This is my approach at the illusionist heart locket, as a gift for my girlfriend. Many have already made attempts at this, and you can find some here on instructables, and even more on Google, but this one is made completely by me, i have designed and made every single piece of it myself. Because i used whatever tools i had at hand, some features might not be the optimal choice, so feel free to alter the specifications and features as you please. 

I have seen some designs, that required very very tiny parts, that had to be extremely precisely made, but since i do not have access to neither laser cutters nor CNC machinery, i decided to make a simple design, that i would be able to make, without having to invest in additional tools or materials. I am pretty tight on my economy, so basically anything expensive was ruled out. I also set the criteria that the picture had to be centered, not on either half of the heart, which actually later lead to accidentally figuring out how to put 2 images in the locket. 

Again because of my limited selection of tools, i decided to not make this a necklace pendant, but a 5*10 cm box instead. This was the only way so far that i could get the dimension relations as a wanted, and still have a decent size picture in the middle. It is still small, and has a nice size, fits nicely in the hand, and after several steps in finishing it up, it ended up having a bold and soft surface that i am very satisfied with. 

I have uploaded this in the Valentine's Day contest, so if you like the project please vote for me :)

please upload some more images of geometry construction.....

how many slides to be drilled for axial? And how much centimeters thick?

sloje1 year ago

hello? flecks.... hopefully you get this comment and you please respond... im a 14 year old guy who is in wood shop working on your project (i showed it to my teacher) i alredy printed out all your steps and my teacher is on my ass now that i better finish it.... but i cant print out your blue-prints.... i tryed everything but none of my computers (incluiding the school distric) dont have your software..... hope fully you can message me ---> linares.jose25@yahoo.com and send me a word ducument of these blue prints....i really need them asp.

Flecks (author)  sloje1 year ago

Hello to you too.

The drawings i have uploaded is simple .pdf files, i cannot convert those to a word document. You can open and print them from any pdf reader, for example adobe reader. Please do post a picture, when you finish the project!

sslaney082 years ago
I see! Thank you, I am trying to find one to buy for my gf after not being able to make one that i was happy with. What do you think of this one? https://www.etsy.com/listing/157512555/illusionist-heart-locket-made-from-maple
Flecks (author)  sslaney082 years ago
It looks nice, more like the one in the movie. However i don't like the idea of cutting the picture in half, seperating the two persons.

But i guess i just as well might have...
sslaney2 years ago
Hi, I really like your design I just don't understand one thing. How does the other side of the lid stay connected? The magnets can't be so strong to were it won't "break" off if you pull on it. Thank you in advanced, your a genius
Flecks (author)  sslaney2 years ago
I'm not sure exactly which lid you are talking about.? The two lower lids are held ind place by magnets and the axle, and the front upper lid only by magnets, but so well that you can shake it around without it falling off. The back upper lid is glued in place.
Thanks for the kind words :)
pmk2222 years ago
I would love to get the files to 3d print this. The only change a would like would be a disk (not a ring) for the picture(s) to be attached to.
madmanmoe642 years ago
Nice work. This is a tricky project to get right.
I 3D printed mine and cast it in pewter.
I always wanted to get it lasercut from wood and layer it up.
This has inspired me to try that again, but to fit my design I need to find some 0.8mm wood.
Flecks (author)  madmanmoe642 years ago
0.8mm..? That's... Veneer? I am very interested in that design, can you reveal more?

Did you 3D print in plastic or wax? Because i have considered printing mine, but i am not sure which material to print it in..
I had it printed in plastic (shapeways wsf), then I made a mould using heat resistant silicone, and cast it lead free pewter.
Wax is the standard material to use for investment casting. But that only gives one shot and destroys the wax piece in the process. I've never cast metal before so wanted it in plastic, that way I could clean it up and try multiple things with it. the model is on thingiverse if you want to take a look.
Flecks (author)  madmanmoe642 years ago
Very nice indeed. How did you manage to cast the holes? Aren't those quite difficult to get an impression of, even with the silicone?

And are there any function that prevents the picture from tearing?
Flecks (author) 2 years ago
Wow, featured and frontpage same day as i published, thank you whoever is in charge of this! :)