I won an auction recently - 12 gorgeous empty antique/vintage pocket watch cases. I wanted to use resin and embed the planets - unfortunately that resulted one of the cases being permanently stuck to a wood board when the resin leaked through a seam. So I thought I’d try something different with this one.
It’s a pretty simple design - the case, two large clock gears and then the brass swedge. All the small planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars are on the inner ring followed by the giants Jupiter and Saturn on the middle ring and finally, Uranus and Neptune on the outer ring. It doesn’t automatically move - no clockwork or electric movement. The glass does come off and the swedge (with the planets) can be gently rotated.
It’s designed to be ornamental but it is robust enough to wear it as a pendant or unique fob piece with the glass crystal on. It’s available in my etsy store.
I’ve been experimenting with new materials so I can build the smallest orrery/solar system model possible. This piece is certainly tiny. The vintage magnifying lense over it hides how truly tiny it is - under half an inch. The smallest planets, Mercury and Venus, are virtually grains of gold and silver sand. Silver tone Earth and copper/rose gold tone Mars are under 1mm using the metric measurements. Jupiter, also in copper/rose gold, is about 2mm. Silver tone Saturn with her rings measure about the same. Uranus in gold and Neptune in silver are just slightly smaller than Jupiter. They are all fixed to a gold tone disk with concentric rings pattern with our star, the sun, at the center.
One-month subscriptions are here, and three-month subscriptions are here. The June theme is “The Stopped Clock.” Signups for June will stay open until May 31 or until all thirty pairs are spoken for, whichever comes first. Let me know if you’ve still got any questions!
Here is a blue Tritium stick sealed in another glass vial secured in silver tone “window” setting. Tritium sticks will glow for 10 to 15 years without the need of “charging” like regular glow in the dark pigment powders. It is currently used in high-end watches, keyrings and gun sights - anything that needs to be seen at night. I decided to go with silver tone components because it complements the blow glow. Just as important as the Tritium is the mechanical looking part it’s hanging from. I was attempting to evoke a geared mechanical pulley assemblage with components found in the hardware store mixed with traditional jewellery findings.
I make in the steampunk genre but I wouldn’t classified as steampunk. To me it’s futuristic with an alien artefact feel to it. If you are interested in buying this you can find it on ebay here.
A bit different than my normal SP designs. I’ve always loved spirit levels - I don’t know why but I had to use this level in a design. As you can see it fluoresces under a black/UV light. It is not glow in the dark. It’s on a black rubber cord. Available in my Etsy Shop.
Apparently using gold plate in hi-end audio equipment sounds better because:
Gold is highly resistant to corrosion or oxidation, so prevents poor connections from those sources.It is also fairly soft, so the mating surfaces deform slightly, increasing contact area to reduce resistance. The gold plating is very thin, so the added resistance from the gold is easily overcome by its other properties.
When I saw this gold plate fuse I just had to use it. It looks like it’s fairly simple but I did have to pop the fuse so the pins went right through. It’s available in my Etsy shop.