Once I got it home and began to disassemble it though, I was dismayed to find that most of the gears were in fact soldered to their metal braces.
I spent the better part of a day detaching them with pliers, saws, wire cutters,
This was a first.
I fully expected to have shed blood hacking away at the silly thing; just so I could create a metal sculpture to hang in my Victorian Studio.
Now that I had all the pieces, next came the hard part -- deciding how the heck I was going to actually design and build it! I have never done anything like this before and since these brass gears had some weight to them, I either needed to mount it on some kind of base, or attach the gears to each other somehow so it would hang solitary on the wall. I thought the latter would have much more impact.
So I went on the hunt for the necessary glue; I had watched some YouTube videos previously on how to create steampunk jewelry. The only glue they recommended was E-6000. It took a few trips to many stores to finally find it at Home Depot (I was so frustrated that our Michael's had none in stock every time I was there).
After many attempts at different configurations, I finally wrapped that piece of wood with wax paper so I wouldn't accidentally glue my creation to it (believe me, I WOULD have...) and dove in. I had to build it in many steps to create a stable base as I added more and more to it. So I would glue two or three gears and let them dry... then the next day add a few more, let dry, and repeated until I was done. I also went back and forth on whether to keep it just to clock and watch gears or to add watch faces and perhaps some other embellishments like metal wings or chain.
I decided to keep it true to just clock and watch gears and springs... so here it is! It's not huge; I wanted to fill in the space above my couch in the Studio, centered underneath my new shelf (that I built using two antique Victorian shelf supports BTW...)
Here's a closeup of my final piece (click to biggify):
So waddya think of my first wall sculpture? I'm amazed it actually turned out...
and even more amazed I still have all my fingers.