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Mechanical Hornet by AMechanicalMind Mechanical Hornet by AMechanicalMind

created August 5, 2013

Hornet was made with recycled watch parts and an automotive light bulb.

In order to create the legs, eighteen watch stems must be cut in different sizes to simulate the organic appearance of real arthropod 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 silver bearing solder.

To make the body of Hornet, four very small watch plates are soldered together with watch stem posts and brass watch train gears, forming a sort of chassis for the head, bulb, wings, and legs to rest in. The wings are cut and sanded watch faces, attached to the body by watch winding stems. The head is made by cutting, sanding and shaping a watch dial, to which eyes made from brass wheels are soldered. A clear flashlight bulb is very carefully removed from its metal base and soldered to the body chassis by its lead wires.

After the body is made, the leg and wing assemblies are carefully arranged and attached by soldering. The legs and body are then manipulated in order to make the creature stand properly. All joints are then resoldered for added stiffness.

Hornet measures 42mm wide by 49mm front to back by 28mm 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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artlinerscum Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Incredible. Just incredible. You have so many wonderful models, Dont have time to coment them all. But Bloody brilliant. :) I say.
Caprad Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
I think this is a really REALLY nice piece of art! What a brilliant idea to re-use old watchparts. It also reminds me of a tounge-wricker; Three switched witches watch Swatch watch swiches, which switched witch watched which Swatch watch switch? I'm sorry if I miss-spelled anywhere... :-)
pixelatedrgb Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
thanks. love your work.
pixelatedrgb Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
what is your soldering setup? How do you handle parts so small?
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have an adjustable Weller WES51 and use a 1/32" tip.  For handling, I use small weighted clamps, tweezers, fingers, and of all things, Sculpey.
sleepyhead12567 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Love the eyes! :D
XxXXzZ Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This little guy is so cool looking! And thanks for talking about the process you used to make it; it was very interesting!
XerxesTexasToast Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Student General Artist
What a lovely little sculpture!
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August 6, 2013
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10/2000 second
Focal Length
20 mm
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Date Taken
Aug 6, 2013, 9:19:31 AM
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