February 11, 2015

A makers promise

Build, Design

by Kaleb Clark

A few weeks ago I made a promise. I promised the woman that I love that I would spend the rest of my life with her and her amazing little girl and bring them into my life as a family. Not quite a marriage proposal, but a promise. Along with a promise like that comes a ring.

We went shopping to pick out a ring, and she found one that she instantly fell in love with. The ring was purchased and she wanted to wear it immediately, so we went to a 3rd party jeweler to have it sized. Little did we know that her tiny finger was size 4.25. Apparently thats REALLY small. Nobody would do the sizing. In fact, we had to return the ring and have one custom made. This was going to take 6-8 weeks. Unacceptable, we wanted to have a ring on her immediately.

So, what is the makers answer to this dilemma?

“Let me see your hand.”

*Whips out his calipers*


*Sizes ring finger to the hundredths of a millimeter*

“I’ll fix this.”

Quick side note: This woman and I have 10 years of history together. We dated for quite a while 10 years ago and we were both young. It didnt work out for reasons I won’t go into. So, we have been apart for nine years. Thats important.

I grab my laptop, fire up 2d cad application and whip up a very simple ring design. One that has nine sides. I then jump in my car and head to the lab. One smoke color 6.35mm sheet of acrylic + one cad file + one laser cutter = a pair of rings that will hold us over until the custom ring is done.


YouTube video of the actual cut.



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