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10 October 2006 @ 06:02 pm
In brightest day, in blackest night...  
By the Guardians. Okay, I admit freely to being a geek. However, this is going to be geekly beyond even the norm for me.

For about the past twelve years, I've been looking off and on for a good quality, made-for-wearing Green Lantern ring in the style of probably the most famous GL ever: Hal Jordan. There have been ring replicas made, but rarely are they made to be worn, rather as curios to sit on a shelf. Power rings are not things you let sit on a shelf and collect dust, dammit. I have found a few good quality rings that looked right and that were sturdy enough for everyday wear; the problem with those is the cost. They've been way too expensive for me to manage.

Ali had to go and torment me today with this link to a page detailing how someone actually just sat down and made three power rings, one each of the styles worn by Alan Scott (the original GL of the Justice Society of America), Kyle Rayner (aka Ion, one of several GLs to come from Earth), and naturally, the simple GL logo inset version worn by Hal Jordan.

I have never wanted access to metal-crafting equipment so much in my life. If any of you know someone who could manage to replicate Hal's ring via these instructions, let me know. There shall be a commission, if possible.
 
 
Current Location: Sector 2814
Current Mood: so in total want, right now
Current Music: Smashing Pumpkins - Cherub Rock
 
 
 
Richardxochizlan on October 10th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who once commissioned someone we no longer have dealings with to make the Alan Scott ring for Harlan Ellison. The ring turned out beautifully, and I think I'm more jealous of Ellison owning it that anything else he may possess, talent included. Unfortunately, as I'd rather be slowly tortured for a hundred years in the worst possible ways than ever give that jeweler the chance to make a penny, I can't really help.

When I got my Alan Scott action figure it came with a plastic reproduction of his ring (which, thanks to it being cast in a soft plastic, was able to fit on my gigantic finger). I also have the Hal Jordan ring that was made as a promo years ago. I've always wants to beat the snot out of someone wearing them.
The Bitter Pill With a Fun Candy Coatingmightywombat on October 11th, 2006 01:50 am (UTC)
If you still have that plastic ring, you can probably cast it in plaster and use that as a form to cast a metal one. Alternately, you could get a pre-made band, make a GL logo, whichever one you wanted, and then weld it on. Any competent jeweler should be able to handle it...
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Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on October 11th, 2006 01:55 am (UTC)
Far be it from me to suggest giving more money to a vendor who has pissed you off.

Why'd he have the ring made for Ellison, anyway?

I've had a plastic Power Ring before, made of a rather heavy grade of plastic. It was a nice, solid piece of work. ... and it felt like I was wearing a plastic piece of junk. I've always imagined that a Power Ring would feel either like a solid piece of jade or like metal, depending partly on the design. Rayner's always made me think of a gemstone while Hal's looked like it would feel like metal. Not sure about Alan Scott's. It would make sense that it would be a solid chunk of jade, based on the origin.
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bronxelf_ag001 on October 10th, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
murnkay wears one. I have no idea where he got it, though.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on October 11th, 2006 12:59 am (UTC)
I'd love to see a picture of that one, and to know from whence it came.

The finished versions pictured on that page are just so... perfect. They make me think that, if I could just find a matching lantern and say the Oath, I'd have a charged ring, you know? :)
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Jon Reidcrossfire on October 10th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
OMG WANT!

I don't have access to this sort of equipment, but I know someone who does...
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on October 11th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm suffering from a great deal of envy of the person who got those rings.

If you know someone who could create those rings, I'd love to talk about commissioning a set or even just the Hal Jordan ring.
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Meriadocfondor on October 11th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
Hmm?
On the battery front, you could use two 521sw batteries, (about 5mm across and 2 mm thick. These would fit easily under the cap of most rings. There are green led's that are about 3 mm in diameter and maybe 4-5 mm long that would provide a decent light. If you moulded the top of the ring out of lexan and mounted these pieces behind it. Making a pressure switch out of one side of the ring so it lit up when the hand was flexed wouldn't be too difficult. You could frame out the ring in gold or bronze (does it conduct?) and use it as part of the circuit to reduce the wiring.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on October 11th, 2006 12:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmm?
Reduction of wiring is good; anything that means less parts, less wiring is a higher efficiency. I'm still somewhat stuck on keeping the entire ring green, however. If the whole ring doesn't need to glow, one could use anodized metal for the base and a Lexan or Laminar cap for the logo area.
siliconshaman on October 11th, 2006 08:08 am (UTC)
Hmm, you could try talking to czarina69, she's a professional jewller, and I swear that would not be the geekist thing she'd ever made [even with the light up bits!]
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on October 11th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)
If no one else pans out, I will. I've got several leads at the moment on getting something like this done. Depending on who and the details, I'll be sure to share the results in my journal, of course. From the comments I'm seeing, it seems there's a lot of interest in having a Power Ring. ;)
Gramalkingramalkin on October 11th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
There's a guy here in Denton that does custom work pretty cheap. He made my wedding ring to my specifications for a lot less than anyone else asked for ($350 when everyone else was quoting near $1000). The place is called Jewelry by Meza, and is a hispanic family establishment.

He does good work.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on October 11th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recommendation. I'll have to check him out.
akbill on October 13th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
immigrant song
i know nothing about metal crafting, but i do know that it has been a seriously long time and many emails rejected before i could get something to you trav. if you dont recognize, this is your old friend zeb. good to see you again.wh
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on October 13th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: immigrant song
Heh, I guessed who you were from the LJ username. How's life treating you, Bill? I heard a thing or two from Craig in email this morning; sounds like you've got a good life going on up there in the cold.
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