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Watch movement cufflinks with an epoxy resin top that ensures they will last a lifetime.
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In 2013 I successfully completed my first Kickstarter project, Watch Movement Jewellery and Cufflinks. This got an amazing response and nearly 800 backers received their rewards as a result.  

I have since found a way to improve the designs, as the watch movements are uncovered over time they can become damaged or lose pieces of the mechanisms.  

As someone who regularly wears the cufflinks, I know how often they get banged into desks, bar tops or anything else that my clumsiness causes me to come into contact with. So I wanted to find something that could protect the movements and retain the beauty of the cufflinks.

Resin coated movement on the left - unprotected damaged movement on the right
Resin coated movement on the left - unprotected damaged movement on the right

The Problem

You will notice the cufflink on the right of the image above that two of the cogs have broken off the watch movement, this is because they are unprotected and up to 50 years old, sometimes parts can come loose and fall off.

The solution

By adding an epoxy resin layer to the top of the movement I am able to protect the delicate parts of the movement and ensure that it will retain its beauty for years to come.  

Development

I initially looked into epoxy resin coating a couple of years ago and started to make prototypes then, but due to tiny air bubbles within the resin, there were air bubbles obscuring the movement so the idea was put on the back burner until I thought of a way to resolve this. 

My last Kickstarter project produced spinning cufflinks with an epoxy resin centre, as part of the project I was able to raise funds to purchase a vacuum degassing machine which removes the air bubbles from the resin. 

Using the vacuum degassing machine, I can now remove the air bubbles from the resin before covering the watch movements, this gives a clear glass-like finish to the movements. 

I am now looking to raise funds to purchase a large resin pressure pot, this will enable me to push the resin down into the watch movements and create a solid piece. This will ensure that as well as having a smooth glass like finish the movement is solid and will never break up inside.  

So whats the difference between this Kickstarter project and your first?

The watch movements used in the first project were unprotected, this resulted in some of them being damaged after prolonged use. The cufflinks I am looking to make here have a UV resistant Epoxy covering on them, that will not only increase the longevity of the cufflinks but the doming of the epoxy resin makes the movements brighter and shows up the details better. 

New cufflinks on the left - old unprotected cufflinks on the right
New cufflinks on the left - old unprotected cufflinks on the right

The cufflinks below have a brass base which is then electroplated in black or silver. The watch movements come from vintage mechanical watches and are cleaned, polished and restored before being set into the cufflinks and coated in resin. All rewards will be posted out in a small black gift bag.

Large rectangular movements with an epoxy coating in black
Large rectangular movements with an epoxy coating in black
Small rectangular watch movements with a protective epoxy layer in black
Small rectangular watch movements with a protective epoxy layer in black
Round watch movements with a protective epoxy layer in black
Round watch movements with a protective epoxy layer in black
Large rectangular movements with a protective epoxy coating in silver
Large rectangular movements with a protective epoxy coating in silver
Small rectangular watch movements with a protective epoxy layer in silver
Small rectangular watch movements with a protective epoxy layer in silver
Round watch movements with a protective epoxy layer in silver
Round watch movements with a protective epoxy layer in silver
Watch movement pendant in silver with a large rectangular movement in with a protective epoxy coating
Watch movement pendant in silver with a large rectangular movement in with a protective epoxy coating
Watch movement pendant in silver with a round movement in with a protective epoxy coating
Watch movement pendant in silver with a round movement in with a protective epoxy coating
Watch movement pendant in silver with a small rectangular movement in with a protective epoxy coating
Watch movement pendant in silver with a small rectangular movement in with a protective epoxy coating
Watch movement pendant in black with a small rectangular movement in with a protective epoxy coating
Watch movement pendant in black with a small rectangular movement in with a protective epoxy coating
Watch movement pendant in black with a round movement in with a protective epoxy coating
Watch movement pendant in black with a round movement in with a protective epoxy coating
Watch movement pendant in black with a large rectangular movement in with a protective epoxy coating
Watch movement pendant in black with a large rectangular movement in with a protective epoxy coating
Tie bar in silver with large rectangular watch movement with an epoxy protective layer
Tie bar in silver with large rectangular watch movement with an epoxy protective layer
Tie bar in silver with small rectangular watch movement with an epoxy protective layer
Tie bar in silver with small rectangular watch movement with an epoxy protective layer
Tie bar in silver with round watch movement with an epoxy protective layer
Tie bar in silver with round watch movement with an epoxy protective layer
Tie bar in black with large rectangular watch movement with an epoxy protective layer
Tie bar in black with large rectangular watch movement with an epoxy protective layer
Tie bar in black with small rectangular watch movement with an epoxy protective layer
Tie bar in black with small rectangular watch movement with an epoxy protective layer
Tie bar in black with round watch movement with an epoxy protective layer
Tie bar in black with round watch movement with an epoxy protective layer
Rear view of tiebar
Rear view of tiebar

 Above are the target dates for all actions in t his project. Should I not be able to meet any of these dates I will ensure that all backers are kept upto date.

Risks and challenges

The risks of the project surround the use of the resin pressure pot. This is a piece of machinery I have used a few times before when I have been able to arrange access to a friend's (this is how I made the examples you can see in the photos) but it is not something that I have a large amount of experience with. I am however very experienced with working with resin and have been using this for over 8 years, I am confident that with the support network of fellow creators that I have, any teething problems found when using the pressure pot will be quickly navigated.

The cufflink surrounds will be manufactured by an external company; however, I have used this company many times before and always had positive results.

Should there be a large uptake of the rewards I have a number of friends who also create items that are able to help me out in the process. This would be my last resort however as I take great pride in making the cufflinks and items I produce myself.

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    Watch movement tie bar

    One watch movement tie bar in silver or black. Backers can choose from small rectangular, large rectangular or round. As with all the rewards there will be a protective epoxy coating on the watch movements.

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    Large watch movement cufflinks

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    Watch movement pendant and necklace

    One pendant in either silver or black, Backers can choose from small rectangular, large rectangular or round. As with all the rewards there will be a protective epoxy coating on the watch movements. The pendant will come on an 45cm long, 1mm thick sterling silver snake necklace.

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    3 x tie bars

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    3 sets of cufflinks, one in each design

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    3 x pendants and necklaces

    Three pendants, one with a small rectangular movement, one with a large rectangular movement and one with a round movement. Each pendant will come with its own sterling silver necklace.

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    6 x tie bars

    two tie bar's with small rectangular movements, 2 x large rectangular movements and 2 x round movement. 6 tiebars in total. Free shipping with this reward.

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    6 sets

    A full set, one pair of each of the 3 styles of cufflinks in silver and one pair of each in black. 6 sets of cufflinks in total with free shipping.

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    6 Pendants and necklaces

    Six pendants, two with a small rectangular movement, two with a large rectangular movement and two with a round movement. Each pendant will come with its own sterling silver necklace. Free worldwide delivery

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    The full package!

    The full lot, 6 sets of cufflinks, 6 tie bars, and 6 necklaces! This really is the big one. Free worldwide shipping with this reward.

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