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Watch Parts Spider No 47 (III)

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Clockwork Spider No 47
completed February 10, 2014

Spider No 47 was made with recycled watch parts and a red automotive light bulb.

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. A red automotive light bulb is very carefully removed from its metal base and soldered to the body chassis by its lead wires. An antique balance wheel decorates the top of the bulb. 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 47 measures 50mm wide by 49mm 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. This sculpture comes with a 4” 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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Image size
2883x2565px 605.74 KB
Shutter Speed
10/600 second
Focal Length
14 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Feb 19, 2014, 4:00:26 PM
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MrsRemiHobbyist Digital Artist
wow, that looks so neat! xD
Also, I think you mean >blue< automotive light bulb, not red ouo
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AMechanicalMindProfessional Artisan Crafter

Thank you! 

Also, thanks for pointing out the red/blue mistake!  I cut and paste from one like thing to another, and sometimes miss some things.  Much appreciated!

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MrsRemiHobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, I've figured! x3 I really love the work you did there!
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That is so cool.