I started out with the whole steampunk idea of making collages of watch parts--cogs and gears and bits of one kind or another. Then I hit upon the entire watch movement. I tell you, there are few things more gorgeously shiny and mechanical than a vintage winding watch movement. It's an art that's more or less lost at this point in time.
So, I've found a few complete watches to rip apart! Here is one of my latest. It's from a gentleman's Waltham watch, circa 1930s. I was able to keep the stem intact, so you can wind it. The gears still work. How cool is that! And the little gold cogs will spin and move, as well. I set it on a simple silver bail, and kept the beading fairly minimal. It's so gorgeous and impressive on its own that it didn't need a lot of extra ornamentation.
You know that feeling--when you find a supply or medium in your art or craft that really speaks to you? And you want to make gorgeous things worthy of it? That's what this one is. Hopefully, it will speak to someone else and find a good home with someone who loves it as much as I do. . .