Dr. Who Inspired Watch




About: hi i enjoy making ludicrisly over the top and complex devices.... Being an ameture engineer, I refuse pick the easy option, but rather the one that seems best, which inevitably devolves into a weekend of ha...

this is just an idea that ive been thinking about in the deep recesses of my brain that iv'e always wanted to make, the design on the outside of the band was inspired from the images displayed on the tardis main computer.
hope you will enjoy it!

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Step 1: Tools and Materials

to make this beautiful watch you will need the following
1. leather-(your choice be careful with the thickness)
2. snaps
3.rivet tool 
5.small snap anvil
7.a donor watch 
8.soldering iron
10. drill bit (sized for the snaps)

Step 2: Cutting the Leather

so for this step you must cut the leather to the apropriate size,
i ususally use 10 by 2 inches for the dimensions of my wristbands

Step 3: Make the Corners

ok this is fairly simple, use something round as a guide to cut the corners out so their nice and round 

Step 4: Put in Your Snaps

now measure were you want the snaps so it will fit snugly around your wrist and measure a 1/2 inch in from the sides and place a mark their and drill a hole 

Step 5: Put in Your Snaps-continued

now that you have 4 holes, place the corisponding snap component  in each hole and rivet them in place connecting the two pieces of the snap together.

Step 6: Mount the Donor Watch

ok so make two loops around were the wristband used to connect to the watch with the leather and connect the ends together with snaps like so

Step 7: Connecting the Watch to the Wristband

now put the wristband on and place the watch where you desire it to be attached then mark where the snaps are and place two additional snaps in then we're ready for the fun part

Step 8: Burn the Design

so now you can draw your pattern onto the leather with a pencil and use your soldering iron to burn in your design 

Step 9: Finished

now snap on the watch (glue them on if you want) and there you have it, one spiffy new watch

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    so, im kinda having a hard time seeing exactly what you did for the snaps on the loops holding the watch face on... did you just fold it over and rivet it together?

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    ok, so i really want to make this, but i have a stupid question........ where in the world can i get the watch face??? im looking everywhere and the are all boreing looking face's and its killing me! lol, any ideas?

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Cool dude! I would highly recommend applying a finish of Neatsfoot Oil, or some other sealant, raw leather will stain and not look so hot after extended wear.

    hi everyone! if you like this please vote for it in the soft circuits contest:] thanks everyone, the instructables community is AWSOME!!!!!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I do a fair share of amature leather work and have picked up quite a few handy tools from hobby lobby...if you don't have one near where you live, I suggest www.tandyleather.com
    A leather punch is a sight faster than a drill...good job with your improvisation though.

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    ah, the only place near me is beck leather, or at least that i know of, but yea the guy their tried to sell me this whole rig for leather working but i figured if a drill bit can go through steel it could go through leather.... but yea i actually found out about the affect the soldering iron had on leather by shear accident

    True, a drill will make a hole...but if you were wanting holes in the leather that were there for looks, I should think a drill would make a rather ragged hole.

    And also, I use mink oil on a lot of my leather things that I make. You can pick it up anywhere they sell shoe polish...just put some on a cloth or applicator, I actually just use my fingers...and massage it into the leather...it seals it against moisture and give the leather a delightful finished look.