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The Solitary Oak by AMechanicalMind The Solitary Oak by AMechanicalMind
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The Solitary Oak stands alone in the field by the pond, never visited by the birds that frequent the forests and Shade Trees of the world. All the other Oaks are gone now, cut down long ago by the shipbuilders. His mate was felled years ago for the great ship Tonoglisia, so there will be no acorns to pass along his story to future generations.

He sighs as the wind rustles his leaves.

The Solitary Oak was created from old watches whose gears and parts have been removed, cleaned, and soldered into place using lead free silver bearing solder. His story and inspiration come from that of The Solitary Oak on the campus of NEIU, as well as The Tree That Owns Itself in Athens, Georgia. His parts are from lower to mid twentieth century and include brass gears, balance bridge parts as well as nine tiny watch jewels, most likely rubies or garnets. No glue or resin is ever used in our pieces, just metal solder which is meant to last. All pieces are truly unique, named or numbered, and there will never be two exactly alike. These are not merely watch movements attached to chains, but individual wearable art sculptures designed and hand made by a human being.

The Solitary Oak is 24mm wide by 23mm high and comes on an 18" antiqued silver plated cable chain with links measuring 1.3mm. If you require a longer or shorter chain, this is no problem, as well as the option of an antiqued brass chain. Just let us know your needs in the comments section at checkout. Please contact us with any questions at all using Etsy Conversations.

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Astalo Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Can you tell more about your soldering method?
I have tried to solder similar projects with basic propane torch and silver solder paste, but usually the heat is too much for the smallest brass gears or wrist watch ruby bearings and they will break.
MadScientistsDesigns Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hey Mad! Thanks for're the first person I'm following on here!
Dracoluna Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
I'm not normally into steampunk/mechanical style stuff, but this is absolutely amazing! Very nicely done and I love the way the gears overlap for the foliage.
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I have to admit, I'm not that into steampunk myself. I like the industrial beauty of gears, and circles for that matter. It's interesting just using one form of media just how many things one can get from it. Thanks again for checking it out!
elleira5jewellery Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011   Artisan Crafter
this is simply incredble awesome! i love love love it =)
AMechanicalMind Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank thank thank you! I really appreciate you taking the time to look and comment!
elleira5jewellery Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011   Artisan Crafter
you are very welcome =)
elleira5jewellery Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011   Artisan Crafter
CosmicBeader Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is so gorgeous! I absolutely love it!
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