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« on: June 01, 2006 12:01:07 PM »

Kitschy Beads an' Baubles Clock
   
I just couldn't resist this challenge! ..After locating several bags of stash I was surprised to find I already had pom poms, gimp and chenille stems ... not to mention countless other items that might come in useful one day, one of which was a clock mechanism, I'd bought it ages ago with the intention of making a clock from an old vinyl..... Decision made, my challenge 12 entry was 'probably!'  going to be a clock!

Playing around with the pom poms and thinking of the round vinyl gave me the idea of a Howard Miller style clock ...and it went on from there....

 
  Here's a pic of the ingredients I used!

Gimp, pom poms, chenille stems, wire coat hangers, a clock mechanism, and  a brass washer


I drilled 12 holes into the washer for the sections of wire coat hanger to go into so that each would represent an hour on the clock
I found the wire wouldn't stay in the washer so I soldered it into the holes:



I ditched the vinyl and instead decided to weave the gimp around the spokes like this:



The hands on the clock were too small for the design so I used the chenille stems to extend the existing hands, glueing them on using a glue gun,
I trimmed the wire spokes to different lengths and glued on the pom-poms!



This is my first real attempt at Kitsch and it's growing on me in a weird sort of way!!







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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2006 12:04:17 PM »

that is *so* cute!  great job
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2006 12:06:06 PM »

that is way cute. My boyfriend just bought me a clock kinda like this for my birthday!! Very good job! <3
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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2006 12:06:50 PM »

Oh wow!  That's awesome!  Does the clock work?
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2006 12:12:29 PM »

Hi :-)

Yes it works, although i had to trim a bit of the chenille from the base of one of the hands because the second hand was catching it a bit!! I guess the people who designed the clock mechanism never considered it might fall into the hands of a mad craftster ;-)
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2006 12:25:15 PM »

That is soo cool! It's like camp-meets-modern-art. Awesome!!
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2006 12:36:20 PM »

Whoaaa... Cool Clock!

I love what you have done with the assorted crafty items  Grin

How did you drill the holes in the washer? That looks like you could put a hole in a finger if you didn't have a drill press.

Great Job!
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2006 12:51:54 PM »

it's Miller time!

ha!  i love mid century modern stuff. . .and i've always wanted one of these clocks.  great job!

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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2006 01:09:25 PM »

i think i'm in love...with a clock
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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2006 01:24:52 PM »

OMG - that is just too cute
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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2006 01:44:53 PM »

I <3 this Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2006 02:15:06 PM »

Too.  Cool.  Way cooler than my own kitschy craft, which I admit I have yet to take photos of. Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2006 03:50:49 PM »

That is brilliant.  So chic!  I love it!
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« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2006 03:53:02 PM »

Pretty darned cool.  And useful.

I would love one of these!
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« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2006 04:20:31 PM »

Wow... I guess I like pom pom crafts! What a great twist on the design. Good job!
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« Reply #15 on: June 01, 2006 08:26:20 PM »

a-mazing.
wow.
i love it!
i must make it for my own. :]
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« Reply #16 on: June 02, 2006 06:14:20 AM »

I think it's a great first attempt. Very neat idea!
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« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2006 09:32:47 AM »

this is so cute!
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« Reply #18 on: June 02, 2006 11:12:04 AM »

That is such a neat idea.  I love it!  I am constantly being amazed at the creativity on this website.  I think this is going to be a hard challenge to vote for.....
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« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2006 05:17:35 PM »

I really have to admit that I am amazed at the simple elegance of the clock, as well as several of the other crafts, posted so far. I applaud all of the creativity!  Smiley

This is really going to be a tough challenge to pick a winner.

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« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2006 05:59:23 PM »

I freaking love that clock!  Oh, the colors and who can resist pom poms??  If you don't mind, I think someday I'm going to steal your idea and make myself a clock just like yours.
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« Reply #21 on: June 03, 2006 06:04:10 AM »

That is pretty awesome!
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« Reply #22 on: June 03, 2006 01:34:18 PM »

I actually really like that.. very cute! Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: June 05, 2006 02:05:23 AM »

Here's a tutorial, if anyone's having a go at making one and gets stuck let me know and Ill try to help :-)

Materials needed:

3 Wire coat hangers
2 chenille stems
4 1.75" pom poms
8 1" pom poms
8 lengths of white gimp
1 Clock mechanism
1 chunky brass washer (doesn't have to be brass, can be any metal you can solder to)



Equipment needed:
Soldering iron, solder and flux
A vice
A drill
Wire cutters
A glue gun

1.    I marked 12 equally spaced points on outer edge of the brass washer. I drilled a hole at each of the points, not too deep just to about 1/8 of an inch, this took quite a while because for each hole I had to reposition the washer in the vice.

2.   I cut 4x 7.5" lengths of wire from each of the coat hangers, this should give you 12 spindles, one for each hour on the clock.



3.  I soldered each of the spindles into a hole on the washer, using a soldering iron, solder and a flux, be extra careful as the brass will get extremely hot... as I found out! - It was my first time soldering brass, I'd only ever soldered foil tape and wire in the past and I found brass very different to work with

4.   Firstly I wove the gimp around the spokes going over, behind and back over each spoke but I wasn't happy with the finished result, it looked very cobwebby and fairly gappy so I unpicked it all and then I tried just doing basic under and over weaving this worked much better but was a bit of a pain because you really need an uneven number of spokes to do this, so it was either put 13 hours on the clock or once on each round go behind two spokes... I've never been too much of a reformist so I opted for the latter!!



5.   Originally I had pictured the clock with spokes all at the same length but when I arranged the pom poms into position they looked a bit lost, I think if I'd used bigger pom poms this might have worked but I didn't have 12 large pom poms so I played around with what I had until I came up with my design, here's what the possibilities looked like... pls excuse my feet!!!





6.   Using wire cutters I trimmed the spokes to the lengths decided and glued on the pom poms using a glue gun, if you don't have a glue gun any multi-purpose glue would probably do the job

7.   To fit the clock together I had to undo the front of the mechanism (this is normal!!) The washer than had to be placed onto the mechanism and the small mechanism nut screwed back on to keep it all in place

8.   Lastly I bent the chenille stems into the shapes of clock hands and again with the glue gun I glued them onto the hands of the clock mechanism, I found that I needed to trim the chenille at the base of the minutes hand because it was preventing the second hand from going round!





This has been my first challenge and I've really enjoyed it, I normally design crochet patterns and make stained glass so this was something completely different, something i'd never have thought of doing it it wasn't for the challenge! :-)

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« Reply #24 on: June 05, 2006 09:50:48 AM »

That clock rocks!! must of taken an age to make Grin
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« Reply #25 on: June 06, 2006 12:56:00 AM »

I don't know how long it took! - probably a couple of hours, - I was so engrossed in making it i didn't notice the time!!
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« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2006 01:41:14 AM »

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« Reply #27 on: June 06, 2006 10:04:09 AM »

Really fun!  Nice job   Cheesy
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« Reply #28 on: June 06, 2006 08:55:30 PM »

Great job!  I would definately put that on my wall at home.  Actually I could use one in the office to cheer me up when that 2pm slump rolls around.
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« Reply #29 on: June 06, 2006 09:05:49 PM »

didn't notice the time? you mean while you were making time?  Cheesy  I love your clock! It will fit right in with the new retro modern thing with all the fifties stuff coming back! And the seventies too. Funny going through the seventies clothes didn't look as bad at the time as they do now!   Grin
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« Reply #30 on: June 08, 2006 10:36:36 AM »

didn't notice the time? you mean while you were making time? 

LOL  Cheesy

..wow people are voting for my clock YAY!  thanks everyone  Kiss
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« Reply #31 on: June 09, 2006 08:54:33 PM »

What a great idea!!  I love it.
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« Reply #32 on: June 10, 2006 05:02:09 AM »

hey i voted!! i love it ,and i found a clock mechanism yesterday in a pile of forgotten stuff so im going to give it a go too,(i hope you dont mind Huh) thanks for the inspiration Grin
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« Reply #33 on: June 10, 2006 11:27:19 AM »

Hey, no, i don't mind at all  Grin good luck with it :-) .... let me know how you get on, and maybe post a pic on here??  Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: June 11, 2006 04:00:38 PM »

I am really amazed. It looks awesome!
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