Monday, April 20, 2009

altered cd clock

this week's challenge at one powerful hour is to make something with circles. I decided to alter a junk mail cd with alcohol inks and turn it into a clock for my studio. i didn't bother trying to take off the cd label on the front of the cd, i just turned it over and painted the unlabeled back side for the front of my clock.

the clock parts come in a handy kit from walnut hollow and you can make the clock face from anything you want. since the hole in a cd is a little too big for the nut and bolt that comes in the clock kit, i just added a copper washer in between to fill the gap so nothing slides around.

i brushed a streaky background wash with a caramel color, painted the center with red and blue, then i just squeezed little drops of ink directly from the bottle on top in yellow, red and blue, letting each color dry before adding the next. i made a quick stamp from a metal washer glued to a wooden spool and stamped circles at 12, 3, 6, and 9 to make a clock face. i liked all the circles and dots so much like this, i opted not to add any numbers.

great way to upcycle dead cds and it definitely took only an hour including clean-up!

click here for a really great book on how to make easy and fun fabric clocks with the walnut hollow kits, too.

4 comments:

  1. Oh Wow! Talk about really nailing the challenge...everything is circular and perfect! I was absolutely stunned when I pulled up your entry.

    you could so sell these clocks!

    Thanks for taking the challenge

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  2. way cool, what a great idea, you are so creative!!!!!!! I like the clean up time as well, brat. My "studio" is trashed.

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  3. Looks like something right out of "that 70 show". Neat idea.

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  4. I love this clock! Who would have guessed what creative powers lurk beneath that mild-mannered marketing manager's exterior?

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