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March 16, 2015 AT 5:00 pm

DIY Pocket Watch Pinhole Camera

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Make your own pinhole pocket watch pinhole camera via instructables

I’m not exactly sure what stream of thoughts lead to this idea. I had been looking for an interesting way to use optics or lenses on a ring or necklace. Days of searching early thoughts lead me to other ideas and still other ideas. I tested various lenses I had lying around trying to make something cool happen until I gave up and decided to create something that works with natural optics. A pinhole camera requires only an aperture (pinhole) and light. I found an old cheap pocket watch I had lying around and set to work trying to make everything fit within.

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Materials for Camera

pocket watch
toilet paper roll
cardstock
thin leather
quick dry tacky glue
black acrylic paint
paintbrush
tape
sheet of paper
aluminum (a soda can will do)
straight pin
small piece of small link chain
small piece of firm foam
small flat head screwdriver (or other tool to open the back of the pocket watch)
E-6000 glue
black yarn
scissors
fine tip marker
circle punch (slightly smaller than the inside of your watch)
dremel with cutting bit (This tool is optional if you can find another option for step 7. So, if you don’t have a dremel, you’ll just need to be creative.)

Full tutorial


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