Well, I'll tell you... it's something that someone likes, that's also personalized just for that person. In this case it's my girlfriend, but with a little ermaginimanation (say it out loud, it's fun!) this could be the perfect gift for anyone.
Because this one is shiny the picture doesn't really do it justice, or I should say because I'm apparently not good enough at photography to be able to take pictures of shiny things without there being weird shadows the pictures don't do it justice.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Dremel tool with Workstation and flex extension
Multiple sizes of grinding and sanding bits
Sandpaper - coarse and fine
Wood (I buy wood bits by the pound from American Science and Surplus)
Something small and personal to whomever you're making the ring for
Wood stain (I used Golden Pecan)
Clear casting resin and activator
Wood filler (I actually didn't need it this time, but just in case)
Brushes (unless you use spay polyurethane)
Step 2: Start Carving
First I drill out the center and grind to fit with a Dremel.
Next I use the Dremel to make the basic shape.
Then I sand and sand until i have the shape I want, and flatten the top to I have a surface for my custom jewel.
I used a couple of pictures from the Green Lantern Ring, but the only difference on this one is that the face is square instead of round.
Step 3: Jewel Setting
Then a smoothed out the bowl shape I just made with the Dremel and some sandpaper.
Step 4: Extra Designs
I used a small drill bit and my Dremel workstation to drill a pattern of circles. I used a small grinding bit to turn the three holes in the center into a heart shape.
Once again I hand sanded to get everything nice and smooth after drilling.
Step 5: Making the "jewel"
I used a small drop of glue to keep the dried bud in the center of the bowl shape.
I mixed a small amount of casting resin and carefully poured it into the bowl completely covering the bud.
The resin I use is supposed to set quickly, but it was still a little tacky after the recommended time so I just let it sit overnight.
Once it was set I used a small blade to clean up the edges and make sure it stayed round.
Step 6: Finishing
Next I gave it a light sanding, being careful not to scratch the resin.
Gave the whole thing a coat of polyurethane, lightly sanded again, and gave it another coat.
This gives the whole ring a nice shine to it and the stain makes it look much more "golden" than it seems in the picture.