This guy hand-forged his own wedding ring. OUT OF A METEORITE.

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That's it. Game over. You will never have a wedding ring cooler than that of redditor laporkenstein. Not only did he fashion the band himself, in the formidable fires of... well... his garage — he forged the damn thing out of a chunk of meteorite. (A Gibeon meteorite, to be exact.) Laporkenstein... you, sir, are a DIY luminary.

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All told, laporkenstein says it took him about four days to craft the ring, using "the same techniques employed to make samurai swords" (by which, we assume, he means the layered metalworking techniques similar to those used in the production of Damascus steel). We've picked out a few examples from his series of over 40 pictures documenting the forging process, but you'll definitely want to check out the entire album over on imgur.

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Cutting the meteorite with bandsaw

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The original chunk, showing how it's solid metal

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Meteorite chunk being heated

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Meteorite after having been drawn out into bar

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Sandwich of metal slices after having been tack welded

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Hammering

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The heated bar to be wrapped around mandrel

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Hell yeah, look at that! (Losing heat after being wrapped around mandrel)

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Compressing the ring to fit tight (not easy)

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The final stage before etching

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Final ring after etching and patina

[via reddit]

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tardisblue
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A lot of you seem to have missed the part where this is his OWN ring. I wonder what his intended thinks of marrying a dude who spends so much time on a thing for himself... I'd be a lot more impressed if it was for her, or as madeyouread said, a pair.