Introduction: The Ring Locket (Aimed at Men)

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Well, i think the idea of a locket is a great one, a simple little thing that goes everywhere with you, with a few memories to remind you of good times when things are a bit dull.

Problem, men also might have a special someone, or a particular memory they wish to keep near, either when away from home, or at times when things are a little less happy. The problem is, men can not really wear lockets, as a locket is a thing that women normally use.

Thus I introduce the Man Locket.

Based around a ring on a chain, which is something any man can manage to pull off.

Step 1: Find a Suitable Ring.

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For the best results here, a normal deep mens ring is needed. Like the one i used the depth is between 5-10mm.

Obviously, this is a great way to 'up-cycle' an old ring that doesn't fit, or maybe a present that you don't wear.

Whatever the reason, bring an old piece of jewelry back to life.

Step 2: Cutting Circles.

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The main method of construction for this project is cutting circles.

I decided that I wanted the outer sections to be leather, so I cut out some leather circles from some scraps i had.

There are 3 ways you can easily cut out your sections.

  • If your lucky, (like me) find a circular shape(coin) you can cut around thats just right
  • Use the inside of your ring to cut around
  • Measure the ring, and use a compass to cut out circles

Step 3: Further Circles.

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After cutting out my front and back leather sections, I then decided I would have two more sections.

One of my fiance, and one to hold a microSD card.

The first was made by sticking a photo onto some card, and then drawing a little something for the back, the second was made with 3 layers of thin card with a space to hold the microSD card.

I then attached one piece of leather on the back of the microSD holder.

Step 4: Drill or Punch?

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Next we need to make some holes in our sections.

I decided to use ball chain on mine, so i punched out a hole just bigger than my chain.

I used a set of leather hole punches, but one could easily choose the correct sized drill bit and make the holes that way.

Placing one section on top of another helps to get the holes aligned.

Note to bear in mind where the hole sits in regards to the microSD card.

Step 5: Thread and Complete.

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Hopefully your sections should roughly fit the depth of the ring, if not, you can always add a few extra photos just on paper (not mounted on card). To bulk it up.

Thread on your sections, and give it to a friend, or wear it with pride.
The finished article looks very much like a ring on a chain, but with a bit extra.

To add an extra touch, one could put an emblem embossed onto the leather, to show on the outside.

Any suggestions then shout them off in the comments.

This project took me about 30 minutes, and the price is limited by the materials you use.

- gmjhowe


Mellow panda (author)2017-06-25

Awesome I'm going make one using my big brothers ring because it's too huge for my hand

old2new crafter (author)2014-02-14

very cool idea, can't wait to make one !! And it will work perfect w my coin rings !

shelley echtle (author)2013-08-24

good idea, even for women. Imagine how many photos you might put "inside"

thomasporter (author)2011-07-14

I like this one, I'm doing my own version as I type, thanks for the idea!

sashadistan (author)2011-04-20

I used to have that ring you used, ahh nostalgia. This a great project and I think I shall attempt it in the near future, I'll let you know how it goes.
Thanks for a cool idea.

Tomcat94 (author)2011-01-25

Sweet! I'm definitely doing this as soon as I'm done making a ring, maybe like this one...

gmjhowe (author)Tomcat942011-01-26

Sweet! You have to post a picture if you do manage it!

Tomcat94 (author)gmjhowe2011-01-31

I'm afraid the quarter ring might not be "deep" enough of a ring for this project, though. Maybe if I continue to beat it down along the edges, it will eventually get wide enough...

porcupinemamma (author)2010-01-14

Excellent!  Question: do you dismantle the pocket each time you need your SD card?  Is it tricky to take apart and put back together?  Does the leather eventually wear and lose it's ability to fit snugly against the ring, which would cause theSD card to fall out? My finances are really tight, and I'm hoping to make gifts instead of buying them this year.  Your project will be way nicer than a store bought trinket. You are brilliant!!

gmjhowe (author)porcupinemamma2010-01-14

 Its very easy to slide the sections in and out, but I cut the two leather sections so they fit very snug and do not fall out easily. The SD card is easy to get out, but due to the little pocket it sits in, it does not fall out easily.

amakerguy (author)2009-07-19

I tweeted it!

amakerguy (author)2009-07-19

awesome idea!! I love it!

Stew2 (author)2009-06-20

Cool idea! So, the sections just friction fit into the ring? I was just wondering if they would pop out in normal wear or do they stay put? Awesome ible!

gmjhowe (author)Stew22009-06-20

They are pretty tight, i think the softness of the leather helps to hold it in best. Just the card would probably come out.

fordman15243 (author)2009-06-19

I have a ring almost identical to that! Except mine has a differant insert!

chiquitaplatano (author)2009-06-07

how creative!

ebert2011 (author)2009-05-07

You should do more stuff like this to help people who are different...

okoshima (author)2009-04-18

do you now have the urge to sit on a rock, looking at your ring and saying my preciousssss? If so... you may need a special kind of help... Regarding the 'ible... I shall be making one at some point. Keep up the good work

gmjhowe (author)okoshima2009-04-18

Haha, no i have yet to have that urge, i once almost choked on the ring, had to make myself gag to get it back! Be sure to show some pics if you do.

okoshima (author)gmjhowe2009-04-19

lol metal is not food... currently looking for supplies so it will be a few weeks but will definitely show it off here

KentsOkay (author)2009-04-14

Much coolness. If I where you, which I'm not (however that would be terribly interesting if I was, but then it would be rather creepy, two completely different alters in one body it would be fascinating to do a study... y'know I'm just gonna drop that now..), but I'd pop a small eylet in the leather and stuff to keep it from tearing.

gmjhowe (author)KentsOkay2009-04-14

Indeed, something like that might be a good extra.

Lithium Rain (author)2009-04-14

Lol @ the title. The Man Locket! I love it! 5/5 stars and faved.

gmjhowe (author)Lithium Rain2009-04-14

Thanks! the title was almost 'The Man Locket'!

lemonie (author)2009-04-14

I like the way it fits together / comes apart, nice & compact.

(is that sink-plug chain?)


gmjhowe (author)lemonie2009-04-14

Its an old ball chain of some dog tags. The way the sections just fit inside the ring is very pleasing to play with etc.

lemonie (author)gmjhowe2009-04-14

Oh yes, I'd forgotten about dog-tag chain - it goes well. L

Kaiven (author)2009-04-14

Nice. Donig more things for that special one? :P

Kaiven (author)Kaiven2009-04-14

Oh and sorry bout the contest thing.. Hope you got the message that I couldn't do it.

gmjhowe (author)Kaiven2009-04-14

Thats cool, i had to put mine on the back burner either way.

Berkin (author)2009-04-13

Very cool, I like your idea of recycling jewelry in this fashion. Where does one get leather so thick?

gmjhowe (author)Berkin2009-04-14

The thick piece is actually two bits glued back to back. I get most my leather of ebay. Thanks for the comment.

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