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Alethiometer Watch by rain2shine Alethiometer Watch by rain2shine
"His dark materials" were my favourite fantasy books... And I always wanted an alethiometer... Finally I made myself a golden compass, out of a skeleton watch. I swapped the usual digits for a printed version of the alethiometer symbols. The 3 watch hands can be scrolled to different symols, and then just let them tick... and see where they stop.

Since the whole golden compass thing is copyrighted to the bone, I can't sell these. But I would encourage you to try and create your own alethiometer!
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enchantedsleeper Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing idea! I never would have thought to do this! When I was ten I made myself an alethiometer out of a tin lid, covered in gold origami paper with pin heads for the dials ;) But yours looks way cooler!
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rain2shine Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! keep your creativity and imagination!
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BeRabbit Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Woow a really good alethiometer :D So great ! :D
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FashionAtelier Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Wow! It looks amazing! I'll definitely try it out. :love:
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rain2shine Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck if you're making yourself an alethiometer! =D
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McFaol Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know its been a while since you posted this but im marveled at the way you do it. Could you please send me a note or a message with how to do it?
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rain2shine Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
well, it's not too complicated. Buy a sceleton watch on ebay, pry open the glass, print out the alethiometer, cut out and paste in... and close the watch again. If you don't like opening the watch in fear of breaking the glass, you might ask a watchmaker or repair shop for assistance.
Just try it! :D
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Mikaceous Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's really cool^^
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Metal-Gabriel Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's just so cool!
Always wanted one of those [one the six (?) left]

Congratulations, you rock
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rain2shine Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Um, I thought the church destroyed almost all of them... There is the one that Lyra has and the one that the church keeps and reads... Anywhere else?
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Metal-Gabriel Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know... I thought that in the first book someone mentions church destroyed all but six of them, but that's all.
The only ones really appearing in the story are those two you mentioned ;]
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rain2shine Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just heard the third part again and there Lord Asriel has an Alethiometrist, too, who works for him and the Republic of heaven... So at least three of them are in use! And mine, of course, in my coat pocket, which makes 4 of them ;)
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n1starwarsfan Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
that looks legit! Well done! I loved that series, but I thought the movie was a bit of a dissapointment... They generally are.

Beautiful work though. Are all those symbols accurate?
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rain2shine Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
jup, those are the symbols used in the book and movie.
The movie was visually very nice, but it lacked the real story completely. I was so disappointed by the false happy ending that I stood outside with my fried and screamed and shouted so loud that people jumped away from us. hihi.
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n1starwarsfan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
yeah, I feel you there. They tried to make the movie for kids, which it shouldn't be. Those books are dark, scary, and gritty, which is what makes them sooooo goood.
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Ratchet-lombris Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
this is beautiful....
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Omnitelik Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! I love it! And His Dark Materials was one of the best book series ever written!
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TimBakerFX Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very nicely done :) I love making and mod-ing watches...
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Lobitah Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist
Oh my god. This is amazing. I always wanted one but I am terrible creating stuff. This is an incredible piece of art. I really wished I had one :( Amazing!
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rain2shine Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
perhaps I should make some for the black market
*teehee*
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Lobitah Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist
Oh mai gawd you should D: I would sooo get one.
...or two :meow:
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rain2shine Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hm... I'm thinking about making some with non-copyrighted symbols.
Such as horoscopes or tarot... and I'd call them horascopes ^.^
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Lobitah Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist
That sounds like an insane idea! :heart: Do want!
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StrawberryKestrel Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
It tells the truth, I hope? ;) I looove the books and I love how you created your own adorable alethiometer. It's pretty and it (kinda) works! Well done, Rain!!
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rain2shine Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
*g*
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Benthor Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010   Photographer
Do like :D
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Perzikhoofd Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is... truly amazing! <33
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BohemianResources Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
wicked cool
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sluggoweezul Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Great idea.
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FallenAnn Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful : )
In fact, I love this book too, and since I started to read I was wondering, how the alethiometer may look like :D
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rain2shine Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My book had a picture on the first inner page... Actually it should have three regulators for the three watch hands and a closeable lid.
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Old-PaleoClipper Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
How to you get all the parts out without breaking the watch?
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rain2shine Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I lifted the glass off the watch using something small and pointy as a lever... but I scraped the glass a bit while doing so. Then take out the normal clock face, insert the printed cutout, and press the glass lid back on.

It needs to be a "skeleton watch" type from the very beginning, so that the watch gear is visible!

I was thinking about making a tutorial about how to disassemble clocks, but I've got no time for that at the moment...
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Old-PaleoClipper Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand not having time for things you want to do.

Thank you though! I shall try to remove the glass next time instead of the back.
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rain2shine Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
if you want to remove the whole inner watch, not just the watch face, then you should open the back... and pull out the knob thing at the side. After that, it comes loose.
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Old-PaleoClipper Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yah, that's how I usually do it, but then you cant work the watch anymore.
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