Clockwork Heart Pendant Necklace




About: I like sewing and crafts,and trying new things. I'm vegetarian and always looking for new recipes. My cat's name is Mirko and likes to be in the centre of things, so you will see him in several of my instr...

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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    12 Discussions


    3 years ago

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

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


    7 years ago on Introduction

    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?

    2 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    you should make a instructable on how to make that robot