Friday, August 5, 2011

Tick Tock, I Broke the Clock

Continuing my sewing room "theme" of trying to incorporate little bits of Heather Bailey's Pop Garden wherever I can, I decided to cut out one precious Pop Daisy and use it to makeover a wall clock.  This clock had been sitting around unused for the last few years or so and as the wake-the-dead alarm clock I was using in the sewing room had failed me previously (I assure you it was the clock's fault that I was late picking up Mr. Skooks from work last week - ahem), I decided it was time to take the wall clock out of hiding.

Pop Daisy Clock

Here's how it went down.

I took all the notable pieces apart.  The front "glass" (aka plastic) face, the hands, and then I pulled out the cardboard backing (which cracked in half as I was removing it . . . sweet).  I taped the cardboard back together and used it to carefully trace around my daisy as well as mark the hole for the clock hands.

All of this went off without a hitch.

Then I thought, you know . . . I haven't used this clock in years . . . I wonder if it still works?  So I tested it out with a fresh battery and Hurray!  It was working great.  I took it apart again.
I used spray adhesive for the first time and WOAH.  I really didn't know that stuff came out kind of THICK, let's say . . . so already I was off to a globby start.

In the end, it was ok-ish.  I just smoothed my fabric down over the adhesive as best as I could.  I figured this wouldn't be a biggie much anyway and once it was up on the wall I'm sure I wouldn't notice.

I popped the fabric covered piece back into the clock frame.  No turning back now . . . remember how I cracked it when I tried to remove it the first time?  I did a pretty good job of getting it straight in there, I think.

Then came the clock hands.  Remember how I was SUPER SMART and tested the clock to make sure it worked before I cut into my precious fabric?  Well, you will simply not believe this, but I put the hands back on and the thing did not STINKIN' work.


So I monkeyed with it a bit.  And then I monkeyed with it a bit more.  And finally I got it to work again.


I was down to my final step . . . all I had left to do was pop the plastic face into the frame and screw the pieces back together.  And wouldn't you just KNOW it, but I broke that stupid plastic face while I was tightening THE LAST SCREW.


So hmm . . . well.  I decided a faceless clock was better than nothing, so I hung it up anyway.  And NOW I remember why we took it off the wall in the first place.  It is DEAFENINGLY LOUD as that second hand TICK TICK TICKS around.
Pop Daisy Clock Detail

I guess it will help me realize the passage of time while I'm sewing away now, hey?  That was sort of the objective, right?

You're right . . . no it wasn't.



laurawilson25 August 5, 2011 at 12:29 PM  

Even though. It's a great idea and thanks for sharing. Beautiful fabric. I'm definitely going to be looking for a cheap clock that works to make over. ;)

Yadira August 5, 2011 at 12:34 PM  

But I LOVE it! Really, if I hadn't just bought a Hello Kitty wall clock I'd try to make this.

Skooks August 5, 2011 at 12:37 PM  

Yeah . . . despite its misgivings, I'm keeping it up for now. Perhaps I'll pick up a cheap wall clock at the thrift store or at Ikea or something the next time I'm there and attempt this again. It was a bit frustrating, but it definitely is cute!

Deb Robertson Writes August 5, 2011 at 4:18 PM  

lol! that's funny. You know have two options... sew loudly so you can't hear it, or treat it as a trial run, ditch the clock and do it to another one!! I'm still chuckling though. The clock looks AMAZING!

Kathy August 8, 2011 at 9:16 PM  

Wow, what a neat idea (and a funny story too)!
Love it Skooks... you're the best!

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