Making your own clock can be fun and easy. Instead of buying a clock someone else designed from the store, take some time to think up a creative clock idea that fits your own personality or interests. Clock making is also a fun lesson in technology to share with children. Plus, you can come up with a great one-of-a-kind gift for the hard to buy for person that has an upcoming birthday.
Making your own clock isn’t a difficult task. You just need some basic components, such as minute and second hands, a motor, some nuts and bolds and a clock face (if you want one). You also need to decide what you are turning into a clock, some space to work in and a creative imagination!
Getting Your Parts
Find a good place to purchase clock parts from. You can order online from businesses like ClockParts.com, where they offer all kinds of parts, from minute and hour hands to motors and more. These will be the parts that you need to make your clock function, but you also want the item you are turning into a clock.
You can use just a simple blank piece of wood, if you want. Or you can go for something a little bit more creative. Make a clock out of your favorite book or board game box or board. You can turn your uncle’s favorite cigar box or your mom’s favorite collectible tin into a clock. There is really no end to what you can make into a clock, as long as you have a drill and the right bit and attachments to make the hole for your clock parts to be attached.
Putting Your Clock Together
You can find instructions in many places online for putting your clock together. It’s as simple as a quick Google search. If you want to be a little less creative, you can buy a clock kit that comes with everything you need, including the instructions.
There are certain parts of your clock that only call for mechanical skills, and no creativity. Too much creativity may make your clock run backwards, lose time or just plain fall apart. Save the creativity for you clock face. Can’t come up with a good idea? Why not create a collage clock face with picture of some of the things of people you love.
Your clock, if you choose to make something from scratch and design your own clock face, will definitely be a one-of-a-kind and unique piece that is sure to get compliments. You may even find yourself making clocks for friends and family members that think you have a great talent. Have fun with it and don’t worry about the time.