Thursday, December 29, 2011

Crafting with Clockworks and Watch Parts

Gears, plates, dials and more are still growing in popularity with artisans and crafters of steampunk, trashion, neo-Victorian and beyond. Take a look at some of the basic components and it's easy to see why. Many watch and clock parts are made with beautiful brass that only improves with age, developing a nice patina in addition to the aesthetic charm of their shapes. Steel and aluminum also feature prominently in these components and they age nicely too.

Depending on how the crafter chooses to express him or herself, the possible design combinations range from edgy industrial to sentimental images from the natural world. Watch parts pair well with other mechanical components, but they're also lovely with flower and insect charms. It's this versatility that makes gears - from large clock pieces all the way down to tiny wristwatch wheels - such a popular choice for contemporary designers.

Are you a crafter who works with watch parts? If so, leave a comment and share your thoughts on what makes these pieces so appealing.