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« on: July 10, 2006 12:37:47 AM »

This is my second favourite clock, my giant wall clock.  I made two of these a few months ago, one for my mom (her birthday gift) and one for me (and to ferret out problems so my mom's was perfect).

For how large and cool it is, it's surprisingly simple!

I took a piece of 1/4" thick foam board, sized 20x30 (only size HL has of 1/4", kinda dictated my final size), and cut it to 20" square.  That cool sunburst design?  It's a quilting fabric!  I glued the fabric to the front and to make sure it stayed, duct taped the edges on the back.  The hardest part was making a hole for the clock movement -- on mine I sat and spent hours carving the hole with an exacto knife.  On my mom's I cut a rectangle out, sliced it thin, and taped it back in before putting the fabric on (still don't quite like that, I think I may use a couple layers of matboard for the base next time). 

The hour indicators are large flat backed clear gems from the floral department (1 lb bag for $1.99, half off during sales), hot glued on.  The movement and hands I had to order from Klockit http://www.klockit.com -- the largest hands carried at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or Joann's are 4" and I needed 8".  The movement was $7.25 and the hands another couple bucks.  I painted mine with yellow glow-in-the-dark paint. 

On my mom's clock (I don't think I put those pics on my computer yet, sorry) her fabric has pink and purple roses with gold accents (goes with the living room wallpaper), her hour indicators are lilac roses (flowering bush from floral, $2.99 and half off on sale), and I painted her hands pink.  She also got fancier hands.

Then I took 20" sectional frames and put that together and added the hangers that go with and frame wire. 

Total cost -- the movement added to the cost because of it having to be a special high-torque movement for the clock's size (plus the shipping cost), but at about $10 for that, $10 for the frame, $1.50 for the foam board, $1 for the gems, and $3.50 worth of fabric, I made a really cool clock for about $25!

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2006 03:52:55 AM »

I absolutely Looooooooooooove this!!  I love unusual clocks and watches.  This is beautiful and very unique.  Great material!!   Shocked
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2006 06:23:34 AM »

Yeah definitely very unique, great idea.  Smiley  I love clocks too and I hardly ever see really cool ones that are affordable...
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2006 08:49:47 AM »

I love this.... Can you get the clockwork in stores or just online?
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2006 06:37:35 PM »

I love this.... Can you get the clockwork in stores or just online?


So far I've only found the high torque movement online, although the one particular place I ordered from, Klockit, does have a physical store in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  But they specialize in clock making parts.  Your regular craft stores most likely will only have the regular run-of-the-mill movement, at least the ones in my area do.  I really didn't even find many places online that carried the high-torque movement.  Guess not many people are insane like me and want to make 20" clocks!  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2006 04:10:25 PM »

This is so fricking cute....I really wish I was more crafty. Props on the clock.....I love it!
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2006 06:46:20 PM »

That is so awesome!  Great job!   Grin
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2006 08:49:35 PM »

It's AMAZING! Is actually putting together the clock parts relatively simple or would I need to look that up?
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2006 10:01:21 PM »

It's AMAZING! Is actually putting together the clock parts relatively simple or would I need to look that up?

Thanks!  Smiley

Putting together a clock is actually pretty easy.  Most movements should have the diagram included.  But basically, you put the movement's shaft through the hole in your clock face, slide on the washer and screw on the hex nut to hold it on.  The hour hand gets slid on, then the minute hand and you add a screw to hold the minute hand on -- open if you're adding a second hand, or a capped style if not.  And that's it!  The hardest part IMO is lining up the numbers where they belong (but then I found that Klockit offers a set of layout circles, yay!)

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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2006 07:02:21 PM »

thats amazing! make me one! haha jk but really it looks great.
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