Tah Dah...an old album. Perfect for Tune Time Tuesday!!!
Most hardware or craft stores sell these clock kits. I bought this one at Walmart for $5.00.
The stem, that sticks through the hole in the face of the clock, comes in different sizes depending on the thickness of the clock. I picked the 1/4 inch.
Here are all the parts...some kits may be different, but still very easy to put together.
I went to a Goodwill Store on our travels looking at colleges and I bought this album in honor of my mom. She absolutely LOVED Andy Williams. However, she is looking down on me from above cringing for what I'm about to do to this record!!
Not to mention, I only paid 99 cents for it, so I couldn't pass it up. I'll keep the cover in tact for her.
First step is to see if your particular clock stem will fit through the hole in the record. Mine was just a hair off, so I used a drill that was a little smaller than the hole and moved it around the hole shaving off a little at a time.
Now pick your favorite fabric to match a room (I just love Moda's Rouenneries), some Mod Podge (which is a glue and sealer all in one) and a foam brush.
Cut a piece of the fabric a little bigger than the record.
Now trace around the record album on the wrong side of the fabric.
Here's a close-up.
Cut out the circle.
Cover your work surface with paper and pour the Mod Podge onto a paper plate.
Paint the Mod Podge on the entire surface of the album.
Place the fabric circle onto the glue that's on the record and then paint another layer of the Mod Podge onto the fabric. Be careful not to stretch the fabric too much. If you do, you can trim the edges that hang over a little bit once it hardens.
I placed the record onto something that would elevate it above the table so the edges wouldn't stick to the paper.
Now you just have to wait until it completely dries and hardens. Once it's hard, you need to take a sharp pokey thing and poke out the little hole in the center of the album.
Here's where you would assemble your clock works according to the directions on your own package, but it is very easy.
And here you have it...a beautiful clock to match your room decor or a quilt that you've made with the same fabric. Great for any room in the house. I put mine in a plate holder to photograph it until I decide where I want to hang it in my bedroom.
This is a picture of the back. It takes just one AA battery and the backing has a hole in it to hang it on the wall.
The package also came with numbers, but I haven't decided to use them yet. I think it would be cute to use different little items for the numbers. How about old bobbins for the 12, 3 , 6 and 9 positions on the clock for you sewing room. If it's for a child's room, you can use Legos, flowers, bows, or little toys. For an office clock you can use paper clips. The ideas are endless.
The only thing I might do next time is maybe paint the album the color of the fabric I've picked. If you have chosen a light fabric, the black will show through, so maybe a little paint wouldn't hurt.
I have one more thought for this project. If you pick another seasonal fabric, you can glue that to the other side and all you have to do is unscrew the clock works, turn the album around, put it back together and now you have another clock for a different "time" of the year.
I hope you enjoy this project and remember to always keep a song in your heart!
Have a great Tuesday,