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Nocturnal Watch ($18)

Nocturnal Watch ($18) 3d printed Art Accessories This is the nocturnal printed in the White Detail material, then soaked in a cup of cold strong tea overnight, and dried and buffed with a paper napkin. I love the extra definition the tea stain gives the details, and the aged look it provides!
This is the nocturnal printed in the White Detail material, then soaked in a cup of cold strong tea overnight, and dried and buffed with a paper napkin. I love the extra definition the tea stain gives the details, and the aged look it provides!
  • Frosted Ultra Detail

    Matte translucent plastic that showcases fine and intricate details.

    $22.89

The nocturnal (or nocturlabe) is a very old instrument for telling time at night by measuring the stars. While concept is ancient, this design is all original. It is fully functional (all dials move properly) and meant to be worn as a pendant. This is now available for sale, as it has been tested and works nicely.

How to Use the Nocturnal:

The top of the nocturnal is where you see a bit of a ring around a spike. This ring can be strung with a chain and makes it possible to wear the nocturnal as a pendant. When reading the nocturnal, this end of the piece should always be up.

Your first step is to set the outermost dial on the date. The months are shown as letters, with January and December at the top, and the progression of the months running *counterclockwise*. Note that the exact position of the letter actually marks the middle of that month. Look closer at the piece and you will see the line that separates the months between the letters.

Now, hold your nocturnal up to the starry night sky, making sure that the date is still properly set. Locate the North Star centred in the hole in the middle of the Nocturnal. Then use the central dial (the one that looks like a pointer) to point to the two stars at the end of the bowl of the *big* dipper.

Once you have this all set. Look closer at the pointer and you will see that within the pointer is an eliptical ring and within this is a smaller pointer. This smaller pointer points to a roman numeral, which shows you the time.

Note again, that the roman numeral is centred on the middle of the hour. So, if the little pointer points in the centre of the numeral, it is in fact half past.

So now you can tell time at night without a powered time piece. This is great for night owls, vampires, and those who appreciate a gothic or steampunk look.

Dimensions

IN: 1.951 w x 1.951 d x 1.951 h
CM: 4.956 w x 1.19 d x 4.946 h

Comments

 
Hi Gfinish - I don't have experience with the forsted ultra detail. All of my experiments were with white detail, back in the day when the newer detail materials were not available. I have died the clear detail material with red wine for a nice bordeux purple however ... maybe that would work? Also, RIT fabric dyes seem to work nicely on many materials.
October 21, 2013, 7:49 pm
@Whystler I bought the Frosted Ultra Detail for my Father-in-Law and soaking in tea didn't work. I suggested soy sauce --but are there other options in case it doesn't work?
October 21, 2013, 5:06 pm
thats gorgeous!
June 5, 2013, 2:13 pm
@ProfessorBeekums hey there! I just used regaulr red rose "orange pekoe" tea.
May 16, 2013, 9:47 pm
This looks amazing! What tea did you use to dye the white detail model?
May 16, 2013, 9:30 pm
Hi Miaka!
January 8, 2013, 6:00 am
Hey @Whystler, we miss you! :)
January 8, 2013, 3:35 am
@Whystler it is awesome to see your design is still so popular after what is a loooong time in the world of 3D printing :)
December 28, 2012, 4:59 pm
@duann yay!! Thank you Duann
December 28, 2012, 4:39 pm
Congrats, your design is in the top 10 most favorited designs of 2012. http://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/1853-The-10-Most-Favorited-3D-Printed-Products-of-2012-on-Shapeways.html
December 28, 2012, 3:33 pm
I bought this as a Christmas present and I absolutely love it! I ordered it in the white plastic. It came looking just like the pictures, with the moving parts. I have not tried using it to tell time yet, but I will write about that when I do.
December 20, 2012, 9:58 pm
does this work in the southern hemmisphere?
February 16, 2012, 11:57 am
Can this be printed in 1:5 scale (even if there is some loss of detail, or even functionality, I need Steamy accessories for a ball jointed doll)
March 28, 2011, 6:40 pm
Gorgeous! I also loved how you managed to dye the white detail.
January 20, 2011, 7:13 am
Excellent idea about the staining! I can't wait to stain my "gyro the cube." I'm very tempted to buy this piece as well, moving parts models are rare.
May 29, 2010, 7:32 am
Excellent idea about the staining! I can't wait to stain my "gyro the cube." I'm very tempted to buy this piece as well, moving parts models are rare.
May 29, 2010, 7:32 am
Amazing! I love the look of the dry brushed one and especially the tea soaked version. It looks awesome, and the model is incredibly detailed.
January 23, 2009, 2:54 am
Amazing! I love the look of both the cry brushed one and the tea soaked one. Incredible detail in the design as well.
January 23, 2009, 2:52 am
hi! will this be available for purchase in titanium as well? pls buzz me if so :-)
January 22, 2009, 8:41 pm
hi! will this be available for purchase in titanium as well? pls buzz me if so :-)
January 22, 2009, 8:41 pm
This is absolutely marvellous! Not only is it very beautiful but it's functional! I'm seriously considering buying a copy of it!
January 21, 2009, 11:56 am
Thanks Reed! I'll be ordering your contest winning piece soon! :) I love it.
January 20, 2009, 4:02 pm
congrats on the contest! This would be a really cool piece to see in titanium.
January 17, 2009, 12:41 am
Alas it only works in the northern hemisphere, since this is the only part of the earth where one can view the North Star.
January 14, 2009, 6:40 pm
Oh! It totally 100% works. I forgot to write this in when I recieved the models. Take a peek at the pictures to see the actual and painted/dyed versions :) I'll put instructions in the main message explaining how to use it.
January 12, 2009, 3:59 pm
Very neat. I've book marked this one and if you report it works once you've had a chance to examine the models. I'll be buying one.
January 11, 2009, 3:26 am