Saturday, we went to see Stephanie's parents near Asheville. They were having a garage sale, selling off the bits and pieces their next door neighbor had left behind when she moved into a nursing home. What they didn't sell, we could pick through to see if there was anything that interested us which, given our retro tastes, was considerable.
addition to a few tiny old books (like a history of the US up to its
pub date in 1824), Stephanie grabbed a lot of glassware, and I got my
hands on about a dozen old wind-up clocks and a couple of old cameras.
One of the clocks has already been broken up for parts, some of which I used.
This was pretty easy. The functional part
is a cheap USB drive liberated from its case. The bulk of the new casing
is a pair of cheap plastic gears. A little careful work with the
Dremmel routed out a space for the thumb drive.
The gears got a
coat of gold spray paint, then a very light coat of black followed
immediately by rubbing with a sponge to give it that rough, tarnished
look. After that, a spritz of polyurethane to make it all a bit more
Then, assembly: the two gears like a clamshell around
the drive, then a gear liberated from a broken clock atop that. Several
squirts of superglue and bob's your uncle.
This went well enough, but I'm a little dubious about durability. For my next project, I'm looking to start working with epoxy.