Step 1: Get Your Cr@p Together
20 copper nails
4ft copper wire
1 sheet copper chimney flashing (5x7)
1 1/2 ft copper tubing
3ft steel wire
2 cabinet hinges
2 wind wrist watches
1 wind pocket watch
misc watch parts
1 air relief valve
2 lbs of silver solder
2x 1 3/4 threaded pipes + 4 caps
stuff for decorating, that's right stuff
high and low heat soldering iron
hammer (ball peen would be best but any with a flat face will work)
at least 2 pairs of pliers
small wire cutters
jewelers anvil (comes in handy)
cutting board (i do all soldering over a cutting board with sheet metal under it)
Step 2: Strip the Watches
take the big watch and open the back hinge. i just ripped it off but you can remove the pin and keep it intact. remove the protective piece by unscrewing it. in the front is a seam that will come apart with a little force and release the glass and watch face. (see pic #4). after that you should have something that looks like pic #7. thats what we want.
the wrist watches
remove the watch from its case by spreading the seam. after that pull the back half of the case off. you should have something that looks like pic #9. with pliers a small flat head screwdriver or a pair of small cutters remove the hands with gentle pressure. then you should be left with something that looks like pic #8.
Step 3: Prep the Watches
start with the pocket watch and coil some solder around the case. try to make the coil tight to the case. start soldering the coils together. start in a small section then move around almost like spot welding.continue around until all the coils are fused. don't leave any holes.
start by heating some solder up on your anvil or a flat piece of steel see pic #4. with a hammer firmly but slowly press down on the bead of hot solder and you should have something that looks like pic #6. set the watch in the middle of the solder ring and start building up solder around it.continue building up solder until you have encased the wristwatch.
Step 4: Rise of the Egg
start with the temporary base.
to make the base i melted some solder on a piece of sheet metal see pic #1. then i coiled some more solder with a little upward curve see pic #2. after you smooth out the coils flip it over and connect it to the base. don't go crazy connecting it to the base because we will be removing it later. at this point you should have something that looks like pic #3. smooth the upper part of the base out. the lower part of the base is just to make your egg easier to work with.
top of the egg
wind the solder wire in a tight coil starting from the center working around and down a little each rotation.see pics #4 and #5. after you have your coil start joining and smoothing you can add more solder to the coil at any time pic #6.
bring it together
take the pocket watch and lay it so the parts you want showing is down. flip the base on its side so the top of the base is touching the watch. solder the base to the watch. take the top of the egg and do the same thing. see pic #7.
start adding solder on to the egg. i cut several pieces of solder about 2 in long put them side by side and joined them. it made a solder panel that i then joined to the egg and smoothed. sry no pic of the panel but in pic #8 you can see one that has been joined. join the sides but leave the back open. add solder and smooth it out as you please but remember to keep the egg shape.
and he said unto thee "behold the egg hast risen" and i said unto him "dude seriously get out of my house or im calling the cops"
Step 5: Show Some Heart
take the wrist watch that you mounted in the solder and add more solder making it into a heart. i cant really explain it see pic #3. add little claws to hold the watch in place, make sure when you add the claws you don't place them on any moving parts.
take some copper wire and cunt in into 6 inch and a quarter lengths then bend the wire at one end see pic #4. take the larger of the two copper rings and start wrapping the wire around it so about half the wire is wrapped do this for all six see pic #5.then take the smaller ring and leaving a little space bend one of the wires around it see pic #6. continue around leaving an even space all the way around see pic #8.
join the crown to the heart
i placed the crown on the heart and added some solder to hold it see pic #9.
Step 6: Add the Doors
take the hinge and solder it to the middle of the inside of the back of the egg so the pin on the hinge is on the inside.
take the flashing cut it in half. place it in position on the hinge, mark and drill. after you drill pop rivet. then trim the door to fit and with a ball peen hammer lightly tap the door to fit the shape and give it a little curve. fill in the gaps with a little solder but make sure the doors still open.
Step 7: Hang Your Heart
get some wire wrap your heart so the wire ends up cumming up between the top humps of the heart with about an inch and a half of wire sticking out the top. solder the wire cumming out of the top of the heart to the top of the inside of the egg so the heart hangs in the middle of the egg.
take 8 nails and bend them.i just used my mind to bend them but pliers would work too see pic #3. tin the heads of the nails. it will make it easier to set them later. using tweezers or pliers set the nails one by one on each side see pics #6-7.
Step 8: Make the Base
Step 9: Start Decorating
Step 10: Keep Decorating
you can see from pics #1-2 i have some watch parts laying around so I'm going to use them for decorating. glue a large watch gear to the stem on the base and one in the end. take and glue random watch guts to the bottom of inside of the egg.see pic #5.
copper dots and wiring
cut the heads off a bunch of copper nails leaving a little bit left on the shaft of the nail.see pic #6.
using what ever mark the pattern for the nails to your liking. see pic #7. then using a drill bit that's the same size as the shaft of the nails drill the marked spots but don't go through to the inside of the egg. see pic #8 place one of the nail heads in each hole and gently tap it into place. see pic #9. then take the copper wire and wind it around the nail heads as you please. see pic #11. after that add a little solder here and there to look like melting and your done :).