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Clockwork Mantis No 9 by AMechanicalMind Clockwork Mantis No 9 by AMechanicalMind
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This is a very unique, hand crafted, and realistic mechanical Mantis made from the recycled parts of old watches.

His body is made out of watch strap springs and a blue Christmas light bulb.

His wings are made from antique watch faces that have been cut, sanded, and curved into wing shapes.

His head is made from a watch dial, bent into shape and onto it are soldered winding stem knobs that act as his eyes.

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

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.


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: 26mm wide 47mm front to back 40mm tall 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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:iconanomalisoul:
anomalisoul Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Super crafty! Amazing
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:iconlaurengitis:
Laurengitis Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is one of my favourites

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:iconmac2010:
mac2010 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Always superb!!!
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:iconkhelz:
Khelz Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome.
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:iconotakumudkip:
OtakuMudkip Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Holy snap. From the thumbnail I thought it was a real mantis w/ a blue butt!! Amazing work!!!
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:iconpeichenphilip:
PeichenPhilip Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
My god, beautiful!
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:iconforbiddentouch:
ForbiddenTouch Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice!
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:iconsammyslion:
sammyslion Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Photographer
So..... this should win a dd.
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:iconthebaniprey:
Thebaniprey Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Very cool.
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:iconphantom-spectre:
Phantom-Spectre Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awe! he's cute! X3
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:iconethanfires:
Ethanfires Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Amazing
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:iconmooneyez:
MoonEyez Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow! This is really cute :D *faints from cuteness*
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:iconyo1000:
yo1000 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
awesome
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:iconmissuber:
Missuber Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Interface Designer
this is the coolest thing ive ever seen omg
very, very nice job here
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:iconsupraxchris:
supraXchris Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Cool, what inspired you to make this cool looking mantis
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I've always been enamored with mantes since childhood. After I began making spiders out of watch parts, I though that a shift to doing a mantis wouldn't be to bad. And here we are.
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:iconsupraxchris:
supraXchris Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Interesting, well the final product looks really nice
maybe I should sketch some mantis
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:iconraynierochelle:
RaynieRochelle Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013   General Artist
O.O This is so cool
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconraynierochelle:
RaynieRochelle Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013   General Artist
You's welcome
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:iconbaudelairemanson:
BaudelaireManson Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
death
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know her well and have cheated her for years. We dance, and dance, and she shall have her way with me some day.
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:iconbaudelairemanson:
BaudelaireManson Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ah!
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:iconpokemoniac:
Pokemoniac Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this must be amazaingly complex, how long did it take to build?
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Quite a few hours, all in one sitting. I can never leave something alone. It MUST be finished!
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:iconpokemoniac:
Pokemoniac Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it must take months maybe years to get that good, bravo!
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:iconm0nst3rl0v3:
M0nst3rL0v3 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
You are INCREDIBLE! Gorgeous piece!!!
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! You are pretty incredible yourself.
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:icontebkanlo:
tebkanlo Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
i can just immagine how tiny it is, it must have been a hard work. Wonderful, it really worths the hard time spent :D
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! They are very frustrating...once one thing is put together and heated, another part falls off. Grrr!
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:iconutriv:
utriv Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
This is great! I love it!
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconutriv:
utriv Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
You're welcome!
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:iconkeffer11:
Keffer11 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
These are all so cool! They seem like they would take forever to make! :+fav: I love it! They all went to my favs! :spyedvsjark:
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for all the faves and kind comment! They do take a while, for sure.
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:iconkeffer11:
Keffer11 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
No problem! ^_^
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:iconblacksky959:
Blacksky959 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that awesome! Id love one of those on my desk!
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! They are pretty great to have around just to look at. I've a few on my desk ;)
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:iconradman1919:
Radman1919 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! :jawdrop: Very Nice!
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconforeverbroadway:
foreverbroadway Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist
so Pretty!!! :)
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much!
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:iconforeverbroadway:
foreverbroadway Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist
Your Welcome so much :)
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:iconhanyoureal:
HanYouReal Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Hello. I find this a pretty amazing work of art. I want to reproduce it in 3D for practice purposes and I want to ask for your permission to use it as a model. If i post the result online i will make sure to credit you for the original work and post a link to this picture, Thank you
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