I did watch repair a few years ago, and I kept storing away broken watches and saying I was going to do something with them. So here we are! I've at least used the innards. It's a start. :D
This is not a very traditional Faberge egg, but traditional isn't my style.
There are additional finished project pictures at the end if you'd just like to skip to that. :D
Step 1: Ingredients!
I used about 15 watches for this egg. Everything from Timex to Orion to Seiko! I had already opened these watches ages ago, so I didn't have to worry about that.
It's important to note that watch innards do not look the way most people expect. You're going to find tons of plastic, thin metal sheets and very few gears. And the gears you find will be very small.
I sorted out all the plastic bits and gears. I didn't like the way they looked. :P
I used jewelry making pliers to rip the watches apart and shape the pieces, and E-6000 adhesive to stick the pieces to the eggs. I also used a Rustoleum clear spray paint to coat the outside when done.
Step 2: Taking Apart the Innards.
I then pried the innards from the watch face. This will release the hands of the watch, and will result in you having nice flat piece of metal to bend and place on the egg.
The faces of the watches cover most of the surface area of the egg.
After and face and plastic are separated, you'll want to start getting the metal out of the plastic. You can smash it, pry it, cut it, etc. No need to be delicate. It's not like these pieces will ever be functional again. ;)
Step 3: Bending the Faces.
Step 4: Glue Glue Glue Glue Glue!
Then I started filling in the empty areas with the innards - circuit boards, bits of metal, etc. I filled in about half of the egg the second night. The third night I finished filling in.
I didn't worry about the neatness of the glue since I knew it would dry clear. I'd just put a drop on the egg and press the piece into it.
I ended up using a watch stem as a helping hand - because it was long and very skinny, I could maneuver the piece in the glue glob to where I needed it to be.
Step 5: Clear Coat!
I set the egg in the mouth of the bottle and sprayed it down. Then I went inside and played some LittleBigPlanet. After about fifteen minutes, I went back out, flipped the egg, and sprayed again.
This continued with different inside activities until I liked the way the egg looked.
And then I threw the bottle away. Eww.
Step 6: The Base.
I made the base big enough so that it can hold the egg any way that I see fit. :D
Step 7: Glamour Shot Time!
So I sat outside for a while and put the egg on various surfaces and squinted at it while the neighbors and their dogs stared at me.
Turns out the sidewalk is an excellent place to take pictures of a shiny egg. Imagine it's the future, and all of Earth is a desert, and Robo-Egg is your ruler! Yes!