Saturday, February 02, 2013

Clock Tears...

The origin of these pendants came from an odd and somewhat random thought.  I was looking at various Steampunk art and saw a lot of characters with gears embedded in their eyes.  I wondered what it'd look like if they cried.  Would they be regular saline tears or something... different?

I decided to make, "Clock Tears".  Basically they're layers of resin in teardrop shapes that have watch parts, gold-leaf, and copper screen embedded in them.  When I first popped them out the molds, they were super translucent and very shiny.  With the watch gears, it looked a little too mechanical... a little too slick.  So I made the decision to rough them up a bit.  I used my Dremel tool to carve them down and make them a little more organic.  I also buffed them with different grits of sandpaper (which I got a particularly nasty paper-cut from) to give the pieces a slightly foggy, frosted look.  I wanted them to resemble pieces of amber... except instead of trapped bugs, they're captured gears.  I'm quite pleased with them and will probably but them on bronzy chain necklaces in the shop.

4 comments:

Alicia said...

A beautiful concept: love your 'clock tears'!

CraftyHope said...

These are really cool! Well done, Andrew!

TesoriTrovati said...

Super cool Andrew! I like how your mind works. Those would have been great for my piece "A Clockwork Heart" from a few years ago for the SoftFlex contest. There is a musical group that created a story song about a man who loved his lady so much he made a clockwork autonomaton of her as she was dying so that he could have her forever. These gear tears would have been a great piece to include! Enjoy the day! Erin

Jennifer said...

These are wicked cool. Are you going to have any online?