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« on: June 23, 2004 12:15:38 PM »

If you like making interesting clocks, try checking out your local Asian grocery. Many Asian cookies and teas are stored in metal tins and have interesting Chinese writing and/or art. Here's one I made:
http://www.ofadam.com/tantalum/tongtai.jpg
The gold lettering and the hands match wonderfully. Make sure your tin will be big enough (bring the clock hardware you plan to use with you to the grocery) and that you can easily change the batteries. That's the one drawback with the clock I made... I'll have to remove the innards to change the battery because the opening is at the top.
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2004 01:01:14 PM »

That's such a pretty clock! I like how the hands aren't centered like they usually are. It's a very unique idea. Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2004 07:55:13 PM »

wowowow! that is so beautiful. i have a bunch of old tins that i've collected from friends, (grand) parents and other people, that would be such a good idea for them. thanks for sharing Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2004 08:13:48 AM »

Wow !  Very creative idea and sounds quick also !!! I'm thinking it's a great gift  also.  hmmmmmmmmmmm....now can I part with some of my tins Huh Undecided Undecided
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2004 02:40:07 PM »

I love love love it! Where do you get the clock hardware? About how much does it cost?
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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2004 08:07:17 AM »

I love love love it! Where do you get the clock hardware? About how much does it cost?

Supposedly hardware stores carry clockworks (I haven't really looked, but they always say that on Trading Spaces), and you can buy them online at http://www.walnuthollow.com/catalogimages/clockmaking.pdf.  They're pretty cheap - $3 or $4.
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2004 06:59:23 AM »

cute, Michaels and Whale Mart sell them too.
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2004 01:26:19 PM »

Hello, I am new here and thought this would be a good place for my question.  In the book, Killer Tea Cosies, there is a pattern for "Big Ben."  This cozy looks like a clock but is completely sewn.  I would like to put an actual clock mechanism onto the felt material so when it says Tea Time, any time will be Tea Time (as opposed to sewing a clock that's permanently set to Tea Time).
Here's the question: How well would one of these clock mechanisms work on fabric?  If I used something like cardboard to stiffen the fabric around that area, would it work better?  Also, how about the heat off the teapot...will that affect the clock mechanism? 
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2004 02:18:10 PM »

Hi ludditegeek!  If you have the room on the shaft where the hands turn, washers on either side of the material would take care of the hands sticking to the fabric.  I don't know if heat will be a factor.  The problem I see is that you'd have to make the tea cosy large enough to accomodate the back part of the clock -- the square plastic box the contains all the intricate bits.  I think they're about 3/4" deep, and maybe 3"x3".  Post-it note pad sized, only thicker.  That's a pretty big and rigid structure to accomodate.  I have pathetically limited sewing skills, and would have a tough time with that.  Maybe make the cosy and then sew a pocket to the outside to fit the clock parts?  It wouldn't have the appliqued look you may be attempting, but it's an option, and you wouldn't have to worry about heat.  Good luck, and I'd be curious to see a photo of the project when you're done!
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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2004 10:21:13 AM »

Thanks for the suggestion bookgirl!  I still have many other projects I have to finish before I even start the cozy (christmas present making time is about to begin for me), but I'll post a pic when it is done. 
Oh, and I like your avatar, looks similar to my own.  Mine is a pic of me hugging my great-grandmother back when I was about 5, what's yours of?
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