Ring Box, Mark I
I originally started planning something along the lines of a vertical cuckoo clock, but instead of a cuckoo, a platform bearing our rings would pop up. I rapidly an up against my own mechanical limitations, but George had ideas, so I left the inner workings to him, and began to wok on the plan for a Rube Goldberg machine for the outside of the box. We had decided that we would adapt our plans to whatever piece of furniture we found to contain George's mechanism, so I couldn't plan in any detail, but I did want to make sure that the elements of my Rube Goldberg machine were able to be easily re-set. I did a great deal of research, and started planning some ambitious electronic and mechanical elements (lights, a bubble machine, smoke from dry ice, a complex marble run with a winch to bring the marbles back up again, even a bell), when we found out that we had a last-minute change of venue.
Ring Box, Mark II
By this time, we had sourced a cheap (and decrepit) chest of drawers from an op-shop, an amazing steamer that opens like a flower, and a beautiful little brass box, just like these ones, from Hanley Soloway, Sutlers.
George took over the project entirely at this point. The bases of the drawers had to be removed, and the top cut in half to allow it to open upwards, so the whole structure had to be strengthened to compensate, so there was a lot of work involved in getting it to look pretty much exactly the same from the outside.