Framed Flying Heart
Here is one of my signature steampunk pieces – the mechanical flying heart. Although I make many of these, each one is unique with different features, layout and parts. I love working in miniature – the more complex – the better.
This piece is extremely intricate – 100+ parts some less than 1mm. The green glow under the grill/screen is from glow in the dark powder mixed with resin – I mix my own so it’s a strong glow. I recommend using a UV torch to “charge” it if wearing it at an event.
Nothing is glued on – it’s all deep pinned, soldered, using cold connection methods or screwed. It is robust enough the be worn without fear of anything falling off. I don’t cast or fabricate preferring to use existing items from a variety of sources. Some parts are antique, vintage, NOS or new.
The pendant is 3 inches wide (75mm) and 1 ½ inches long (36mm) and 1 inch (24mm) deep. The chain is gold tone brass faceted cut cable link, 22 inches long with a gold tone lobster claw clasp.
I decided to include a glass frame and dock when clients expressed their desire to be able to have the piece visible when not being worn. So I bought a commercial shadow box, painted it “distressed” gold, attached black felt and brass brackets. The heart can be accessed easily out of the back and attached to the chain with two push clasps and rings. The two clasp points keep the heart from flipping around when being worn.
It takes the piece to another level, especially if given as a gift. As a desk ornament or part of your home decor, my little biomechanical winged heart is sure to be commented on and desired.
The frame is square – 5 X 5 inches (125mm) and 1.6 inches (40mm) deep. The back panel is secured with four rotating clips and also has a “D” ring for wall hanging. The heart just rests on the two brass prongs.
Build time: 40 hours.