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I got the idea to make this from the movie The Illusionist, I was very intrigued as to how something like this could be made. As i count really find a set of easy instructions to make one of these, i decided to make my own. I took a lot of pics , but towards the end i kinda forgot to, but im sure it'll easy enough to make. 

This is quite a difficult project, but thats only because everything is so small . I myself have very little experience and thats why the finished product isn't exactly what i expected.
Just follow the pictures and you'll be fine.

For those of of you who havent watched the Illusionist, here is the clip showing the locket in action:

Ok, let's get  started !

A couple of things you'll need:
-Tools and machinery 
   -A drill press
   -A grinder 
   -Drill bits
   -Foster bits
   -Fret saw
   -Super glue 
   -Wood ( duh )
-And finally Patience (you're going to need a lot of it , if you're a beginner like me :) )

Step 1: The plan

Picture of The plan
My plans for the locket do not involve any magnets.
I made a 3d model so that its easier for all of you.
Take a good look at this picture it shows the left half of the heart, then proceed to the next step.

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themortalphoenix made it!6 months ago

Substantially different from yours. I had no use for the photo cavity so decided to go without it and create the simpler version.
Lacquered Teak. Amazing finish and texture.

Basic idea was from here though!
Thanks a tonn

aisenheim2 years ago
The locket in the movie is actually two lockets which they replace, each rotating around one axis. If it wasn't How would the picture inside be able to stay in middle
Sorry, your wrong.
It is only one locket!
You can buy them here:

I plan on building one!

Different locket than the one in the movie, nice as you can have the two different pictures but the one in the movie only opens when in heart shape.

The split cage center hinge they use on that site would be handy for being able to do the picture without tearing though. In the movie I don't see hwo they managed to not tear the picture with as thin a locket as they used. It would have had to be put in while in heart form. I do agree it was one locket not two though. But am betting the picture wasn't inside during manipulation.

sslaney082 years ago
Where can I buy one of this same design? I want the larger space for a picture that this design has. Love it!
sslaney082 years ago
I Love the Illusionist locket! I would love to make one like this or buy one if i can't. haha What do you think of this version?
aledt2 years ago
Liked this so much I made my own version of this locket inspired by this instructable, here - http://www.instructables.com/id/Illusionists-Heart/
izy252 years ago
i don't understand how the central axis works, where does the refill get glued and how does the nail allow it to spin?
That is crazy! I didn't think that locket would work!
mpanayiotis2 years ago
Im attempting this project as my first ever woodworking project. It took me a few times to read over your plans and understand them but they look like they are going to work just fine. I have acquired four 2mm magnets which I am going to use to secure the locket in place as ones I have seen look slightly 'shaky', hopefully they should secure it. Unfortunately I have no real tools to work with, just a hacksaw and a drill as-well as a clamp so allot of it is going to take a long time sanding etc. Do you have any tips for the creation of the side ward rotation pins using only these tools? I'm thinking of making them from wood and perhaps even using the drill as a make-shift lathe? Many thanks!
carpfluff3 years ago
i really want to make this, but i'd probably ruin it. Why is this so difficult? :(
ealisha3 years ago
i really liked this of urs..its a really nice idea.. :) yeah, im planning to make one this too.. but what i dont understand is the concept of the pen refill and the nail..and you hvnt put up enough pics of the nail n pen refill for me to understand.. i mean i wanted to see a pic of the nail being insertd in the refill and attached to the hearts..
so, could you please show some picture of this .. ??

hpe u reply soon..
ealisha ealisha3 years ago
could you please reply quickly ..?? i really needed help on tht particular part..! so..please reply fast..
kenjiMP3 years ago
Hi Pushan! You seems to be the ONLY one on ALL internet that have done a detailed tutorial for the creation of this wonderful locket! I searched everywhere, so really thank you very much! I finished to read all your instructions and seems to be not extremely hard to do, so i'll definitely try to do it for my girlfriend very soon! :)
I'll probably have more questions for you, but for the moment there is one thing i can't understand: why you do these 2 holes with the fostner bit, and then why you cover them?? I just can't understand the meaning of these two holes.. :/
Thank you very much! hope to receive a reply from you! :)
And happy christmas!
Marco (from London)
Pushan Panda (author)  kenjiMP3 years ago
Hi kenji! yeah thats why i decided to do a detailed tutorial! :)
These holes are slots for the images, so that the image fits in flush.
1melza14 years ago
your idea helped me and i will finsh one soon now
Pushan Panda (author)  1melza13 years ago
thats great would love to see some pictures !
migx3334 years ago
do you have any for sale that arent too pricey?

please contact me on migx333@yahoo.com
i am willing to purchase one. thank you!
Pushan Panda (author)  migx3333 years ago
I'm sorry it takes way too long to build one, making it pricey is the only way :(
jmantelli3 years ago
Where in plans are magnets that hold together???
Pushan Panda (author)  jmantelli3 years ago
yup my plans do not have any magnets in them.
I don't need any. May work better, but works fine as it is.
I did it :D
Thanx for the great tut! I hav mor pixs if any1 wanna c!
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Pushan Panda (author)  FetterChiller3 years ago
wow that is awesome ! and your most welcome ! :)
trekman3 years ago
In step 3 you say use cheep glue... Here is a hint; use Elmer's white glue and glue the locker halves down with a piece of blank paper in between. Use plenty of glue. Apply glue the wood scrap first and place the paper on the glue. Apply a layer of glue onto the paper then place the locket half onto that glue. Place another piece of wood on top of all of this and place some weight onto this sandwich and let dry. When you are all done it will just tale a good tap with a hammer and wood chisel to separate it. The piece of paper will spilt in half and just a little sanding will clean it up and you are move on th the next step.
I can't seem to find a half-hinge here in the Philippines. Do you have an alternative for it? I found pic that placed the hinge at the left side and used only 4 half-hearts..here's the photo:
But how does the right side of the heart hold to the left side if in heart-shape???
where did you find this?
I forgot..I just googled it and I found it :D
Pushan Panda (author)  Ms. Understood4 years ago
This is a wonderful alternative for the half hinge, it does the job and it also looks cool, i can't think of any others
Rentam3 years ago
Pablo84 years ago
About the wax, is it possible to have any problem in the future? I mean, will the heart twist ever wihtout problem? I don't know how long the wax is useful... Thanks
ffsman4 years ago
can you make one for me please? email me at pakistaniking92@yahoo.com
Kralya4 years ago
How can you twist the the 2nd layer if you super glue the refill and push it into both sides of the heart???
Pushan Panda (author)  Kralya4 years ago
Hi Kralya
You only stick the pen refill , the nail inside it is free to rotate
OOOOHHH!!! :-) thanks!!
psemmler4 years ago
Sorry I`m not common with the word "pen refill" what do you mean with it and where can i buy it? It would be awesome if you guys had a german word for it ;)

Best regars
Pushan Panda (author)  psemmler4 years ago
Just about any plastic pipe that has an inner diameter that will fit your nail will work.
mborges4 years ago
hi helpe me
rug4 years ago
nice work, make a metal one
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