Cogwheel clock

The target was to make a unique clock suitable for a bachelor apartment. After some browsing and brainstorming we decided on cogwheels.

Clockwork: it can be purchased in craft stores, not expensive. There are different types for different dials – glass, wood, etc. The difference is the thickness of the disc we want to use for the back, I chose glass which is the thinnest.

Back: we needed something strong, thin and of good size. An old vinyl record was perfect, just the middle whole needed to be enlarged a little bit.Decoration: The bigger cogwheels are parts of an old bicycle, we got it from a friend of us who works in a waste management center. They were treated with anti rust agent before use. I saw the little ones in the craft store and just couldn’t resist to buy a few of them. The numbers were cut out of brown cardboard. For the background we used a neatural, light colour to bring out the other ornaments.

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The biggest issue was how to fix the metal wheels to the plastic surface. Finally we used glue gun, the same I usually use for making advent wreath. We fixed the cogwheels before we painted the vinyl to ensure best adhesion. We mixed white and goldish-yellow acrylic paint to have an off-white shade because we had them but feel free to use any other light colour. Painting between the wheels was a bit of a bore but not too much. For the smaller cogwheels we used instant adhesive and simple paper glue for the numbers.

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Learn from our mistakes and try to place the same weight on both sides so the clock won’t turn:) Since we had more weight on one side we applied a glue tape to fix the back of the vinyl to the clockwork.

Materials and tools:
  • clockwork
  • old vinyl record
  • cogwheels
  • cardboard
  • acrylic paint
  • glue
  • craft knife/scissors.

 

(Magyar verzió: Fogaskerekes óra)

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