Monday, 3 October 2011

How To Make A Clock

Some times with a craft project you want to create something which has a lot of wow factor but wont take a long time to master. This project takes no time at all and who could fail to be impressed when you show them your own personalised clock. This is also makes a great gift as you can personalise it with a photo or favourite piece of art and adorn it in a way that reflects their personality. As this clock is using china tea cups I decided to go with a Marie Antoinette theme using a copy of an out of copyright painting of the notoriously spoilt queen who was famous for her love of splendour.

You will need
An A3 size photograph or picture (this should be on normal drawing paper as its going to varnished and you don’t want it to run)
A piece of MDF or medium thickness wood approximately the same size as your picture. This is to form your clock base (for this clock I used 12mm chipboard)
A small clock mechanism (these can be purchased on line for about £4)
Four small china teacups and saucers (children’s tea sets are perfect and very inexpensive)
A drill with a tile bit (this is important as a normal drill will shatter china)
A jigsaw
Quick drying varnish and a brush
Screws and screwdriver
String and pencil
Craft mount spray
Wood glue
Safety goggles and dust mask
Table clamp

Step One
Tie a piece of string to your pencil, use your drawing pin to secure it to the middle of your piece of wood and use it to draw a perfect circle. Alternatively you can always draw around a large plate or even a plant pot.

Step Two
Clamp your piece of wood onto either your workbench or table. Always clamp so the wood is not directly under the bench, otherwise you could end up cutting through the bench as well. It’s really important that your wood is clamped correctly, as you don’t want it to slip. Wear a dust mask when doing this as the dust gets everywhere and use safety goggles in case of flying debris. It may not look cool but it’s really important. Use your jigsaw to cut following the circle shape you have drawn on.

Step Three
Cut your picture out using your MDF circle as a template. Then spray mount the MDF and stick down your picture. Do this outside if you can or in a well ventilated room wearing a mask. You now have your clock base.

Step Four
Varnish the whole base. This will give your clock a nice slightly aged appearance. Leave to dry.
Step Five
Drill four holes all the way through your clock base at the four points where 12, 3, 6 and 9 would go on a clock face. Also drill a hole in the dead centre of the base. This will be for your clock fitting.

Step Five
Wearing safety goggles use your drill to make corresponding holes in the bottom of each china cup and through each saucer. Put some water in the bottom of each cup and saucer to keep the drill and china cool.

Step Six
Put wood glue on the back of the clock mechanism and attach it to the base. Leave to dry.

Step Seven
Put wood glue on the bottom of each saucer and glue these to the front of the base. Leave to dry.

Step Eight
Affix your cups to the saucers using long screws or bolts.

Step Nine
Fix the clock hands to the clock mechanism spindle, which will be poking, through the middle.

Step Nine
Attach a wall hanging fixing on the back of your clock. You can make your clock look even more magical with the addition of fake ivy, little bird’s even ribbons on your teacup handles.

Step Ten
 Hang your clock happy in the knowledge that it is a one off and cost less than a tenner. Every time you check the time you can congratulate yourself on what a craft sensation you are.

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  1. You make it all look so fun and easy!

    I follow you via my google reader and on twitter :)

  2. You make it look so easy...but again it's never going to happen. Loving your work though!

  3. What a cute DIY. You make everything look so easy! Have a great week. xo, rv

  4. So cute! I always wanted to make my own clock but didn't know how to jazz it up bar doodling on the face with sharpies. Thanks!
    If I get around to making this, I'll link you! xxx

  5. PS; follow on twitter via ScarletPout and email is amiifitblrAThotmailDOTcoDOTuk

  6. Hello Betty Bee!!! That clock idea is brilliant!! I want to do a Napoleon one!
    I'm already following you so please can I enter this!

  7. Hi Everyone. Thanks for all the nice comments.This craft project is fairly easy and makes a great gift-you don't have to be quite as ahem flamboyant as me. Im a little bit obsessed with Marie Antoinette (especially the sophia copolla film) so went slightly ooh la la.
    You are all now entered in the giveaway which I use random number generator for on friday evening so good luck xx

  8. What a fabulous idea you are so brave with all those power tools they scare be half to death !
    The clock is beautiful btw

  9. Great idea.....I wouldn't be brave enough to drill the china though, I'd end up with a greek inspired clock!! Loving all of your craft projects xxx

  10. Hi great post i follow your blog with bloglovin and I also follow you on twitter love that your inspiring people to stay crafty :)

    Enter me for the fab candle comp would look awesome in my new flat


  11. Hiya!

    I love this idea! Looks so pretty!

    I have re-tweeted- please consider me an entry to win the tea cup candle! Soooo pretty! Keep up the great work- I love it!

    Btw we are wearing the same dress! Good choice! ;•)

  12. I love it! But to save me a little 'time' (pardon the pun) couldn't I just buy yours? ;))

  13. The prettiest blog on the block - love it, it cheers me up every day. Want that candle! x

  14. ooooooooooooo I'd love that candle. I keep meaning to have a go at making one of these myself but not got round to it yet. I follow your blog and have put about your giveaway on mine
    Thanks x

  15. Thanks for all the great comments. Good luck with the competition xxx

  16. Love that you DIY all dolled up! X

  17. The winner of the competition is Lisa oakley. Congratulations Lisa. We will be running a new competition on Monday xx


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