SO My partner and I have our second anniversary coming up in about two months, and I want to propose to them (possibly not on the anniversary itself, but sometime in the near future for sure). They're not a fan of wearing rings, so I thought that something a bit less traditional like a pendant necklace would be better. And, even though I'm aromantic, I'm still A Romantic, so I want to get something specifically personalised that carries meaning for some of the important parts of our relationship. Soo... I figured, why not a floating locket? That way I can pick and choose the charms, and it'll all be contained instead of anything risking getting caught on something. ...but apparently the only floating lockets I can really find online are very glitzy, feminine (which is a No because of dysphoria), and the charms tend to either be very low quality or nothing like what I'm looking for, or both. Looks like I'm gonna be assembling this thing from a bunch of odd sources then! I've found this place which can 3D print jewellery, it's a chunk more expensive than pre-made charms (approx. £8 per charm in sterling sliver, more if I go for other metals, plus another £7.70-ish for shipping), but it means I'd be guaranteed something unique, if only I was any damn good at 3D modelling. (If anyone here *is* good at 3D modelling and I wind up going down this route? I will absolutely commission you, feel free to leave a message on this thread if you'd be up for it) The second option in regards to charms is to go down the Etsy rabbit hole, which has the potential to turn up some really good stuff? But has the downside of likely needing to order charms from a whole bunch of different sellers, which means higher risk of something important getting lost in the mail. Third option is I make the charms myself. Not.. sure... how?? I mean I've done some jewellery-making before, but that was beads and pins and string rather than outright building a charm from scratch. If anyone has ideas here, please let me know. Next thing to worry about is the actual locket. I could just buy a plain metal one online? That'd certainly be the easiest route, and there's plenty of places to buy it from. A simple stainless steel or silver one without any decoration on it would be neutral-looking enough, and I could find a leather cord or similar to use as the string. But... I've also kinda got my heart set on a wood frame? Something more rounded and down-to-earth than the shiny metal containers online. Again though, I don't know where I'd get it. I suppose I could try carving it myself? I've never really worked with wood before, but I learn quick, and it'd be a simple enough design, I guess. The other option is to commission someone who *does* know their way around woodcarving, which would result in a higher-quality pendant, but also I'm not sure how much it'd cost. I'm not even going to *start* on where the hell I'd get the glass for it just yet. Anyway! Gonna post this then vanish, because my partner will be home soon and I don't want to risk them seeing this and ruining the surprise. If you've got thoughts or ideas I'd love to hear them, else I'll use this thread to just keep track of where I am in terms of making this thing.