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Mechanical Memory Key NO.4 by back2root Mechanical Memory Key NO.4 by back2root
So this is Mechanical Memory key Number 4. It has taken an age to finish (approx 10-12 hours) mainly due to the detail and having to harvest the pieces from the watches myself - I think I probably used parts from around 6 different pocket watches (from brand new ones to watches over 100 years old).

The key is made out of Padauk wood & has approximately 10 Ruby's which look great when the key catches the light, & when the Keys plugged into a USB, it glows green from underneath the gears giving the key a good sense of movement.

EDIT: Just to clarify, the gears themselves do not move, but the light gives the appearance of movement. I'm hoping that in the future I will get the gears to move, but currently its not possible.

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:iconhelgjed:
HelgjeD Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Your work is one of the most beautiful steampunk artwork I 've ever seen.  It 's not so bombastic as often is the case. Instead it's stylish, elegant. Really chique.
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HovmanJakob Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dear fellow usb key maker...
You have great ideas...
and great working skills...
Thank you for this...Jakob.
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:iconkitt5545:
kitt5545 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
damm i really want
is there a way to special order?
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:iconsperrzaun:
sperrzaun Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
I must buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconshralana:
Shralana Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
That is totally neat! I hope you get to make one where the gears actually move soon, that would be some awesome sauce there :D
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:iconback2root:
back2root Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks man, I'm working on it at the moment but it's a lot more complicated than you'd think!
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:iconoldsancho:
OldSancho Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
You defenetly should sell them on Etsy!!!! please letme know if you decide to!!
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:iconback2root:
back2root Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I already do :D [link]
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:iconkaboose92:
Kaboose92 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
beautiful!
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:iconraskolnikov0610:
Raskolnikov0610 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
This is beautiful!
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:iconsweets8:
sweets8 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Ahh, I think I love this one more than the first one I saw! :heart:

:faint:

Though I don't know how you'd ever get the gears to move, say, with it being plugged in, since there isn't really anything moving in a usb, y'know? The only way I think you could manage that would be if you had some seperate bit, like a tiny motor that could be powered by the computer while it's plugged in, or have a seperate tiny battery for that. That's extremely complicated though, probably more than making the thing as it is! :fear: I guess you could do something where the gears could move freely (if they can't already) if you were to try to move them with your finger, or if you moved the stick around or something? I dunno, just shooting out wild ideas here =P
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xxAlienYouthxx Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This one is my favorite of the flash drives. D: Very beautiful!
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:iconleathurkatt-tftiggy:
Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I am curious as to pricing on these. You do great work.
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:iconsniraharon:
sniraharon Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
WANT IT!
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:iconsartak1977:
Sartak1977 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
nice
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:iconpureangr:
PureAngr Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Incredible, incredible, incredible.

That piece of technology is now a living entity, thanks to your incredible art.
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:icon7irz:
7irz Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude . . . you're awesome !!! I'm so gonna like your Facebook page :D !!!
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:iconback2root:
back2root Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
*Likes This* :D
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:iconn74:
N74 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OMG this is WONDERFUL!

Well done!

:wow:
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:icongalaxydjinn:
Galaxydjinn Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
The detailing is pretty amazing. How did you get the carving into the wood to allow for adding the gears?
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:iconcaptain-sugarstick:
Captain-Sugarstick Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
oh i love it!! you did really amazing work!
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:iconvikingsoprano:
vikingsoprano Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Gears. Nuff said.
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:iconfractalhead:
fractalhead Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
lovely work
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:iconkati-pusn:
kati-pusn Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
you're awsome!
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:icondarkjester1976:
DarkJester1976 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
Wonderfull Man... a great piece.... And alslo a innovative idea..
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:iconya1dima:
ya1Dima Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
NICE GADJET !
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:iconkafai:
Kafai Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
what kinds of watches do you usually find all these gears in?
hrmgg these are so cool

Recently in my class I was trying to do a painting project about clock parts, but after breaking apart more than 12 watches I only found one that actually had gears
all the others looked like they had some sort of plastic-type chip (which looked nearly identical throughout)
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:icontitan57:
titan57 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
you could use the laptop battery for the gears to move :D
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:icondeviated-septum:
Deviated-Septum Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
you dont get much more steampunk that that. though i would love to see a cell phone redone like this
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:iconpyro-helfier:
pyro-helfier Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009   General Artist
I think this has to be my favorite piece in your gallery, but the whole series is great also. I think this one would look really cool as a lighter as well. Maybe you should start steam-punking zippos!
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GhostGriffin Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Amusingly enough I'm about to create a new case for a memory key in wood! How appropriate that I stumble upon your inspirational work now!

Your design is wonderfully complex and I really like the handle you've added on this one. :]
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Tillantria Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
Suggestion for creating movement... Tap into the +5v feed for the USB and have a small motor.
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:iconstonee608:
StoneE608 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
i think this is probably my favorite, but i love this whole series! amazing job on all of them!
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:icontwo-smokes:
two-smokes Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
These are awesome, I'm totally gonna have to buy one. This is definitely my favorite of the bunch. Great work!
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:iconmodelmone:
modelmone Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
i think that this key is currently my favorite out of all you have made because of the shape. It looks easy to grip, the wood is a nice color, the cover piece fits very well and looks like it's practically seamless, and it looks like a lot of love has gone into it :D

great job!
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:iconbittersweet-melodies:
How much do you usually sell these for? They're amazing! Pieces of art on their own and the added bonus of function. Really good idea and great execution on all of the ones you've made. I really love all of them. Great work. :D
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:icongrim63:
grim63 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
beautiful just enduvidably viewtiful!!!!
awesome!!!!!!
:headbang:
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:iconphirebrand:
Phirebrand Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
gorgeous and very creative :D

Little journal feature here: [link]
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:icondestructopop:
destructoPop Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful! I love it! Now just make about 100 more and I want at least ten. ;P
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:iconilliyun:
illiyun Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
very intricate details :)
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:iconsoulsraine:
soulsraine Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
i love it! i'm a fruit for clockwork and gears <3
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:iconthesticknessart:
TheSticknessArt Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
ME WANTEY! Nice job dude!
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:iconback2root:
back2root Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank You!
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:iconeilonwysedai:
EilonwySedai Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
This is functional!?! :love: Amazing!
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:iconback2root:
back2root Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
The gears are currently just aesthetic, but hopefully in the future that will change... Thank you!
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:iconeilonwysedai:
EilonwySedai Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Yeah, but the USB drive itself works?
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:iconback2root:
back2root Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, of course!
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:iconeilonwysedai:
EilonwySedai Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
Yeah, Way Way Cool!
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:iconcharosheth:
Charosheth Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So when plugged in... the gears move?
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:iconback2root:
back2root Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm afraid that my keys don't currently move but the LED activity light gives the key the appearance of movement - I'm working on a fully functional one, but currently its quite far off! Thanks...
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