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Watch Parts Spider No 69

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Clockwork Spider No 69
completed July 16, 2015

Spider No 69 was made completely with recycled watch parts and speaker wire, and is held together with lead free silver bearing solder.

In order to create the legs, many watch stems and band springs 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 few different watch plates, parts and gears.

An assembly made with gears and a watch strap has then been wound with recycled copper speaker wire to act as a spindle abdomen. This spider has pincers of cut plates.

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 69 measures 50mm wide by 50mm front to back by 18mm tall.

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Image details
Image size
1933x2040px 1.59 MB
Make
Panasonic
Model
DMC-GX1
Shutter Speed
10/3200 second
Aperture
F/3.5
Focal Length
14 mm
ISO Speed
160
Date Taken
Jul 16, 2015, 4:09:37 PM
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I'm terrified of spiders, but this looks incredible. 
puka23's avatar
Beautiful work!
sleepyhead12567's avatar
Awesome! Love the wire abdomen! Great idea for spider silk :D 
Michawolf13's avatar
Sylver-Star-Shyne's avatar
I always love your clockwork animals, but this has got to be one of my all time favorites. Your details on this are amazing :meow:
ICANNOTFUCKINGDRAW's avatar
This is really cool. Good job man.
GreyAreaRK1's avatar
Awesome.  Love the wire spool.
Petros-Stefanidis's avatar
Oh man your artworks are not only beautiful but also clever. Using skein (I think this is how you call it) for the back of the spider is a brilliant idea! Bravo!
MysticMcR's avatar
Do you ever make specific types of spider?
beautiful :)
Wrale's avatar
Got I wish I had an acceptable income I would buy one of these in a moment.

I need one!
sed's avatar
AMechanicalMind's avatar
Thanks for looking!
Kalhiki's avatar
Loving the legs and face.
AMechanicalMind's avatar
Thank you very much for the kind words!
BaconPeppa's avatar
This is so cool, must have taken lots of effort
AMechanicalMind's avatar
Thanks so much!  It is tedious, for sure.  But I like the challenge.
False-Promise's avatar
This is really awesome
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