Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 02 Jun, 2016
Upcycling is a great way of turning something that was previously unloved into a wonderful gift that can be cherished for years to come. This super-simple clock not only makes use of an old mechanism, but it cleverly uses the lid of an empty paint tin as the clock’s base. Combine it with the distressed and rustic tones of the Mr Smith’s Workshop collection; it’s the perfect match!
1. To create the main body of the clock, upcycle a circular item such as a metal tray or bread board. Here, Jackie used an old paint tin lid. Carefully make a hole in the centre and set aside. 2. Trim a circle from Mr Smith’s Workshop papers to fit the lid, using an Xcut Circle Cutter to do so. Subtly ink the edges. Cut another circle from thinner paperstock (such as standard printer paper), fold in half and then half again. Trifold the last segment. Unfold and use the creased points around the edge as a template to mark where the 10 minute markings should be. 3. Die cut the numbers 3,6,9 and 12 using the Xcut Wedding Alphabet & Numbers Die Set and distress with brown and gold pigment inks to resemble rust. Pop out four die-cuts from the Mr Smith’s Ultimate Die-cut & Paper Pack and adhere the distressed numbers with a little tacky glue. Once dry, secure the completed panels on the clock face with brads. 4. Attach Mr Smith’s Workshop charms at each of the remaining minute segments, securing in place with vintage brads. 5. Using a craft knife, carefully make a hole in the centre of the paper panel, making sure it’s large enough to accommodate the spindle on a clock mechanism. Stick the paper panel to the front of the clock base using double-sided tape. 6. Temporarily remove the clock hands from the mechanism and distress them by carefully heat embossing with gold powder. Gently dab brown pigment ink all over. TIP: When heat embossing, hold the clock hands with a pair of tweezers. Make sure the heat tool doesn’t get too close! 7. Fix the mechanism behind the paint lid, with the spindle sticking through the hole. Re-attach the hands to the spindle, taking extra care not to bend them. Lastly, adjust the clock to the correct time using the wheel on the back of the mechanism. Project, how-to instructions and photography by PDT member Jackie Jasper (docrafts gallery @Jackie-J). Make sure to pick up your copy of Creativity online or in your local craft store. Alternatively, why not subscribe by clicking on the link in the sidebar? We'd love to see your makes. Share your projects with us on Facebook or hashtag your project on Twitter or Instagram with #docrafts.