Clockwork Centipede No 1
created August 13, 2013
Centipede No 1 was made with recycled watch parts and soldered with silver bearing solder.
In order to create the ten sets of legs, 60 watch stems were cut in different sizes to simulate the organic appearance of real centipede’s legs, which vary in size and shape between species. Each of these segments was carefully arranged into a leg and soldered at the joints with lead free, silver bearing solder.
To make the body of the centipede, ten bearing assemblies were soldered together using watch pins as support. Sets of legs, two at a time were then soldered to the bearing assembly body. Backbone spikes made from watch stems act as embellishment. The pincers at the end of the body is made from a set of two identical and tiny watch plates.
The head is made from a small watch plate to which is soldered two watch jewels (sapphires) and tiny pincers made from even smaller watch plates. The neck is a winding stem.
After the body is made, the leg assemblies are carefully arranged and attached by soldering. The legs and body are then manipulated in order to make the centipede stand properly. All joints are then resoldered for added stiffness.
Centipede No 1 measures 40mm wide by 63mm front to back by 25mm tall.
All creations made by A Mechanical Mind are one of a kind, never to be reproduced exactly. All parts are soldered, never glued. Each sculpture comes with a 3” wide by 4” tall glass display dome with wooden base. Sculptures are not toys and should be handled sparingly, as their parts are tiny and delicate.
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