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Clockwork Spider No 49 by AMechanicalMind Clockwork Spider No 49 by AMechanicalMind
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Clockwork Spider No 49
completed April 8, 2014

Spider No 49 was made with recycled watch parts and recycled electrical cord wire.

In order to create the legs, forty-eight watch stems must be cut 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. Each side of four legs is then soldered together at the base, forming what looks like a claw.

To make the body of the spider, several watch strap springs were soldered together, along with a watch plate, balance wheel and bridge. It's abdomen "spool" was created by joining two brass balance wheels with a cut and shaped watch dial. Recycled electrical cord copper wire was then wrapped around this assembly. A couple antique balance wheels decorate the top and bottom of the abdomen. This spider has pincers of cut and shaped brass 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 49 measures 59mm wide by 59mm front to back by 23mm 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 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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:iconhalupka:
halupka Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
EXTRA !!!
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:iconticklemehoho:
TickleMeHoHo Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Spider drones... Guaranteed the US government is funding them.
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:iconaj-xxiii:
AJ-XXIII Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Awesome
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:icontanice001:
Tanice001 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
That's nuckin futs!
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:iconthekidwithaknife:
THEKIDWITHAKNIFE Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student General Artist
wire spider. He welds like a pro!
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:icontradua:
Tradua Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FRAKKEN BEAUTIFUL
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:iconhuangxueli:
HUANGXUELI Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Awesome!
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:icontallon-1:
Tallon-1 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
O-O epic
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:iconphillsd:
phillsd Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i still hate spiders..... ( that is amazing though :) )
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:iconkiara-michelle:
Kiara-Michelle Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
the web coming out the abdomen is genius, I love this piece!
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:iconjurdgliusi:
JURDGLIUSI Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Web is well done.
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:icontheravensbastard39:
TheRavensBastard39 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
......cool
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:iconsnarkclaw:
Snarkclaw Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this looks incredible.  The design and use of materials is so clever!
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:iconspex9000:
Spex9000 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Is it bad that I am actually jealous of your ability? This is amazing.
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:icondok-fitz:
DOK-FITZ Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
<3!
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:iconamazing-person-yes:
Amazing-person-yes Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow.
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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:iconamazing-person-yes:
Amazing-person-yes Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wish i could make stuff like that :)
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:icontremedar:
tremedar Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Now build one that can move autonomously, build a web, catch and kill flying bugs ;)
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm working on imbuing life as we speak...

Thanks for looking!
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:iconnelson-net:
nelson-net Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
I'm sure that is just a non functional (wonderful) mini sculture, but I can perfectly imagine it walking around on a table. I would like to buy of those.
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!  I like to imagine the same as I'm making these guys.
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:iconnelson-net:
nelson-net Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
:-) :thumbsup:
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:iconitaybia:
itaybia Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
awesome idea with the copper wire as the silk thread
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconludjon:
Ludjon Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't Know If I Should Be Terriefied Or Think It's Awsome.  ?
                                                                                     ('-')
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's not alive (yet), so awesome will do fine!  Thank you for checking it out!
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:iconludjon:
Ludjon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait a minute! Yet? (O.O)hide 
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:iconeraserhead0:
ERASERHEAD0 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Clever.
Splendid work Thumbs Up 
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for looking and commenting!
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:iconpeachgirl13:
peachgirl13 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student Photographer
this is really neat!!!
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much!
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:iconpeachgirl13:
peachgirl13 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student Photographer
You're welcome!!
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:iconembrace-fate:
Embrace-Fate Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the detail on this one. VERY cool.
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!  After shattering three light bulbs trying to make an abdomen as I have for the other spiders, I decided to call it quits and try something new.
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