Introduction: Redneck Diamond Ring

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Bubba has been shopping for a diamond ring because he is going to propose to Peggy Sue. Disappointed with the selections of rings available,  he decided to hunt for his own diamond and make a very special ring for his little darling. He knew he would have to go traveling to a different state, bringing his own camping gear, rifle, hound dogs, special drinks, and everything needed to camp out in the desert for several days. He was sure he would find his sugar the very best diamond and he knew right where to look! 

This instructable will show how to put a humorous twist to your proposal. It is also a great idea for those people who have everything they need, just change the story. Where Bubba traveled to find a genuine Pecos Valley diamond  . . . how he made Peggy Sue's wedding ring and some of the experiences he went through to accomplish his mission "Peggy Sue's Special diamond".
 


Step 1: Camping Supplies

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Most of the supplies you will be needing are already on your redneck vehicle depending on which one of the 10 you will be driving.
You may stay at the 5 star redneck hotel: http://www.ratestogo.com/blog/ever-wondered-what-a-redneck-mansion-would-look-like/  go a camping out at the Rock House Ranch, in the pick up truck, or hunker down at the Stage Coach Inn which was built around the early 1900's. 
Map
3 dogs
Double barral shootgun
Party drinks
Hunting knife
Big pockets
Cooking pot
Deck of playing cards
Favorite chair
Guitar 

Information about Pecos Valley Diamonds here: http://geoinfo.nmt.edu/publications/periodicals/nmg/downloads/25/n3/nmg_v25_n3_p63.pdf



 

Step 2: First Night Camping Out

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Bubba finally arrived at the Pecos Valley area where he planned on looking for the special diamond. He decided to stay at the Stage Coach Inn. He unloaded all the things he needed to hunt game, make a fire, cook supper , take a bath and hunker down for the night.

He went hunting!
Made a cow pie fire.
 Made a pot of possum stew for supper.
Ate supper.
He went looking for a yucca plant.
Made himself some special yucca soap by trimming off some yucca leaves and making a yucca scrubber.
Went swimming in the Pecos to take a bath.

Invited his desert friends over for a friendly hand of poker.
Bubba being a perfect southern gentleman offered his poker buddies a can of their favorite Budweiser beer.
They played cards into the night and were tuckered to the bone, so the last hand call was announced.
His friends left. . . .  .
Bubba practiced his " Peggy Sue will you marry me line and dozed off.


Step 3: First Day

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Bubba hurried through breakfast and headed off to the Rock House Ranch to borrow a horse.
He picked a horse with a ? mark on his head because he wondered what Peggy's answer would be and rode off into the desert!
He road until he spotted an area that looked good to check out.
He stepped off his horse and to his amazement right before his eyes he found his first genuine 
Pecos Valley diamond!
It was exciting!
He examined it closely and decided to look for more because if he lost it how could he ever replace it?
Then he spotted another one!
He continued until he found a whole bunch of Genuine Pecos Valley diamonds.
He even found a couple of heart shaped rocks to make Peggy Sue an engagement ring!
He headed back to the ranch to return the horse and arrived at the inn.
He hid a few of the diamonds in various places  just in case something happened. After all you don't keep all your eggs in one basket.
Ate supper.
Went swimming!

Step 4: First Night

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Bubba was awful tired when he got back at the inn, so he invited his friends over for another friendly hand of poker to relax before practicing his wedding proposal.
They played into the night again.
Last hand and Bubba had a handful of hearts! He just knew it was "his sign" to go all in!
Poor Bubba . . . . 1 card in the deck that could beat him and Earl had it!
Bubba even lost one of Peggy Sue's heart rocks!
It was a good thing he saved a few diamonds in case of situations like this.
This would be his last night at the inn before heading back home, where he will clean his diamond stash and make Peggy Sue's Wedding ring.
He practiced his wedding proposal line.
It was cold so he had a 3 dog night ( that is a rednecks way of staying warm.) Sleeping with 3 dogs keeps a redneck very warm!

Step 5: Supplies for Diamond Ring

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Pecos Valley Diamonds
Rubber gloves
Bar keepers friend or Wood Bleach at your own risk! It is an acid!
Genuine sterling silver spoon or a stainless steel ring 
Glue suitable for metal 
Old pan
Scrub brush
Water
2 Pair of  pliers 
File 
Plastic container
Plastic long handled ladle
Rubber gloves and a mask (not shown) 
Pretty box for the wedding ring 

 

Step 6: Clean the Diamonds

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Read the directions on the Wood bleach jar.
Clean the diamonds with a good household cleaner or dish soap and a scrub brush.
Or at your own risk use Wood bleach. Wood bleach is a very bad acid! 
It helps to heat the water in a pan until it begins to boil.
Then take the pan outside and dump the hot water into a plastic container.
It is important to be in a well ventilated area.
Put on gloves and a mask for protection. 
Then add Barkeepers friend or (Wood bleach).
Stir.
Let set in this solution for a couple of days In a perfectly well marked (Poison) container safe from pets and people and in a  well ventilated area.
Rinse diamonds with clean water.

I broke down and washed the diamonds with Wood bleach. It helped but they still have some type of mineral deposit and a little iron left so I am not sure what to use on them. I was aiming for a more clear diamond look. After using the Bleach bath and rinsing the diamonds thoroughly I heated a pan of water and added the diamonds. I heated them on a low heat for a couple of hours. this removed more unwanted minerals you can see on the left are the cleaned diamonds and on the right are the diamonds like I found them. 


Step 7: Bending the Spoon

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Bubba's diamond was so huge he had to make a double finger wedding band!

Cut off the large end of the spoon.
Bend into shape.
File down the sharp edge.
 

Step 8: Glue Genuine Pecos Valley Diamond to Band

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Glue the Pecos Valley Diamond to the wedding band.

Step 9: Sunshiine"s Final Thoughts

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Bubba proposed and the wedding is on! Peggy Sue is getting married! The wedding is February 14th 2013, 10 am  at the Stage Coach Inn. Reception following at the Home Stead Ranch! Plenty of moonshine will be served! They decided to have it there for sentimental reasons! Her engagement ring was the heart shaped rock glued to the genuine sterling silver spoon. 

Seriously the Pecos Valley diamond is a real diamond but not in the way you think.
It is a quartz stone. It sparkles when it is very clean. I could not get it to sparkle for the picture so I did a trick redneck style. I sprinkled sugar glitter over the diamond and it did the trick. 
Now go find you one and make a genuine Pecos Valley Diamond ring! 
 
I wish to thank Instructables, our sponsors, and all of you wonderful readers for making this community a great place to share!

sunshiine

Comments

waggy101 (author)2014-01-25

Love it

sunshiine (author)waggy1012014-02-04

Thanks.

mclare50 (author)2013-03-26

Have a sweet day yourself! And yes, laughter is the ONLY medicine to me!!!!!!!

mclare50 (author)2013-03-26

Thanks so much!!!!! I'm sick and every time there's a comment from you, I feel much better! Thanks for making my day!!!!!!

sunshiine (author)mclare502013-03-26

I hope you get to feeling much better! Laughter does good, like medicine! But you probably already knew that! I am looking forward to seeing more of your instructables.
sunshiine

mclare50 (author)2013-03-26

Aww, why thank you! It's my birthday today and you made my day!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

sunshiine (author)mclare502013-03-26

A birthday girl! Happy birthday! I hope your special day shines!
sunshiine

mclare50 (author)2013-03-25

I am really blessed to know someone like you sunshiine, thank you so much. You make my day!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a beautimous day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) mclare50

sunshiine (author)mclare502013-03-25

Thank you! I am blessed to know you! Beautimous! I like that! You have a beautimous day also!

mclare50 (author)2013-03-25

Thanks you so much! I really appreciate it. I think you would look lovely with one. Let me know if you get one!!!! :) mclare50

sunshiine (author)mclare502013-03-25

What a sweet thing to say. I will keep an eye out for them!

mclare50 (author)2013-03-24

Sunshiine, do you happen to have an Alex and Ani bracelet?

sunshiine (author)mclare502013-03-24

No, actually I don't. I have never heard of them until I saw yours. Yours is very pretty and you did a great job explaining how to clean them! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
sunshiine

mclare50 (author)2013-03-22

This is super funny! Great job!

sunshiine (author)mclare502013-03-23

Thanks! Have a super day!
sunshiine

cdawisconsin (author)2013-03-06

This is absolutely hysterical and yet really a great ring =)

sunshiine (author)cdawisconsin2013-03-06

Aw thanks! I thought it was funny also but it was not so popular! Thanks for stopping by and do have a splendorous day!
sunshiine

annieannie (author)2013-01-21

Omg I laughed so hard!!!! I am rep inning this to Pinterest because the story alone deserves many laughs!!! You did a great job hahaha

sunshiine (author)annieannie2013-01-21

Thanks so much for your comment and for the repin! I hope you have an extraordinary week!
sunshiine

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-01-17

Fun :) How come this one isn't entered into the Gifts contest???

It is now : >

onrust (author)2013-01-17

cool photos. I really dig the rocking chair with a tractor seat.

sunshiine (author)onrust2013-01-17

I liked that one also! Thanks for commenting!
sunshiine

theeoddname (author)2013-01-16

This is really Cute!

sunshiine (author)theeoddname2013-01-16

Thanks! Have a splendid day!
sunshiine

masynmachien (author)2013-01-15

Great!

I was expecting a vampire showing up, but then came across the silver spoon (Have been watching to much of a particular series I guess).

Voted

sunshiine (author)masynmachien2013-01-15

LOL! Thanks for voting, stopping by, and commenting! Hope your day shines!
sunshiine

thematthatter (author)2013-01-14

bud light? someone's child support check must have came in!

I thought rednecks drank Busch light or keystone.

sunshiine (author)thematthatter2013-01-14

I would not know, I just needed some beer cans for the picture and found these on the side of the road. LOL. I don't drink beer. I read they drink what ever is available! Thanks for stopping by and have a nice day!
sunshiine

flyingpuppy (author)2013-01-12

Y'all should sell 'em rings!

sunshiine (author)flyingpuppy2013-01-12

LOL! That jist might be the thin to do! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
sunshiine

Carol at Natures Sol (author)2013-01-12

Informative, entertaining, and downright FUNNY! I have been "in" jewelry for years and never heard of this. I wonder if a rock tumbler would've helped with the shine? You should try to sell these - novelty/yet real items can start a new trend! Thanks for my morning chuckle.

Thank you! The quartz has points that are very attractive. I would think a tumbler would round them off and reduce the sparkle! I am still working with them to remove the mineral residue. The problem is I really did not want to use chemicals but will probably resort to it to make them more attractive. They sparkle in the sun but I could not hold the diamond and move it to achieve the sparkle while taking the picture. I will make another instructable when I have accomplished this! Thanks for commenting and have a lovely day!
sunshiine

M.C. Langer (author)2013-01-11

Awesome instructable!! Thanks for sharing!

sunshiine (author)M.C. Langer2013-01-11

Thanks MC! Have nice weekend.
sunshiine

sabu.dawdy (author)2013-01-11

this is amazing

sunshiine (author)sabu.dawdy2013-01-11

Thank you! It was a fun instructable to make. Have a splendorous day!
sunshiine

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