It was a fun project and it came out alright, but--as I mentioned at the end of the post--it was really too clunky to be practical. So as promised, I took it apart and started over again with that same watch face. I went for a different style this time, and I really like how it turned out.
DIY! Make your own watch
- 12 gauge copper (stripped housing wire)
- 22 gauge copper (can get at a craft store)
- Needle nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- old watch
Cut of the Old Watchband
The first time, I kept these two small metal bars on. This time however, I just ditched them entirely--partly because I wrecked them while dismantling my last watch, and partly because I didn't end up finding them to be that useful.
Make the Frame
This was probably the trickiest part of the whole process, just because you have to take great care in holding the thick 12 gauge wire in place while using the 22 gauge to secure it to the watch face. The 12 gauge wire is quite thick so it is difficult to bend it into the small semi-right angles that I was trying to push it into. See the pictures below for some visuals on where I placed the wires.
Straighten the frame
Next, I straightened out me twelve gauge wires. I just used my hands for this.
Shape your watch
After the frame is straightened out, you need to figure out how long it needs to be, according the the size of your wrist. This has been a bit of trial and error for me. You can measure yourself with a measuring tape, but remember your watch will not sit skin tight, so it will need to be bigger than that. You will also need to leave enough of a gap at the bottom of the watch to fit your wrist through sideways (like you would with any metal cuff).
For my watch, I bent the wires into the swirls you see at the ends. However, I didn't bend them together very tightly or securely. That way, I had some wiggle room in case I needed to adjust the length. Then, I shaped the frame into a curve to go around my wrist.
Getting the shape just right takes time. Just keep gently working the wires until you have the shape you need.
Add the Details
At that point, I had a fairly sturdy frame and it was time to use my 22 gauge wire again.
I also used the 22 gauge to embellish the band up near the watch face. This didn't really serve a structural purpose, I just wanted it to look a little nicer. This is the fun part where you can create whatever designs you want. I just made simple rows of small loops. I could continue this design down the whole band, but for now, I like it where it is.
The Finished Product
I'm very happy with my new design. The only drawback is, because of the placement of my frame wires, I can't get the watch apart in order to replace the battery. Unfortunate, considering the battery has just died and I did not realize it until it was too late. Haha! Oh well, it was very fun and perhaps I will think of a way around it with my next design. But keep it in mind if you want to make your own. Replace the battery first! XD
By the way, here is the link to my old post, in case you are curious:
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