Clockwork Spider No 44
completed January 29, 2014
Spider No 44 was made with recycled watch parts and a red automotive light bulb.
In order to create the legs, watch strap springs were selected in different sizes to simulate the organic appearance of real spiders’ legs, which vary in size and shape between species. Each of these segments is carefully arranged into a leg and soldered at the joints with lead free, silver bearing solder. For added rigidity, watch stems were soldered as supports. Each side of four legs is then soldered together at the base, forming what looks like a claw. The topmost (closest to the body) joints on this spider's legs swivel, so that the legs may be made level upon arrive.
To make the body of the spider, several watch strap springs were soldered together along with a couple of watch plates and a balance bridge. A red automotive light bulb is very carefully removed from its metal base and soldered to the body chassis by its lead wires. Pincers on this spider are made from antique brass watch gears.
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 spider stand properly. All joints are then resoldered for added stiffness.
Spider No 44 measures 68mm wide by 60mm front to back by 27mm tall.
All creations made by A Mechanical Mind are one of a kind, never to be reproduced exactly. All parts are soldered, never glued. This sculpture will come with a 4"x4" glass display dome with walnut display base.
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