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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.