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« on: March 07, 2011 04:53:02 PM »

When I first read the challenge description I immediately thought of this project, as it has been on my list of things to do ever since I saw one somewhere. I'm super excited about the result.

The Book Clock!



The colors are nearly true-to-life, but in reality the book is a greenish-grey and the insides of the dots are just green. And the green coordinates very well with the green design on the spine.

I will admit I felt a little bad about defacing what could be good literature, but decided while cutting a hole in the pages that it really didn't look very good. Sorry Nick Tosches.

Went to the thrift store to find an ugly and cheap clock to disassemble, and was lucky enough to find one with pretty hands. Then I searched for a book without any writing on the cover that would be fat enough to house the clock mechanism.

I covered the spine of the book (which was water-damaged and had an embossed title) with a strip of wallpaper from one of my many wallpaper sample books, and used other coordinating wallpaper to make the numbers and dots.

Because I'm in love with this wallpaper, here's a closeup of the spine. It has gorgeous texture and almost looks like fabric. If it was fabric, I'm pretty sure I'd make my wedding dress out of it.



The hardest part was spacing the number markers out properly, but I managed to do it without a calculator or protractor.

Front view, that better shows the roman numerals and other dot markers.



Hope you all like it! Comments and criticisms welcome, especially since I'm not usually a papercrafter.
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2011 05:33:20 PM »

This is an AWESOME project!!!!  I LOVE that you used stuff you had or found cheaply.  And it LOOKS GREAT!!!!! I LOVE it!!! I totally need on of these for my room now!!!! rofl *two thumbs WAY WAY UP*  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2011 05:44:17 PM »

Your clock and my light need to get together and make a beautiful library. =]
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2011 05:03:16 AM »

Very cool!
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2011 07:28:44 PM »

Gosh, that is awesome. I want one! It seriously looks like something you'd find in a high-end store that us small folk could never afford. If I ever get over my anxiety about cutting up books, I might try to make one myself.
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2011 03:12:44 PM »

oh my gosh this is like 16 kinds of awesome! and I have NO anxiety about deconstructing books whatsoever...

I'm guessing it's a standard battery operated clock mechanism with a hollow cut out of the pages right? I totally NEED one of these... I even have several suitable books on hand already...
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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2011 02:45:32 PM »

love this, functional AND elegant!
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2011 04:11:50 PM »

I love this! looks great
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2011 02:41:40 PM »

That looks really cool!
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