever =))

Step 9: Video.

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Comments

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RushFan (author)2017-04-20

I like it! Of course I'm overlooking the fact that my entire hand will rot and fall off by sundown, if you believe some of the comments. In any case, nice design and really good work.

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PardoByNight (author)2017-04-17

This is really awesome!

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Gökhan Türkeli (author)2016-12-23

What is the name of the machine you used to shape the meteorite?

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ProudImperialPatriot (author)2016-11-13

Amazing! Excellent work!!

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ramriot (author)2016-11-04

Seriously people DON'T Do THIS!


The Nickel in an Iron meteorite is a toxic heavy metal, a carcinogen and long term exposure will have health deficits. Also at least 10-20% of the population will upon skin exposure to Nickel develop an allergic reaction to a lesser or greater degree

That said, I & my wife both wear meteorite wedding rings, our rings though are gold bands (yellow & white) on the skin facing side with the meteorite inlaid on the outside which keeps it away from skin contact.

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Kiteman (author)ramriot2016-11-11

Day-to-day exposure (such as nickel compounds naturally found in water and food, or the wearing of jewellery) is easily dealt with by the kidneys - nickel does not accumulate like lead, and most orally-consumed nickel does not even enter the blood-stream, but is passed out with all the other solid wastes.

Carcinogenic or toxic effects only occur with large doses or daily exposure to nickel compounds.

I don't know where you got your sensitivity data - ~22% of Americans have contact dermatitis, but that includes all triggers, not just nickel.

TL:DR; Awesome ring. If it makes your finger itchy, varnish the inside.

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dmills3 (author)ramriot2016-11-06

What about the outside of the ring that touches your two neighboring fingers?

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MoniqueGoosen (author)2016-11-02

Absolutely love it! We're getting married next year and would like these in matching rings. Please could you tell us what sort of size and depth your piece was, and the type of meteorite?

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leavitt270 (author)2016-11-02

Try acid etching to bring out the crystalline structure of the iron and then clear coat

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leavitt270 (author)leavitt2702016-11-02

Never mind I finally read the last of the post

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tonyhill (author)2016-11-02

You stated that the material is mostly iron, so what about rust from sweat or other moisture?

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robopancake (author)2016-11-02

Wow wow wow wow!

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BoltLoose (author)2016-11-02

How would you reshape it to make it into a comfort band

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LooseNut (author)2016-11-02

Amazing, I never commented on an Instructable before but this is such a gorgeous idea well done.

I'm making wedding rings for friends next next year and had pretty much decided on Damascus for the ring material but now this has me rethinking my plan....

Thanks again for a superb Instructable.

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JohnAMathias (author)2016-11-01

Looks amazing, something I think I will definitely have a go at when I've got more time. Who is the music by and what is it called?

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zaphodd42 (author)JohnAMathias2016-11-01

White noise (Ella Vos).

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PalletM (author)2016-11-01

A wedding ring is such a great use of such old material. A piece of the Gibeon meteorite
was machined into a pair of 1911 45 cal pistols. Only $4.5 million for
the pair.
http://robbreport.com/sports-leisure/behold-45-million-one-kind-meteorite-handguns-video-exclusive-photos

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mikecz (author)2016-11-01

THAT is one crazy fine piece of work!

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TK Trooper (author)2016-11-01

QUite possible one of the best and most unique instructables i have come across. Very interesting, well described and a beautiful result. Congratulations to you sir and thank you for sharing your idea and process

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Zaacharia (author)2016-11-01

You bought your meteorite already sliced, is that correct? I have a couple of small, whole meteorites that I was going have made into wedding bands but I could never come up with a way to keep the original surface - any ideas? They are small, finger-joint sized.

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Anew96 (author)2016-11-01

You have made a truly amazing ring. One bit of advice if you make another is to dilute the Ferric chloride down so that it works slower, this lets you control the amount of etching that occurs.

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gilbequick (author)2016-10-28

That's killer. Any issues with rust???

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inspiretomake (author)gilbequick2016-11-01

No problems with rust

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I am also interested in a possible ring to purchase

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zaphodd42 (author)2016-11-01

I think I'll have to add this to my hobby list! Amazing video! (I even downloaded the song for future listening.) And thanks for teaching me about meteorite etching. I have a few in a case from which I'd love to develop the Widmanstatten patterens more. Great work, I cant wait to check out your channel.

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MooCowandPinkie (author)2016-11-01

Wow, great job. What a unique ring! Would you be willing to make one for my husband for sale? Tmartin201161@gmail.com

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Anirudh Ralhan (author)2016-10-28

THAT'S SO COOL!!

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What did the meteorite cost you??

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around 100 bucks

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sgralla (author)2016-11-01

Your amazon links all point to clamps...

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inspiretomake (author)sgralla2016-11-01

Thank you for noticing. I fixed the links.

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Taz-Hood (author)2016-11-01

Brilliant! Sometime down the line you may want to consider re-shaping it into a "comfort" band contour, which is less likely to catch on things and easier on the finger in the long run. And as for questions about rust, once it is etched and cleaned, you always have the option of coating it in a clear-coat (is there such a thing as clear epoxy?), both to prevent oxidation and to help prevent chipping and breaking, although chipping seems extremely unlikely with all the cutting you have already accomplished to make it into a ring. Keep in mind that as you get older you will not be able to remove the ring from your finger, so a "comfort" profile is nice to have. (I haven't been able to remove my wedding band for the past 10 years.) I don't know what monetary value you would put on such a ring, but I'd estimate about $5,000. Thank you so much for taking us through the process, and congratulations on your engagement! You'll be wearing a ring that is literally billions of years old. Very few men can say that (women get to wear diamonds, after all).

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inspiretomake (author)Taz-Hood2016-11-01

Thanks, I reshaped the inside for a more comfortable contour. It feels much better now

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Bristlebrog (author)2016-10-31

As it is iron, it will rust quickly, right ?

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Wearing it for a few month already, don't have any problems with rust

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bigdaddycole (author)2016-10-31

Cool Instructable! I like the etched finish.

All your links are going to the same clamp under the tools section. Just FYI.

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Thank you for noticing. I fix it! =)

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Laral (author)2016-11-01

Looks great. I'm glad you etched the final product. The thumbnail of the video shows it unetched, which implies that you didn't. I suggest that you add a custom thumbnail, showing the etched finish.

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PrincessPug10 (author)2016-11-01

woah woah WOOAAHH

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RzeroD (author)2016-11-01

Awesome!!

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seatonlj (author)2016-11-01

Very cool. I am really impressed.

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John T MacF Mood (author)2016-11-01

Nice idea, and it will be quite durable.

Check out this meteorite cutlery video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x0f2b_0kn0

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GregoryL20 (author)2016-11-01

I've been looking at meteorites on Ebay just last week! And knives made out of meteorite. What a great project idea!

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lfoss (author)2016-11-01

Very (very) cool!!

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muadibe (author)2016-10-31

Fantastic.

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Vivek Karwasra (author)2016-10-29

wow that's cool

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offseid (author)2016-10-28

I so love this!

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arcaneone55 (author)2016-10-28

That must mean...your love is out of this world.

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BrianO54 (author)2016-10-28

I love this

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hugheswho (author)2016-10-28

Great idea. Great instructable.

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