incessant ramblings

Home Stretch

May 22nd, 2019

Coming down the home stretch now:) All of the large gears are finished and I’ve started sculpting the frame. Commission completion in 2-3 weeks.

First Gear Finished

May 17th, 2019

First finished gear for the latest commission. Cut, carved, aged, and balanced.

Paper Moon Upgrade

May 14th, 2019

 

 

 

 

Okay so I know clockmaking isn’t supposed to be spontaneous, but I was staring at this clock the other day and decided it needed a little something more. All of the brush-lettering is a new addition. I should note that this paper was NOT easy to paint on. It’s super absorbent and the fibers pull up easily, making it a little fuzzy on the surface. Imagine trying to do calligraphy on a paper towel.

Pendulum

May 10th, 2019

I’ve just finished the pendulum bob on the latest commission. I though I’d throw up a quick vid to show it. This is one of those parts in which the detail will often be missed, since it hangs so low, an isn’t the focal point of the clock. But just in case someone gives it a look I put the work in anyway. This was also a good opportunity to show off the handmade chain a bit more.

More progress every day. Another post soon.

Enjoy!

New Instagram Page

May 9th, 2019

 

While I try to update this blog as much as possible, the ease of using Instagram means that I much more frequently post progress and other interesting news there.

If you were previously following me on Instagram, please note that my old account (ericfreitas12) no longer exists.

My new account is: ericfreitas24 with the name “The Clockwork of Eric Freitas”.

Hope to see you there!

Acid Etching

May 9th, 2019

One more part finished & added to the clock. The client for this commission wanted Roman numerals to show his birthday, since the piece is to commemorate his 50th. The numerals themselves were acid-etched, and the decorative frame piece was cut out and sculpted in my usual manner. So…what’s next then? Sculpting the gears? Adding hands? Decisions decisions….

Quinquagenarius Progress

April 28th, 2019

 

 

 

 

Here’s the latest progress on the new commission. Now that the clock is ticking away, I can start to sculpt everything piece-by-piece to it’s final 3D form. So far I’ve finished the top “spire-like” piece and the dial. I may still play around with the color and shade of the dial, but the intentionally aged and weathered version that you see in these pictures is essentially what the final will look like.

Perpetual Calendar

April 18th, 2019

Over the last year or so I’ve been researching, testing, and fabricating my first perpetual calendar clock. If you’re curious about what the term “perpetual calendar” means I should explain: A simple calendar mechanism, or complication, shows what the date is, sometimes accompanied by the day or month. In order to be designated a “perpetual” calendar clock things get quite a bit more complex. These mechanisms also account for whether there are 30 or 31 days in the month, and they will automatically advance the indicator (in this case the hands) accordingly. In addition it keeps track of when it’s February, including knowing when it’s leap year, so the hands automatically jump from the 28th or 29th of February to the 1st of March.

This project is less than half way finished. If you compare this to my completed work you’ll notice that I have yet to sculpt the flat cut-out pieces into 3D forms. I do however have the perpetual mechanism in place and it’s working great so far. It’s also keeping really good time!

It should be done by the end of the year. Stay tuned.

Chain

March 29th, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Link by link. Three feet down, six to go. Adding a handmade chain to a clock (rather than a cable) adds about 30% to the total time of fabrication. It’s soooo worth it though.

It has a pulse

March 26th, 2019

The latest commission has a healthy heartbeat! The next step is completing the chain so that I can test the mechanism for the full one-week run-time. After that I can begin sculpting everything with the foredom-grinder to make these flat pieces of 2-D brass into a 3-D clockwork sculpture.