October 28, 2009

Photo Clocks

I have been working on a couple altered photo clocks for Christmas presents this year. I wanted to post them but realized that I will have to wait until after Christmas. :) Luckily, I do have photos of two clocks that I made a couple years ago. I am not sure, but I think I got this idea from one of Donna Downy's "altered" books. I have this book and this one that I use for design ideas.

Both of the clocks that I am going to show you, were made with 9 x 12 rectangle wood plaques that I purchased at Michaels. I painted the edges to complement the papers that I was going to use on the face of each clock. You may also want to do a little sanding to smooth out any of the rough spots on the wood. Once the paint was dry, I decoupaged the main paper to the front of the wood or what will be the "face" of your clock. Then I decided on a placement for my clock mechanism, also purchased at Michaels, and carefully drilled the correct size hole, this varies depending on the size clock mechanism you purchase. I think Friskars makes a hand drill or you can use the hand held electric kind from the hardware store. Once the hole was drilled, I decorated the face of the clock. I used complementing papers, photos, and a quote, but the possibilities are limitless.

Here is a view of the first clock, before I put in the clock mechanism. This clock was for my best friend. At the time she was a single mom with two kids so I chose to put just the number 3, to signify the 3 of them, on the face. The photos are black and whites with distressed edges. The other papers are edged in black, the "love" is a rub-on and  I printed the quote on the paper.

The photo below shows the finished clock.

Below is the second clock. I made this one for my aunt and uncle. The picture that I used was one that they took on their way to Sturgis. While looking for Harley and motorcycle themed paper, I  found a cool 12 x 12 inch piece of "tin" diamond paper. The other papers and sticker are from the Harley scrapbook collection and the photo was printed on this.

One note about these clocks. The clock mechanics is in a little box about 2" x 2" and 3/4" deep, so the plaque/clock cannot lay flush against the wall. There is a hanger on the box but depending on where you place the clock on your plaque, it may make it difficult to hang the clock level. I went to Ross and found two iron plate hangers, they worked perfectly. They both were white so I just sprayed the one I sent with the Harley clock, black.

If you have any questions you can email me.

Have a great day! :)


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  2. My Aunt and Uncle would love this clock they are Harley People. Very cool idea.


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