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Clockwork Dragonfly No 12 by AMechanicalMind Clockwork Dragonfly No 12 by AMechanicalMind
Dragonfly No 12
Completed May 23, 2014

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

His wings are made from antique green and silver colored watch faces 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 gears 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.

Dimensions: 58mm wide by 63mm tall (bottom of base to eyeball height) by 58mm (base front to back). He comes with a 3" by 4" glass dome with walnut base for display. He is extremely fragile and should be handled sparingly and very gently, and is most definitely not a toy.

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Lalivampony Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
i'd love to get myself one of these but i'd be too afraid i'd brake it.  they look so delicate. 
what would be truly awesome would be a Mobil made with these little guys and the flies...
or a web with based one with spiders and flies... ahhhhh, so many ideas... thank you.
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for such great feedback on these.  They are pretty robust, especially the dragonflies (the "feet" being soldered to both the legs and the stand).  I include a glass display dome just for the fact that they are a bit on the fragile side...I also find that the domes look pretty cool.
Elena-Dio-miu Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
It would be pretty nice if you made that spiecy work (at least to move wings frequently) by setting it going with a key.
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Submitted on
May 23, 2014
Image Size
1.8 MB


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Shutter Speed
10/600 second
Focal Length
16 mm
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Date Taken
May 23, 2014, 4:37:28 PM
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