Got a little time on your hands? Make a cool clock with a funky number arrangement that still tells time.
This clock gets its modern look from the seemingly haphazard number placement. But as long as each number is along the proper axis, the clock’s hands will point to the right time. To set off the silver-leafed numbers, skip the craft paint and drive yourself to the auto parts store for metallic car paint. After all, this ain’t your grandfather’s clock!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Clock kit (for 3/8-inch thick surface)
Set of silver clock hands
Wooden square, 12 inches by 12 inches (¼-inch thick)
Wooden craft numbers, 1½ inch tall
Bright Aqua Metallic automotive spray paint
Black spray paint
Metal Leaf Adhesive Size (gold leaf glue)
Drill bit, 5/16 inch
Piece of string, 8 inches long
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
1. Mark the center of the wooden square and drill a hole 5/16 of an inch in diameter. Spray paint the surface and sides of the square with the automotive spray paint.
2. Spray paint the front and sides of the wooden numbers black and let dry. Paint the fronts of the numbers with the Metal Leaf Adhesive and apply the silver leaf according to the directions on the package.
3. To determine where the numbers go, place a wristwatch in the center of the wooden square. Create a guideline by stretching a string from the center of the watch straight up through the number 12 on the watch and out to the edge of the wooden square. Hot glue the wooden number 12 anywhere along this guideline. Repeat for each number.
4. To attach the clock mechanism, start by removing the components from the shaft. Lay them out in the order you removed them. Place the rubber cushion on the shaft first, then insert the shaft through the hole in the wooden square. Place the small brass washer on the shaft followed by the hex nut. Screw the hex nut onto the shaft holding the back of the clock mechanism. Attach the silver hour hand first and press lightly. Next attach the minute hand. Lightly screw the minute nut in place then top the shaft with the second hand. Add the battery and set the time with the dial on the back of the clock mechanism.
Bright Idea: The silver leaf will naturally oxidize and form a pretty patina. But if you prefer a bright and shiny look, seal the numbers with spray sealant.