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Topic: source for clock kit with silver shaft and quiet movement  (Read 962 times)
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« on: June 01, 2009 07:06:59 PM »

So, I searched the whole entire world (or, at least, Google Images and Kaboodle) for THE CLOCK.  You know the one?  The one that totally adds that special touch to your artistic vision of your bedroom, but doesn't wake you in the middle of the night with its incessant tick-tick-tick ,and doesn't cost an arm and a leg?  The clock of your dreams?  Well, I didn't find it.  So I'm going to make it!  (Story of my life.  This is why, if I ever get married, my mom is totally planning my wedding.  Otherwise, I will find myself hand-printing cocktail napkins in the middle of the night.) 

BUT it must have silver or white hands (ideally, silver).  All of klockit.com's movements have a gold shaft, and I can't stand mixing metals!  And it must either not have a second hand or (preferably) have a "continuous movement" second hand.  Do any clock-making divas know where I would find such a thing? 

If I really had to, I think I could just spray-paint the shaft and and cap white and go with white hands.  I think the nubbly texture of silver paint would contrast too much with smooth silver hands, so I don't think that would work.

« Last Edit: June 01, 2009 07:07:43 PM by Juniper_Ann » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2009 07:16:41 PM »

if you don't mind cannabalising another clock, or shopping at walmart (it could be another store too) I have taken clock movements with hands from $5 clocks to make better ones. they are quite simple to take apart and use over again, and still have it work.

or... you could spray paint hands you already like (or use metallic nail polish!)

or... what else? ah. you could make your own hands to go on a movement, if you have the tools and materials to do so. it would just need to fit the shaft properly for each hand.

good luck and don;t forget to post when you do find one!!

I love clocks Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2009 09:00:28 PM »

Thank you.  That's a good idea.  The problem is that cheap clocks tend to have loud "ticks" and it's difficult (mentally) to cannibalize a not-as-cheap clock.  But I will definitely keep that in mind as a possibility.
« Last Edit: June 01, 2009 09:37:35 PM by Juniper_Ann » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2009 04:08:42 PM »

it might work if you are careful Smiley

I personally love the ticking of clocks and it puts me to sleep, doesn't keep me awake at all!

I wonder who might carry a cheap noiseless clock...

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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2009 07:31:11 PM »

you could try "rub n' buff" to turn the gold tone parts silver (or something similar, maybe a bit of silver leaf you can pick up at a craft store... rub n' buff is a wax finish that goes on quite smooth and with enough buffing gets quite shiny). Rough them up a bit first with some sand paper if they're metal so they're not completely smooth as it won't stick to a smooth surface. I don't know if it will work in this case, but it's worth a shot before you settle on painting it all white. Silver paint might be alright too since it's not the most visible parts of the clock that need painting (if you find silver hands).
good luck with your clock!
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