Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Jewelry From Watch Parts to Insect Jewelry - Eerie Way to Repurpose items

Insect Jewelry - A Tinkerer's Delight


At first glance, this looks like a bunch of creepy crawly spiders and other insects.  But images lie.

These are, in fact, mechanical insects made by a tinkerer Justin Gershenson-Gates.

This tinkerer usually sells jewelry accented with watch gears on his website A Mechanical Mind.

However, his customers can't seem to get enough of  his insects made of watch parts, tiny light bulbs and other bits.

Justin is the grandson of a railroad man, and his life from the start has been filled with all things mechanical. He would take apart all of his toys as a child in order to see how they worked, but was never able to put them back together again.

Now, he take dead old watches from the top drawers of the world, disassemble and clean them, then rearrange their bits and widgets into whimsical designs. His aim is to show the beauty of the mechanical world, a place generally hidden from the public behind metal and glass. His pieces display the more delicate and ephemeral side of gears, rather than the cold, hard factory feel they normally portray.

What do you think of his creations?  Too eerie, or just eccentric enough?  Please share your comments below.

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