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Watch Parts Butterfly with CD wings (body) :iconamechanicalmind:AMechanicalMind 161 15 Watch Parts Butterfly with CD wings :iconamechanicalmind:AMechanicalMind 688 47 Watch Parts Dragonfly No 23 :iconamechanicalmind:AMechanicalMind 186 7 Watch Parts Heart 'Fragments' :iconamechanicalmind:AMechanicalMind 132 4 Spider 83, WIP process :iconamechanicalmind:AMechanicalMind 59 3 Spider No 82 :iconamechanicalmind:AMechanicalMind 107 3 Spiders No 80 and 82, a size comparison :iconamechanicalmind:AMechanicalMind 127 1 Spider No 82, Blue or Green? :iconamechanicalmind:AMechanicalMind 1,092 100 Thomas (articulated watch parts creature) back :iconamechanicalmind:AMechanicalMind 52 3 Thomas (articulated watch parts creature) :iconamechanicalmind:AMechanicalMind 68 1 Winder (articulated watch parts creature) II :iconamechanicalmind:AMechanicalMind 63 2 Winder (articulated watch parts creature) :iconamechanicalmind:AMechanicalMind 54 2 Spider No 81 and Web (close) :iconamechanicalmind:AMechanicalMind 279 13 Spider No 81 and Web :iconamechanicalmind:AMechanicalMind 159 7 Victor and Winder, Watch Parts Creatures (II) :iconamechanicalmind:AMechanicalMind 44 6 Articulated Watch Parts Creature 'Winder' :iconamechanicalmind:AMechanicalMind 59 0
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Watch Parts Dragonfly No 23

Dragonfly No 23
Completed January 26, 2017

This is a one of a kind, handmade clockwork Dragonfly made from the recycled parts of old watches.

His wings are made from antique silver and gold toned watch dials that have been cut, sanded, and curved into wing shapes, along with a balance wheel and gear for both structure and embellishment.

His legs were created with many different watch winding stems that have been cut into various sizes and soldered at the leg joints using silver bearing solder.

His body is a couple of watch plates and balance wheels soldered to a strap string at the thorax.

His head is a cut, sanded and shaped watch dial to which is soldered two identical winding stem knobs for eyes.

He alights on a model railroad track base that has been curved and soldered and that acts as a stand.

There is no glue or resin to be found in the piece...everything is soldered into place with metal. This is a one of a kind work of art, never to be exactly reproduced.

His dimension are 81mm wide, 62mm front to back, 74mm tall. He is extremely fragile and should be handled sparingly and very gently, and is most definitely not a toy.

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Watch Parts Heart 'Fragments'

Fragments is an organic metal sculpture created with many different parts taken from old and disused watches. Her parts include brass watch train gears, balance wheels, cogs, and other recycled watch parts Her outer structure is not premade by an outside company, but assembled from scratch out of watch winding gears and balance wheels. On top of this structure is soldered many different brass gears. A watch face has been cut to seem shattered and then soldered on top of the gears. Glue is never, ever used--these pieces are soldered with lead free silver bearing solder for maximum quality and lifespan. Fragments is one of a kind, and will never, ever be reproduced exactly.

Fragments is 24mm wide by 24mm tall and comes on a premium 18" gold filled cable chain with links measuring 1.5mm and connected with a ring clasp.

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Justin Gershenson-Gates
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United States
Chicago, IL I am Justin Gershenson-Gates, the thinker and assembler behind A Mechanical Mind. The grandson of a railroad man, the son of a gearhead, my life has been filled with all things mechanical. As a child, I would take my toys apart in order to see how they worked, but was never able to put them back together again. Now, I take dead old watches from the top drawers of the world, and rearrange their bits and widgets into whimsical designs.

My aim is to show the beauty of the mechanical world, a place generally hidden from the public behind metal and glass. My pieces display the more delicate and ephemeral side of gears, rather than the cold, hard factory feel they normally portray. Please contact me at or with any questions you may have.

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Silversname Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am really impressed by your work. Such detail and delicacy....  
Even the pictures of it are amazing! 
Thank you for taking the time to share it properly. It is really appreciated the quality and settings of the pictures: they tell a story for themselves!! Heart 
I will love to watch a short film played by your 'creatures'. They all look intriguing Meow :3 
yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Very pleased you have joined the group, be assured that all your submissions will be accepted. Your work is impressive.
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much for having me!
yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
TorQueSS Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  New Deviant
Amazingly elegant, extremely beautiful
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for looking!
ActiveDenialSystem Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I really like your stuff!
B3for3Y3t4ft3r Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I love your work! I would by a watch part creature if it was for sale!
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!  Everything I do is for sale (or has sold, that is). 

Thank you for looking!
Wolven6 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Student Writer
Absolutely Incredible sir!!!
Keep up this amazing work!
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