Steampunk Pocket Watch Cosplay Prop

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Steampunk Pocket Watch Cosplay Prop by simonaruiz Jul 1, 2016
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I just rounded out the back of the original thing and scaled it up 33%, so as to use it as a costume prop.

I originally remixed this for an Alice in Wonderland themed Mad Hatter's Tea Party. I can imagine using it for various other costumes.

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I found it impossible on my printer to make the detailed pieces from the original in order to have a raw plastic multi-colored pocketwatch (though the glow-in-the-dark hands and numbers on one of the photos on the original reallllly appealed to me), so I stuck with the single print version in white.

Then I took a hobby knife and sandpaper to my white plastic pocketwatch in order to smooth it out, and sprayed it with gold. Then I had a 13 year old with patience and a small paintbrush paint the face of it.

Then, in order to preserve the paint, I sprayed a coat of clear, gloss enamel on it, which unfortunately made the gold less shiny. :-( Oh well, you live you learn.


One could use a real chain to make it look more realistic.

I just used some shiny gold elastic and a safety pin.

I may have once received the elastic wrapped around a present. I'm a pack rat.

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I used Sketchup to add the rounded off back, and made very few other changes.

The STL mesh was pretty well mangled by being imported into SketchUp, though.

Netfabb Basic

I did not have the patience to manually clean up this well detailed model inside of SketchUp, so instead of insisting on creating a fully solid model, as is my usual goal, I relied on Netfabb's Basic Repair tool to repair the STL after exporting it from SketchUp.

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Just printed one off for a prop in a local children's play. Worked great. Great model.

One small note, the #4 on the face should be expressed as IV and not IIII.

Thanks for the comment. I'm glad it worked well for you. :-)

That part of the model is inherited from the model I remixed, but I remember seeing this before...

I did a little bit of research and found: http://mathtourist.blogspot.com/2010/08/iiii-versus-iv-on-clocks.html

How about that! How very interesting.

Thanks for sharing the model remix and the knowledge bomb. :)

Which program did you use to create this pocket watch? :)

So, the actual cool pocket watch part of the design was created, I presume, by TEFpestana for the thing on which mine is based.

Their design was more of a small decoration, though, and had a flat back. As I wanted a prop for my costume, I took their STL and imported it into SketchUp. There I cleaned it up, scaled it up in size, and added the rounded back.

That sounds awesome! I wanted to create an Alice in Wonderland themed pocket watch and this seemed awesome! I would like to tweek this ever so slightly create an asymmetrical design on the pocket watch itself :) (could think of warping the shape of the watch itself). Thank you!

Neat! I'd love to see what you come up with.