Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Recycled Magazine Clock

Back in January I posted Etsy Finds: Repurposed Clocks and mentioned plans to make my own clock from repurposed materials for our living room.  After four months of rolling magazine pages, rethinking the design and working on other projects I finally finished it!

My inspiration came from various rolled magazine vases I have seen on Pinterest as well as this this tutorial for a recycled sunburst clock I saved in my favorites a few years ago.  I wanted to use the magazine coils to make a colorful clock similar to the sunburst clock. 

You need:
  • Magazines from the recycling bin
  • Elmer's Glue-All
  • Pencil
  • Clock kit
  • Hot glue gun + hot glue sticks
  • E-6000 adhesive
  • Clear acrylic spray sealer
  • Time + patience
Start by carefully tearing or cutting out lots of colorful magazine pages (I ended up using the pages from 3 or 4 magazines).  Next, roll the pages into rods, glue and flatten as shown here.  (Instead of cutting the pages into strips I was lazy and just rolled the whole page into 1 rod.  This makes the rods thicker but they still roll up fine).

Tightly roll the rod around the pencil and use the Glue-All to secure as you coil.  You will have to hold the coil for a bit as the glue dries or the entire thing will unroll (I speak from experience!).

Now, make as many coils as you can stand!  I played around a bit and made coils using 1 rod, some using 2 rods coiled one after another and some using 3 rods.  The center or face of the clock is made from around 25 rods.

Start playing with the layout of your clock on a flat surface (I used an old cutting board).  I chose to do 3 rings of 1 page coils around the face, then 1 ring of 2 page coils and 1 ring of 3 page coils.  Once you are happy with the design hot glue each coil in place.

At this point I sprayed my clock with clear acrylic sealer and prepared to add the clock kit.  However, when flipping it upside down to spray some of the hot glue gave way so I decided to add E-6000 to the back to make the clock super sturdy.  I dipped cotton swabs into the E-6000 and dabbed it any spot where coils met.  Let this dry at least 24 hours.

Now it's ready to become a clock!  When buying a clock kit pay attention to the depth on the package.  I already had clock kit for 1/4" thick surfaces so I had to keep that in mind while making the large coil for the face.  Despite my best efforts to keep it 1/4" I had to carve out some of the back to make room for the kit.

Follow the instructions on the clock kit packaging to install the movement and hands.  Stand back and admire your hard work!

The clock looks much smaller on the wall than I thought it would,  but I still love it.  It's a bright punch of color in this drab rental. 

In our next house maybe I will find a place more to scale with the clock....for now it serves its purpose!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Time Management

I want to do too many things!  I have two little girls that want to play all day, laundry, a dirty/cluttered house, this blog, my Etsy shop, upcoming birthdays and now the weather is nice and I want to start planting.  I know I cannot do it all.......but I try.  Something is always left on the back burner (the Etsy shop, blog, cleaning or mowing usually) while we play in the tent, dig in the dirt, go to the zoo or have to shop for groceries.  Fun with my family should come first! 

So, if you notice several days, weeks or even months have gone by without a blog update just know that I have not been slacking.  I am probably busy making dinosaur tails and planning Alice's first birthday party even though I need to make/photograph/list new items in my shop and write/post half a dozen tutorials on this blog.....the fun stuff comes first!

Dinosaur Tail Tutorial by Running With Scissors

Owl Applique Pattern by Ruthie Pearl