Watch set into a single Colombian emerald crystal, circa 1600; the watch is part of the Cheapside Hoard, a cache of jewels and jewelry buried since the Great Fire of London in 1666 and rediscovered in 1912.
I set myself a challenge last year to make an orrery (model of the solar system) to fit under a glass dome that is under an inch wide. There is a pile of rejects on my desk - it took a long time to find the right supplies and construction. The “planets” are half beads resting on a vintage hairspring. They needed to be very light so they didn’t drag the spring down. I would love to have found copper tone half beads for Mars and Jupiter but I couldn’t source any. Saturn does have her ring!
I must stress - nothing moves on this pendant. It is a static representation not a true mechanical orrery. One day I would love to create tiny moving ones. It is sealed under the glass to keep it pristine.
The pendant is 1 ½ inches high and 1 inch wide. The brass faceted cut cable link chain has a fixed drop of 13 inches long (from the pendant to the clasp) for a total length of 26 inches. It has a lobster claw clasp.
I love working with Tritium! It’s exotic and fits with the steampunk ethos and appeals to the mad scientist in me. It’s estimated that Tritium will glow for 10 to 15 years. It glows continuously and does not require “charging” from a light source like glow in the dark items. It’s used in gun sights and watches.
Total of pendant section: 2 ½ inches long x 2 inches at the widest point. Fixed drop chain: From the pendant to the clasp 11 inches long including clasp.
It is designed to be worn high on the body so there is enough room for the vial section to hang. I can alter the chain if required.
Components: Pink/orange tritium vial, glass test tube, brass end cap, brass beads, clock parts, mesh eyelet, triangular brass base, copper tone beads, copper tone “beehive” end caps, brass and silver tubing, brass spring, brass washer, copper cable chain, flat brass arc, copper rolo chain, copper bar connectors, brass pin.