Photo credit: Matt Chalker
At first glance, this appears to be a camera shutter, but twist it open, and you’ll find a diamond ring, or any other surprise you’d like. Matt Chalker spent 50-60 hours making the geeky creation above, which opens / closes like the aperture on a camera, to propose to his photographer girlfriend. “All of the wood is Ipe, the sleeve is machinable brass, the leaves are bronze shim stock, the pins (invisible when assembled) are 0.060″ brass and the cushion is made from some sliced up nerf darts covered in velvet. It works by twisting the sleeve and the bottom wood base,” said Chalker. Continue reading to see the build process from start to finish.