Master of Time
I had this antique New Haven Clock Company, wind up movement, for quite some time, so I thought I’d try using it in one of my pieces. I’m so happy I did, and I’m so pleased with how it turned out.
I’ve mounted the movement on a piece of 1/2″ thick plexiglass, which I cut to my desired shape. I then heated, bent, welded and ground 3 different sizes of hammered steel round bar which outline the plexiglass. The stone base is of Labradorite, from Madagascar, which shows a beautiful flash of blue, green and silver when exposed to light.
To make part of the Masters “apparatus,” I used two small planetary gear sets, and some electric motor parts. This contraption is powered through the wires connecting it to his table. It then sends its power to the movement through another set of wires. Power is finally sent to the small clock at the top of the sculpture through the final wiring.
I’ve made the table from an Amethyst stalactite slice, on which are mounted various crystals and minerals. Its pedestal is glass rod and copper work. The fine pewter Wizard, by Perth Pewter, holds a small, brass vessel which contains the powering device for his whole machine, which only he can control. It uses an unknown power source, possibly “Unobtainium!”
The stair railing is of twisted brass wire, and the balasters are individually stamped, brass filigree. An Amethyst sphere finishes off the top and bottom of each railing.
These antique clocks work very well, but they are not as accurate as today’s quartz movements. So I decided to use a small, battery operated quartz movement as the actual time piece. The wind up movement runs for about 6 days. The pendulum swings and has a soft “tick” to it. The base is of a hardwood called Corymbia Opaca, or Bloodwood, from Australia. And because this piece is sensitive to “level”, I’ve installed four leveling adjusters under the base.
All this material has added up to quite a bit of weight. It’s close to 50 lbs.. But it’s a very beautiful, and functional 50 lbs..