Clockwork Heart Pendant Necklace





Introduction: Clockwork Heart Pendant Necklace

I was inspired to make this when I was watching TV one day and saw an Ad for a multivitamin for cardiovascular health that showed a heart made of watch gears. The image reminded me of a book that I read a while ago called The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia.  The main character in the novel was a clockwork automaton who needed a key to wind her mechanical heart.  I'm not exactly sure what the heart looked like so this necklace is really just my own interpretation of a clockwork heart (the watch gears don't actually move).

Step 1: What You Will Need

  • a heart shaped stone, or if you don't have one you can create a heart shape with polymer clay
  • various bits of metal and watch parts (watch gears etc.)
  • jewelry wire
  • super glue
  • needle nose pliers
  • (optional) black hobby paint
  • small rhinestones/gemstones
  • chain or cord to hang pendant necklace

Step 2: Watch Plate

I had a small plate from the inside of a watch that fit nicely across the face of the quartz heart.  I applied some black paint and wiped it off with a cloth before it dried to give it an aged/ smokey look.

Step 3: Add Gears

On the larger gear I drew a small keyhole. I then added the other gears around it so that it looks like they are interconnected (like it would actually turn if you cranked the key).  I also added some to the back so that it looks like the gears are inside of the heart.

Step 4: Wire Coil

I wrapped wire into a small coil using a nail and needle nose pliers.(The wire is silvery in colour but once I started wrapping it into a coil it turned a coppery colour -I quite like the effect).  I added another loop to the end of the coil so that you can hang the pendant on a necklace chain/cord.  I then bent the coil into a half heart shape and glued it to the side of the heart.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

I added a few more gears to finish it up as well as a few small gem (glass) stones in the screw holes on the watch plate.  Add the necklace chain/cord and your heart pendant necklace is ready to wear or give as a gift.



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Can you make an instructable for the cardboard robot? it's really cute.

Where can I find a heart shaped stone, do you know?

It's a shame the gears don't move, that would really be great. Nice instructable though.

That's really pretty. Great job :)


I couldn't help but think of the poor Tinman from The Wizard of Oz when I saw this! This is absolutely gorgeous, and amazing work with the photography! What do you use for lighting in your shots?

Also: this should definitely go in the Valentine's Contest.

Thanks for your comment. I use the natural light that comes through my window, it is north facing with a long wall on the east side so that I don't get any direct sunlight (bad news for my plants). I get the best results on sunny days, so in the winter it is a challenge, usually by the time I get home from work there isn't much light left and if it is rainy or overcast it is often too dark. I do have to adjust the brightness/contrast of the photo as it is often too dark.

(I did enter in the Valentine contest, it hasn't been accepted yet)

you should make a instructable on how to make that robot