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« on: February 11, 2011 11:10:38 AM »

{Final Update} These pictures are tons better than before. All the better to introduce you to the adorable family of steamlopods I created over the last week.

These little guys started with the Clocktopus. I wanted to hang something from the bottom of the watch-case, and came up with the idea with movable little tentacles. Putting the watch movement in the case and curling the tentacles was easy. Much harder was making loops for the o-rings and then figuring out how to make little suckers. The suckers were made from opened loops of a necklace chain. They took forever to open without breaking them and then gluing them on was painstaking as well.

Next is Clocktopus JR., who was much easier to put together. I had to grind down the watch movement a bit to get it to sit in backwards like that, but his tentacles were easier to deal with since they were made from much thinner metal which used to be clock hands. No suckers on this one because the tentacles are too small. Also, it had a backing that still fit on once I ground the edges of the movement down so it looks nice and finished.

The Ear-hugger Clocktopi were perhaps the simplest. Those little heart shaped cases came with tassels on them and I just twisted those around to make the tentacles. Some grinding was required here, too. I have no idea what was supposed to go in these things before since they are open on both sides. I popped out the glass on them to make the watch faces and movements clearer to see. Since they hang to the side when worn, you can wear these little dudes face or movement side out.

I made another little monster who was only easier than the first one because I had suffered through the first. I hesitate to call him a clocktopus because his head makes him look more like a squid. So perhaps he is just a steamlopod of some sort. He has the same chain link suckers and is generally similar to the others but I kept the plastic cover on the face of the watch case on this one because it was relatively clear, whereas the others were pretty cloudy.

Here is one of the not-so-bad group photos that is a bit better on detail:

And the final Clocktopus, the swinger:

I call him the swinger because the movement in his head is one of the self-winding kinds, so the half-circle plate will swing as he moves side to side. He is backed, has those most annoying little suckers (this time two different kinds that alternate on each tentacle because I didn't have enough of the same kind of links), and was a bit more obnoxious to make because the watch cover I used was from a pocket watch to I had to figure a way to get a loop in the top. Luckily there was a hole in the movement and I just had to widen the indent on the backing so that it would fit a big enough loop to hold him. I guess I could have made him a pin, but I didn't have any backings with me here. Maybe next one (if I make another, considering how much annoyances I have with these guys!)

I hope you enjoy their adorableness as much as I do! As always, any comments or suggestions welcome.
« Last Edit: February 15, 2011 04:53:00 PM by NightTerrorzChick - Reason: Better photos. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2011 11:54:36 AM »

I WANT ONE! SO cute!

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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2011 12:00:42 PM »

Oh my lord I need one of these! Steampunk and cephalopods are my two favorite things ever!! They look awesome, this rocks!

« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2011 12:16:18 PM »

Thank you guys! I'm trying to make as many of them as possible, and if I can manage to amass a large amount I may be willing to swap or list them up on etsy. I have a Convention coming up in a few months that I need a lot of things to sell at, so I'm being conservative with my items. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks they are precious!

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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2011 03:09:05 PM »

really cool! I love the tentacles and that they have suckers. The hard work made a huge difference!
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2011 08:00:34 AM »

Very clever and creative. Thanks for sharing!


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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2012 04:46:43 AM »

oh i love this idea, very interesting

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« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2012 05:37:22 PM »

These look very pretty! By the way, is that a calculus textbook in the background? lol

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