The Illusionist Locket

Topics: Sandpaper, OSI model, Fasteners Pages: 12 (3509 words) Published: September 14, 2013
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Last Christmas, I decided to make my girlfriend the locket from the Illusionist ..For those of you who haven't seen exactly what this locket is, here is a scene from the movie ... As far as i know, in the movie, they used two lockets and didn't actually make a working one. As you can imagine, after some people saw this cool locket, they wanted to make a working one, myself included. The first thing I did after I decided to make the locket was to have a quick google search. one of the most usefull links I found was and from instructales user Pushan Panda (

I wanted to make it more than a plain locket, to have some detail in the front and back surface so that it was visually more appealing. With this in mind, I started looking up veneers. I then had the idea of making the front and back surface from two separate materials so there was a full depth inlay.

I came up with a few designs for the front, from the butterfly seen in the movie to stars and horse shoes. In the end, I decided to go with a stylised A (her first initial) and used a Celtic script ( I'm Irish :P )

If you like this instructable, please vote for it in the holiday gift competition and in the instructable design contest. Thank you!! :D

Here is a video of my locket:

Note: I have made two of these now. A replacement was made and some of the things learned from the first attempt were applied here. This means that images from both lockets are used, but they were the exact same so no biggie. Thanks to Anna for recording the video.

Step 1: Bill of materials and equipment

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So, when I made the locket, I had access to a laser cutter in a local school. This doesn't mean this can't be done without one though!!!! If you have a scroll saw, you could manage this project with some patience and some fresh blades. I used a scroll saw to make a larger scale one before I made the actual one and it should be no problem to do. Anyway, here is the list of equipment:

* Sand paper ( some fine, medium and coarse grades)
* Laser cutter or Scroll saw,
* Scalper with good blades,
* Good tweezers,
* Glue ( I used super thin model aircraft super-glue but regular super-glue will do too..any strong glue that adheres well to wood and acrylic should do) * Glue remover( for your fingers :P)

* Fine drill bit(same diameter as magnets)
* Pin vice for drill bit ( can use drill but be carefull!!!) * Table saw or bandsaw
* Needle nose pliers
* Drill or lathe( wood lathe is fine)
* Fret saw (makes life easier)
* Jewelers files (optional)
Please, do not use any tools that you are unfamiliar with!! Ask for help!! Some of these tools can be very dangerous and should be treated with care. I take no responsibilities for any injuries sustained in the process manufacturing this locket. You've been warned....

* 3mm Arcylic( don't need much but may need to make a few test pieces, 100mm x 100mm should be enough) * Your wood of choice. Pick one that'll look good and has a nice grain. I used walnut. (again, you may need bits for testing so minimum 40mm x 40 mm x 100mm block * Wooden dowel for the split pin approx 10mm diameter but it'll be reduced later. * Varnish + brush( I used Ronseal Ultra Tough Satin Coat, Clear) * Some strong wire to make the loop to attach the chain ( I used...
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