Good morning everyone. Hope you are all ok?
How about taking one of these and turning it into one of these. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Bet you were a bit puzzled when a photo of a naff clock appearing on your reading list thumbnail lol!!! (Mind you, you may think the decorated version looks naff too???)
Now, you may want to get a beverage and biscuits as this is a long, but hopefully, informative post . . . . . sorry!!!
I made this and another one for our next door neighbours kids. They are moving house soon, only about 100m down the road thankfully as they are a lovely family (one of the normal ones in our road lol!!!) and I thought it would be something different as a gift for the kids new bedrooms as Mum and Dad get the bottle of fizz but, usually, the kids get overlooked (in my experience).
Its a clock from Poundworld (don't ask how much it cost, its not big and its not clever!!!) and I have painted the outer casing with 2 coats of acrylic paint, which dries very quickly.
I am assured by Lockers The Craft Guru, that gilding polish will also work beautifully but I didn't have any pink.
Its fairly easy to take apart as the inner bit sits in a ridge on the outer frame so you just need to carefully pull the outer frame away slightly to release it. I say carefully, as there is glass involved.
This snap is of the clock without its frame.
Cream and various coloured card
Flower dies and punches
Number dies (freebie with a magazine)
X Cut Alphabet die
Funky foam (for letters and numerals to raise them up a bit)
Card-io stamps (for the butterflies and dragonflies)
Bling butterfly (from a pack as a gift from Wendy (Spanish Crafter))
Pearlage and teeny bling
I also painted the hands in purple acrylic paint and the second hand in pink. These just pull off the mechanism. You need to make sure, with the flowers and letters, that there is enough clearance for the hands to move or they will trap. you can bend the hands up slightly if you need to.
None of my extra large circle dies were big enough to fill the aperture so I bought a maths set from the pound shop too and used the pair of compasses to draw the circle and cut it out carefully by hand.
Lilia is 10 this year so hopefully, its a unique gift that she will like. You could obviously make them for adults without the personalisation.
Next time, I will show her brother Luca's clock (you may remember the personalised gift wrap I made when he was born last year (or click here for a reminder).
Thank you for staying with me this far, hopefully without nodding off, dribbling or too many comfort breaks lol!!!
Apologies for not doing blog visiting this past few days but sadly, a dear friend of ours passed away this week and although he had just recently reached the magnificent age of 90, it was still a shock. He was what I call one of life's good guys, a real gent with a twinkle in his eye and always a kind word.
So, head has been elsewhere but I will get round to everyone's blogs today and tomorrow, I promise.
Just to round off, a couple of snaps of my beautiful bargain bin hibiscus that is still blooming its socks off and has done since last September. There was 5 huge flowers on it with another 5 about to pop open. All I have done is water it, no feeding and its been a bobby dazzler. Not bad for £2 eh?
Yes, that is the wisteria in the background June, but mitts off!!!
Now that you have all missed half the day, I shall pootle off.
Have a great weekend, and I promise I will now be on visiting duties.