I’m what you might call an accidental watch collector. Eleven of them, so far, mostly of the inexpensive Timex variety. You know…the brand that takes a lickin’, but keeps on tickin’? So long as the battery lasts, that is.
Unlike my children, whose long ago replaced smartphones with any need for a watch, I’m old school, and like the security of knowing that time is always on my wrist. What ticks me off, however, is the torturous challenge of changing out watch batteries. Therein the reason I buy cheap watches. Once the battery dies, I toss the dead watch in a drawer and purchase a new one one. Some might find that wasteful, but dear reader, here’s something you must know: I’ve some great plans for those inactive watches!
You see, I’m holding out for the innards, or the guts of the watch: those fabulous metal gears, hands, and wheels! If ever I manage to crack open the rear compartment of my frozen-in-timepieces, just imagine the treasure trove of fun I’d have yanking out the hardware, and affixing all that brass and silver Steampunk to my nails! Oh, yeah! Sing it, sister!
Well, today’s post is a nod to such imaginings. Since I’ve not gained entry to the motherlode of metal, I decided to negotiate a tablespoon’s purchase of teensy gears, cogs, big hands, little hands, and wheels from one very lovely Ebay vendor. For way less than the cost of a battery, I might add.
With all that said, let’s get this mani in gear, shall we?
Beginning with a foundational base coat, I next applied two layers of a lovely taupe creme (OPI Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh).
Once bone-dry, I reached for my stamping plate collection and began searching for Bundle Monster image plate #BM-203. For the longest time, I’d been envisioning using it for this very purpose! Once in hand, I went to town stamping up black (Konad Special Black stamping polish) industrial-looking gears on those tauped tips.
A thick layer of top coat later, I was in a perfect position to accent my thumb and ring finger with all manner of brass and silver wristwatch innards. I set the pieces into the sticky coating, and then slathered on a final layer of top coat to seal the manicure.
The outcome? Don’t know about you, but I’m loving it!
Best part? Now that I’ve this precious stash of watch hardware, I’m newly inspired to crack open those eleven timepieces.
That’s right, I think it’s about time to pick up some batteries, and get those babies tickin’ again.