Clock Makeover

Clock Makeover

I started with this clock.

The face of the clock had to change.

First, I thought I had to remove the back to get to the front.  So I removed all of the guts – the battery, the clock parts, the hands… only to find out I just needed to pry the top plastic piece off!

I learned how clocks are assembled though!  Good things.

So first, I picked a design. Jessica Smith, on her blog A Smith of all Trades, inspired using lyrics as art.  Her “Born This Way” art is gorgeous!

Skotte and I are huge Pearl Jam fans, with one of our favorites being “Given to Fly”, so I picked a verse from the song to put on the clock face.  I used GIMP to make the circle and arrange the text.

And he still gives his love, he just gives it way.

The love he receives is the love that is saved

And sometimes is seen a strange spot in the sky

A human being that was given to fly.

I printed it on some pale pink scrapbook paper cut down to 8.5×11 inches.  Luckily, the clock face was less than 8.5 inches!  (I kind of wish the pink color was brighter, but it works.)

After cutting out the circle, I put a coat of sparkle mod podge on the lyrics.

While waiting for it to dry, I put the guts back onto the clock.  After it was dry, I put it onto the clock.

I cut out one inch tall numbers using my Cricut machine, and the original cartridge with which it came.  I carefully glued (with more sparkle mod podge) the numbers onto the lyric face.  (The aren’t perfectly aligned, but it’s close enough for jazz, right?)

It needed one last thing. Butterflies, of course!  Cathe Holden, from Just Something I Made, is a total craft goddess.  You have to check out her blog!  Pertinent to this project though, she has a free printable of butterflies and moths. I used GIMP again to manipulate a few images to colors that I wanted, and printed the sheet out on 4×6 inch photo paper.  Perfect size for my project.

I carefully cut out four butterflies, and then sparkle mod podged them into place.  Then I let the whole thing dry overnight.

This morning, I messed with the hands, and the clock seems to be working ok, so I put the cover back on.  And Voila!

New Clock!

I can’t wait to show Skotte when he gets back from Origins.

I think I am also going to have him spray paint the bells and hardware a pink to match the face instead of the gold.

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