21 June, 2012

Design your own fancy clock

A few weeks ago, late one night I was woken up by a loud thud only to find that the clock near the dining table had crashed onto the floor. The glass had shattered into a hundred little pieces and the wooden frame that gave it its antique look was broken too.

clock1 Crying face
Ever had a clock fall off the wall? The next time that happens, you may want to take it as an opportunity for an art and craft project.
Here's what you can do:
  1. Remove the clock hands (it's usually clipped on to or screwed into a little box (the clock's motor with the battery and all) behind the clock.
  2. Run to the art store and pick up some canvas
  3. Make a hole right in the middle of one
  4. Do a painting on it
  5. Fix the clock's motor to the back of the canvas and the hands, to the front and Voila! You have a one-of-a-kind  of clock-cum-artwork.
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At the end of it, your original clock might look a little crippled; that doesn't matter, it's going to the dumpster.
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PS: I suggest you choose a simple picture or design. If you have too much going on or dark colours in the background, you won't be able to see the hands of the clock from a distance.

92 comments:

  1. Divya this is best creativity I came across recently:) Smart reuse!

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    1. Thank you. Now you can do it too. :).

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    2. ...waiting for the 'loud thud'..:):):)

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    3. Me too. Gosh, I sound so evil :)

      Once you work on it, you'll put it up on your blog, right?

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  3. The canvas clock looks lovely, very creative :)

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    1. Thanks Ash. I'm in such a yellowy mood these days. I love your very yellow and happy profile image too. :)

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  4. hey, i liked the idea very much and loved your art work. The clock looks great.

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    1. Thank you Uma. You should try it out too. You could make your little one do some doodling for the background; that would be perfect.

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  5. this is awesome!! i am going to try this today :D

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    1. Deb, please do. Make it your weekend project. If you don't have a broken clock, you can buy one of those motors. And once it's done, put it up or send me a pic. Would love to see it. :).

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  6. Very innovative and the new avatar has much more artistic value.

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    1. :)
      Thank you USP. A friend of mine was so impressed with the idea. So I thought I should share it. It's something everybody can do.

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  7. I have a few old alarm clocks in the shelf. Will try using them in this fashion. A great innovative idea.

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    1. Do it, do it, do it :) They're waiting to be used.
      All the best, Ashwini.

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  8. This is the first time I've been to your website. Thank you for explaining more details.
    Here is my web-site : Furniture Designer Brisbane

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  9. wow, How beautiful!!! Now I know if I ever come to see you what I will want from you!!! (ahem no good with painting/drawing or any creative projects--depend on others):):)

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    1. I promise you a painting, if that will make you catch up with me when you come this side. ;)

      Bhavana, you write beautifully. You ARE creative.

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  10. very creative ...guess i am going to keep looking at my clock until it finally gives up and falls down ;)

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    1. haha!
      You know what to do when that happens ;)(give it a nice tangy tomato twist.)

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  11. Rachna I tried approving your comment from my phone and ended up deleting it. Argh! touch screens can sometimes be annoying.
    I'm so sorry.
    You should ask your son to try this out. Who's more of an artist -- Sid?

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    1. He is not really very creative *guffaws*, but I guess he can try :).

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    2. Of course he has. And be he'll like it this time and turn into a little artists. What are the boys' interests?

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  12. Good Idea! the clock looks cool..........

    Mira’s Talent Gallery

    :-) Mira

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    1. Thank you Mira. I see you have a hobby blog.:) I'll come by soon.

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  13. Divya, You are a creative person...kudos! The watch looks swanky...:)) Great job!

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    1. :)
      Thank you. That's something you can do too. :)

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  14. Fantastic work...but unfortunately can't paint like you! I did find a clock like this at a store called Dastakari recently, they sell unique items made by Indian craftsmen. Check them out, you'll probably like them!

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    1. Thank you. It can be an abstract in the background. I'm sure you can do that. :)
      Dastakari is a store in Delhi? Let me look it up online. Thank you for coming by.

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  15. wow, great idea, am waiting for my old crumbling wall clock to fall :D :P, nyways its a lovely creative thing that you have shared...., but what if the canvass gets a bit dirty every now and den, coz it wont be having any protective covering like a glass unlike yr wall clock i suppose ?? nyways thanx for sharing this ingenious stuff :)

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    1. Wow, you've been doing some thinking, eh! Good question, Saikat.
      Don't worry about the dust. When you paint the whole canvas by giving it a background colour, the holes and the dents get quite filled so there wont be much place for the dust to really settle down. And if you use Camel's Crylic Acrylic paints, it's got a glossy finish, so even if there's a coat of dust on the canvas, you can brush it off easily, just make sure you don't damage those hands of the clock.
      Or just go ahead and get that painting framed. (You still might have to wipe the dust off the glass. haha! I'm sorry, there'll always be work.)
      Now that I've answered your questions, let's continue the wait :).
      Hey howz your cellphone-man doing? Still in one piece?

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  16. This is beautiful-and so original.

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    1. :)
      Thank you. I love the happy face in your profile picture, Indu.

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    1. Thank you. :)
      You do wildlife filming? Wow! I should come by your blog often.

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  18. I would love to make one of these. Looks interesting.

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    1. Please do, Shalu. You'll enjoy doing it and you'll feel even better once it's completed. Have fun.

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  19. awesome way to reuse the broken clock. Kudos :)

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    1. :)
      And now it's a piece of art. Don't forget what you can do with a broken clock, should you have one.

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    1. Please do, Ranjana. Hope you see it on your craft blog soon. Have fun doing it. :)

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  21. nice! This reminds me of an extra clock lying around the house which I redecorated for my kitchen - will surely share it in an upcoming post.

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    1. Thank you, Shilpa.
      Yeah, you should put up a picture on your blog. You can put in your link here also. So everybody who comes this way will have another option.

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  22. Cool idea ad great execution. Now I know what to do when the clock breaks. I 'll head to the art store , get a canvas ad head to your place. :-)

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    1. That's smart. Great idea ;)

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    2. Now that I know who the 'unkown' person behind the comment is, thats -- a superb idea.

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  23. sounds so easy! wonder where i can get some artistic talent?

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    1. It is, Indu (easy I mean):). We should do one together and you'll see how easy it is.

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  24. How creative!!!
    I guess i am purposely going to put the clock down to try this! :p

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    1. Ithu aaru?? ;)
      That's a good idea. And good for you, you can blame it on little S. ;)
      How are you doing? When's YOUR next post going up?

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  25. Divya,

    You are Kool with your hands :))

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    1. Really? :)
      Thank you Ghazala. Glad you liked it.

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  26. Hi DN, New to your blog...enjoyed going thro' your posts...will come back for more...cheers!

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    1. Welcome here, Ashok.
      I'm so glad you liked this blog. Please come back. Would love to interact with you, here. :)

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  27. How I wish you had written this 10 years ago. I broke the wall clock while I was playing tennis and all hell broke loose after. :P

    This is really fantastic. And you have described it so simply and in such detail. Ten years later or not, I am still going to try it. :)

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    1. Please do, Raj, You could put up Cheeky Chuck on your new clock so we'll have a comic clock. :D That'll be super cool. Hey, I'd love to see it, eh.

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    2. Wow.. now that is one super cool idea! :)

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  28. A good idea for sure :) but wont the motor touch the book from inside ..

    I am saying that as I sympathise with what RAJ has said above , I also faced the same problem .. I could have saved myself then :)
    Bikram's

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    1. Hey Bikram, Congratulations on your award.

      I was telling Raj, he could draw out a picture of his Cheeky Chuck on the canvas and put in a little talk bubble maybe, so there'll be a comic/cartoon in the background. It'll be so Raj :D

      Next time there's a clock mishap, you know what you should do. :) Thank you for coming by, Bikram.

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    2. Thank you so much :)

      clock mishap well I dont use it anymore he he he he :)

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  29. I have something for you at my space...do have a look :-)

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    1. I'm on my way there. I think I know what it is ;).
      Thank you so much.

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  30. Creativity at its best..I must say

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    1. Thank you Uma. That was a fun project. You should try it too. :)

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  31. Hi, I'm a new reader. Wow! That's a really great idea!! Will try it!

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    1. Welcome here Mom of A and a. Glad you liked it. Please do try it. :)

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  32. This looks cute and easy to achieve. Nice one :)

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    1. Thank you, Soham. Yeah, it's pretty easy. Wouldn't it be cool to have an almost-homemade clock. :D

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  33. very creative...
    a good timepass too....
    :-)

    anu

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    1. Yeah Anu, that's good time pass. Thank you. :)

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  34. Wooo. You've got some serious skills... and imagination.
    Nice work.

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    1. :)
      Thanks Kishan. Hey I like your new blog too, eh. Keep the posts coming.

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    1. Thank you Jammy Kool. Welcome here.

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  36. Wow! How creative!! And the painting looks awesome!

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    1. :)
      Thank you so much, Cartic. Welcome to Odds and Ends.

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  37. very creative :)

    and very nice n interesting blog :)

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    1. Thanks Mahi, Welcome here.
      I'll be back real soon, ok :)

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  38. My first time here and now that's what I call devilish creativity! Love the contrast of orange and black. Keep creating!

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    1. Devilish creativity. Hehaha!! Thanks.

      Welcome here Malini. So sorry about the late reply. I was having a super-tight week.

      Thank you so much, once again. :)

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  39. Amazing creativity....really loved the painting and the choice of colours....looks very fresh! Hats off to u for this brilliant idea..:D

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