Here’s how I made my fiancé a blinking engagement ring: Build a symbol straight out of Achewood

BLINKY RING:

A DIY engagement ring that blinks the date the author met her fiancé

 

At the end of 2015, 22-year-old Andrew Martin was celebrating the return of his favorite webcomic Achewood, written by Chris Onstad. The surreal story, which had been on indefinite hiatus since 2011, follows a group of friends (three cats, an otter, a couple bears, and a squirrel) dealing with everyday life: anxiety, aimlessness, and the fear of being found wanting.

Its return inspired Martin, a QA Engineer at Dematic Reddwerks in Austin, TX, to revisit a 2007 storyline in which one of the main characters builds an electronic engagement ring and programs it to blink the date he met his girlfriend. Martin decided to make the ring in real life.

…And that led to the Sunday afternoon when I sat down with Martin and built my fiancé a ring of his very own.

Read more on popsci.com here. Pictures also by Janet Jay.