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Mar 22, 2013, 6:28:58 PM
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Popper, a mechanical dragonfly creature by AMechanicalMind Popper, a mechanical dragonfly creature by AMechanicalMind
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Popper
created March 23, 2013

Popper was made with recycled watch parts and a christmas 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 lead free, silver bearing solder.

To make the body of Popper, 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 strap springs and stems. The head is made by cutting, sanding and shaping a watch dial, to which eyes made from brass wheels are soldered. A blue christmas light 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.

Popper measures 70mm wide by 44mm front to back by 25mm 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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:iconevaneyreddeman:
EvaneyReddeman Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
This is one of the most beautiful things I've seen! All of your creations are so expressive and lifelike, I expect to see them moving!
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Karo1987 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
it's sooo cute!!!
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MidgarZolom Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This guy is so cool. I love the wings on him. And I've seen lightbulbs used for insect abdomens before, but I've never seen Christmas bulbs used. Too cool!
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JarrodBaker Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Great work
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
What are watch stems?

Awesome work! The details are crazy.
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:iconamechanicalmind:
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Watch stems connect the gears to the outside of the watch. You know that little knob that you turn on a watch? It screws on to a watch stem.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Oh!

Neat!

Thanks
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strik999 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Love it!!
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BrokenHeater Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
absolutly amazing
I love how you made the mid-segment and the head
the eyes look as if it could realy move on it's own
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