View Full Version : Where can I get gears
10-31-2011, 12:50 PM
I'm trying to find a decent source for gears. I have been trying to get pieces from machines, and such and tried watch repair shows and I can get a good source for them. Anyone know a good source for gears, sockets and the like online preferable not ebay.
Magister of Menoth
10-31-2011, 01:08 PM
10-31-2011, 02:32 PM
Take apart a wind up watch that no longer works. You'll find a plethora of things in one of those.
10-31-2011, 02:47 PM
Go to a clock store and ask to see the scrap bin. I got a handful of gears this way.
10-31-2011, 03:27 PM
Michaels sells them. Metal ones of various sizes and plastic ones by the bag.
Also, I've gotten a few from those white-out tape strip things when they go empty at my office.
10-31-2011, 04:12 PM
Depending on the size, your local scrap merchants could have larger gears. If it is watch size, then yea independent watch repair may be able to help out. Shame you don't want ebay, my wife just bought a 30g bag of watch parts; to make some steampunk jewellery ;)
10-31-2011, 05:38 PM
you can ebay large lots as well
10-31-2011, 05:46 PM
Well I tried ebay twice 2 different vendors and got stiffed twice so I figured I'd avoid ebay.
10-31-2011, 05:50 PM
Gears are in a lot of unexpected places. Electric/water/gas meters have a lot of gears in their register (some utility companies might have some they're throwing away or would sell for scrap). Lots of toys have gears to step up/step down motor speeds, even ones at places like "Dollar Tree".
If you're using as basing material, you could even "copy" ones you like with Oyumaru (Insta-Mold without the premium hobby shop price)and green stuff or Fimo
10-31-2011, 06:19 PM
if you are in the uk try hasselfree miniatures theyre nice people and do lots of interesting bits including clockparts
10-31-2011, 06:57 PM
Sources I have used:
Wind up clocks.
Old sowing machine.
Industrial hand grinder.
I recommend looking at stuff like garage sales, possibly pawn shops. The wind up clock was the best one of the bunch by far, printer close second.
Basically anything with moving parts. Maybe friends/family are throwing anything out that may have broken, I personally have a small stash of potential base material. Don't be afraid to bust something open and look, especially if its going to be thrown away anyhow.
My tips for budget bases, takes a little work to take things apart but if your like then that's half the fun!
11-01-2011, 02:35 AM
Check the bottom of the page. Great website with lots of good stuff. His resin casts are fantastic by the way.
11-01-2011, 09:22 AM
I'll probably go with the dragonforge stuff I love those they terrific
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