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Mechanical Mantis No 21 (II) by AMechanicalMind Mechanical Mantis No 21 (II) by AMechanicalMind

Mantis No 21
Completed 5.9.14

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 green Christmas light bulb.

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

His head is made from a black 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.

The head and arms swivel on this sculpture for different looks.

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 45mm front to back 44mm 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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Brightflare Featured By Owner May 9, 2014   Traditional Artist
Have you ever thought of add antennae? Because it would seem to give each it's own expression, you could bend one and give it a little story for the buyer (not an actual story, just give them more character). I like you stuff, that's all.
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the input!  I have it the past, the main problem being is that I have to ship these guys around the world, and customs inspections being what they are, it's hard enough sometimes for them to get around the world in one piece.  I definitely like the look when I do it.

Here's one from a while back:… 
Brightflare Featured By Owner May 10, 2014   Traditional Artist
I hadn't thought of that, silly me, of course that would be an issue.
He's lovely (she?).
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10/600 second
Focal Length
14 mm
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Date Taken
May 7, 2014, 4:56:59 PM
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