Do you ever have those days when the harder you try, the worse the photos seem to come out? Well yesterday was one of those days.It was also...
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Clockwork burst heart
I've done a couple of these now. It's pretty straight forward. All I did was hand hammer out a brass heart.You have to anneal it half way through, or whenever the metal becomes too hard from hammering.I then used a jewellers saw to cut out the shape out of the middle of the heart and curl the metal back. You have to do a fair bit of smoothing to make sure there is nothing rough or scratchy. I mainly use a stiff wire brush mounted in my bench grinder (Safety glasses!!)
The clockworks are a complete watch movement.Quite a nice one, you can see several of the purplish jewel bearings.It was a bit tricky getting it to fit neatly in the back.I used a grinder to round off the edges of the watch movement to make it fit better and then glued it in there using a special epoxy designed for joining metals.I also glued a little brass disk on the back to neaten the appearance from behind.