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Mechanical Flash Key No8-16GB by back2root Mechanical Flash Key No8-16GB by back2root
You are looking at Mechanical Memory Key Number 8. This beautiful key is slightly different to previous versions. Although it is more one sided it has taken longer than any of my previous designs. The top side is much more detailed than keys before and contains a staggering amount of parts. There are parts from around 5 different pocket watches, ageing from around ten years old to watches over 100 years old.

The key has been made from the ground up, taking 35hours to complete. I have used the highest quality 16GB flash memory, housed in a hand carved Macassar Walnut chassis. It has 20 Ruby's and 135 parts which look great when the key catches the light. It features both a brass face plate on the reverse of the key and brass surround for the usb connector. All the watch parts have come from damaged or irreparable pocket watch's that have been hand disassembled and then combined to create a true, miniature work of art.

The key comes with a traditional 30cm/12" (approx) removable pocket watch chain to both keep the key safe, and close to hand, but to also complete the overall look. The key also comes in its own, custom presentation box (similar to this one [link]) as part of the package.

There are no other keys like this on the market, so this is your chance to get a true 'one of a kind'.

Just to clarify, the gears themselves do not move. I hope you like it!

This item has now sold.

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PitchblackJoker Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
you are one true genius!
sweets8 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Definitely way more cogs :XD: Love that you added the little winding dial to this one! And the (back plate?) too! You know you take some great display photos for these things, just awesome!
Red-NakedPagan Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
this is amazing :D though everything I see of yours is sold (!!) will you be making anything else? :D :D
This-Quiet-Storm Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Student General Artist
Gorgeous! The photographs themselves are quite lovely.
nemesis158 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This one is really great as well :D
Felicity-Moep Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thats awesome! that looks really great ^^
Kenji-Icarus Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Wow, this is pretty awesome <3
Koloko Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
You do such lovely work <3 A shame this got snatched up so fast. Thank you for sharing :D
CandyxCorex Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's incredible! nyaha XD okay. incredible's probably not the right word... but it's so awesome XD

Too fiddly for me, i'd never have the patience XD ~ awesome job lol
darkittylove Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
OMG This look amazing! I want it XD
LadyDeven Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is epically cool, and for some odd reason i think it would be great to make like a custom belt buckle to conceal (or show off) this flash drive, really great work once again
Tetrismede Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Student General Artist
Exelsiar Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
dude this is amazing, tis one of the greatest bits of mechanical work i've seen :D i wish i could get a hold of one.. ahh well
TheSticknessArt Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Damn dude these are really cool! You aren't selling any of em are you?
back2root Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I make around 5-6 per year and I do sell them but they go pretty quickly. This one was online for less than a minute before it was snatched up by a buyer.

This is my online shop where I list them ([link])
ItanHimitsu Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Student General Artist
beautiful! the precision you put into your work always leave me flat in awe *_____*
another great piece **
parl-sky Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Gorgeous. Just curious, how do you design it initially? Is it a freehand kind of thing, or do you plan out all the layout ahead of time. We've been working on stationary timepieces in similar style (i've gotten really tired of the "steampunk" term, I like that you didnt use the word here). One we did last year on commission: [link]
My wifes a professional goldsmith, and I've been wanting to try building a flash drive or pocket watch. We've got bags of old bits from watches. Did you solder, epoxy, or do a hot glue type of thing to fix everything together?
back2root Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have a range of chassis shape designs that I pick from, apart from this I have no plan or idea of what the final product will look like I just let the piece develop. In terms of attaching it all together I just use specialised super glue.
Seaphire Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing. I really want one of these. :)
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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
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1/160 second
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105 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 1, 2010, 11:36:46 AM