Help! How to Attach Tiny Parts to a Vintage Partial Pocket Watch Movement?

by Jenee’ Mohler.
(Sisters, Oregon)

How to Attach Tiny Parts to a Vintage Partial Pocket Watch Movement? Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

Porcelain watch dial with movement plate and layered gears

I need some advice on ways to attach tiny gears and watch components to partial watch movements, and jump rings to vintage wristwatch movements.

How to Attach Tiny Parts to a Vintage Partial Pocket Watch Movement? Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

Old watch movement with layered gears and watch parts

Some pieces just don’t have holes to wire to, and can’t be drilled. I have been using E6000, but the tiny shafts and pieces don’t leave much surface area to glue, and I want my pieces to hold up to some wear.

How to Attach Tiny Parts to a Vintage Partial Pocket Watch Movement? Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

Porcelain dial with watch movement plate and gears

I do warn people that these pieces are delicate wearable art, and are to be treated as such, but I still want to produce quality pieces.

How to Attach Tiny Parts to a Vintage Partial Pocket Watch Movement? Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

ladies vintage watch movements with gears

I don’t know much about soldering, but I’m concerned with the torch and pickling process doing damage or discoloration to the surfaces of the watch plates; and a soldering iron not being a strong enough hold.

Any ideas? I want to be as professional as possible.

Jenee’ Mohler
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Comments

  1. Jenee’, your pieces are wonderful and very meticulously designed.

    Have you taken your examples to a watch maker or watch repair shop? They could probably give you some good suggestions, and may even be able to sell you some parts that would do the trick for you.

    My only other thought is that if you didn’t need to be concerned about whether the parts can still move, a solution like Violette Noble’s Steampunk ring with floating watch parts might be a good solution.

  2. I’ve used Ice Resin as a glue, using a tiny brush and being careful not to get too much resin on the brush.

    Love your watch-part creations. Good luck.

  3. These are beautiful. I’m currently playing with steam punk theme jewelry for an Easter exhibition. I’m using the E6000 glue after reading on this forum about how to glue metal. Mine won’t be be so delicately balanced as yours is but so far I think clamping the pieces (with old pegs) for 24 hours seems to be working. I guess clamping your pieces may be difficult…?

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