I’ve had a silver tray clock project w-a-a-a-a-y in the back of my mind for a long time now. But you know how it is… so many project ideas and not enough time to create them all.
Oftentimes finding something at a thrift store causes quite the upheaval in the project centre of my brain… causing back-burnered ideas to cut into the to-do line… much to the chagrin of the ideas that have been politely waiting their turn.
And that’s just what happened the other day when I found this clock for $1. I bought it for the clockworks, which can easily cost $5 or more if bought new.
The actual clock didn’t appeal to me at all, but don’t feel too sorry for it… it’ll be stashed away for a possible future makeover and repurposing.
For those of you who have never taken apart a clockworks, here’s what it looks like.
I used curved needle nose pliers to remove the nuts. To remove the hands I used a small butter knife placed under each hand.. gently pushing up.
Then I went into my stash of silver plate platters of all shapes and sizes, some of which I store on my silver platter window valance, and I found the perfect one.
I don’t remember what I paid for it but, knowing me, it was probably 50 cents to $1.
It must have originally been part of a tiered stand because it already had a hole. And it had two options for the hours… 12 decorative cutouts around the outside rim and 12 etched designs. I decided to use the cut outs because they stand out more from a distance.
When I put in the clockworks through the hole it fit perfectly. This is where the large bottom nut is put to hold the whole thing in place.
Then comes the hour hand, the minute hand, the top nut, and then the second hand fits into the hole at the top.
Here’s how my silver tray clock looked after I gave it a good polish. I spray painted the second hand with Krylon’s Chalky Finish Bonnet Pink spray paint.
Finally seeing this chalky spray paint at my local Home Building Centre made me as giddy as a school girl. I’ve been looking for it for eons, and I couldn’t wait to try it on something.
many a few different colours just to have them on hand for all those spray painting emergencies.
What’s this you ask? Well, I decided that my tray was a little too little so I needed something to give it that extra oomph.
So I went back into my stashes and found this rather large $1 stove pipe cover thingy.
Of course it needed to be bonnet pink too. I really liked this spray paint. It was easy to use, and gave really good coverage. (I was not paid to say that. I just really liked it.)
To glue the silver tray onto the front of the stove pipe cover I used Marine Goop adhesive. Then I weighted it down and let it cure overnight.
I was too lazy to remove the clockworks so I just raised it up on a couple of DVDs so it would all sit nice and flat while the glue cured.
In my world pink and silver are meant for each other.
Because E6000 glue has a nice nozzle tip I used that instead of the Marine Goop to add a small faux pearl beading around the tray to finish it off.
And here’s my finished silver tray clock with the two repurposed stove pipe cover picture frames that I made a while ago. At the time I said I wished I had three, so I think this is a pretty good plan b.
I already have a clock in the kitchen so just for fun I set this one to Paris time… not the Ontario Paris, which is only about an hour away from here, but 6 hours ahead to France Paris… which we visited a few years ago for my 50th birthday. It kinda goes with the two Seine riverscapes.
Hey… why not? It’s good to mess with our minds a bit. Keeps us on our ‘toes’… or should I say ‘orteils’. Not even sure how to pronounce that… not the least little bit, but I think it probably sounds good. 🙂
Merci mes amis for reading and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!