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Clock Kit With Personalized Photo Face: How-To Guide

Char Milbrett is a creative writer and artist from Minnesota. She enjoys sharing recipes, crafts, hobbies, and games from her home state.

I decided to make a clock with a personalized photo for the face.

I decided to make a clock with a personalized photo for the face.

The Problem With Broken Clocks

You know, a clock is only as good as the works inside of it. When they don't function, the clock tells the correct time only twice a day.

We had ignored our broken clock for years. We probably ignored it before, but once it stopped working we ignored it more.

It was an expensive, handmade clock that we purchased some 30 years ago at a local Renaissance Festival. It had mirrors, shelves, and hinged sections.

This project began with our broken Renaissance Festival clock.

This project began with our broken Renaissance Festival clock.

I Bought a Clock Kit

One day, I was out shopping and just happened to see this clock kit. It was only $10, and I thought, time to fix my clock.

I decided to add a picture of my kids to use on the face of the clock. My daughter had taken a photo of her and her brother. I had a photo from when they were small, holding a saw and a hammer. The updated photo was a carefully reconstructed picture of them, wearing the same colored clothes, holding the same saw and hammer—25 years older.

My kids holding a saw and hammer, then and now.

My kids holding a saw and hammer, then and now.

Step 1: Remove the Old Clock

The first step to assembling the clock kit was to remove the old clock.

There was a door on the front of the clock which I had to open to access the clock hands. Removing the clock amounted to pulling on the second hand, since it is just pressed on. Unscrewing the nut that held the minute hand on, and pulling the hour hand off.

At this point, there was a nut holding the clock to the board. I used a pair of pliers to work the nut loose.

Now, on to getting the new clock to work with the old hole.

Step 2: Make Necessary Adjustments

The first problem I encountered was that the little shaft that held the hands was shorter on my new clock kit.

That meant that I needed to remove some of the wood from the back of the wood piece to get the clock closer to the front.

It was too close, and I needed to adjust it back with some washers. I had to tape the washers onto the clock so that the clock would not spin around in the holder. Clocks do not work if they are not accurate.

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Step 3: Place New Clock

I tried to use a spade bit to remove the extra wood. Remember I mentioned that the new clock had a shorter shaft than the old one. I did drill a little too far and poked a hole through my clock face, which I had to take the hammer and flatten it back down so it wouldn't poke my photo.

I fixed the hole with a piece of scotch tape.

Another problem was that although the new clock had a shorter shaft, removing the wood, of course, made it poke out further on the front, but then, I had to add washers on the back, to remove some of my new space otherwise the shaft would bump on the inside of the glass door on the front. Not to mention, the hands of the clock were pressed up against the glass and wouldn't turn.

So, I added a few washers and got the shaft to stop level with the top of the ring holding the door on. I think I'm ready to continue now.

Step 4: Cut Your Photo to Fit

Now that I have the extra surface on my clock space, I decided to cut a photo to fit it. I found a round container that matched the size of my photo and drew a black circle around it onto my photo.

This black circle was my guide to cut the photo.

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Step 5: Place the Photo

I laid my photo in the clock frame and flipped it over and drew a dot on the back of the photo using a Sharpie poked through the hole. That put the dot dead center on my photo. Then, I took the scissors and poked a small hole through the photo on that dot.

Then, I took a pen and poked it through the photo and used that to line the photo up on the clock face.

I marked a black dot on the top edge of the photo to match up with the 12 o'clock position on my clock. Then, I glued the photo to the clock face.

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Step 6: Glue the Photo to Face

Using the pen to exactly center my photo, and using the black mark that I placed on the top of the photo, I placed the newly glued photo to my clock face.

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Step 7: Place the Clock Numbers

The final step is to place the numbers on the clock.

  • Top center: 12
  • Bottom center: 6
  • Left center: 9
  • Right center: 3
  • Fill in the rest of the numbers where they belong.

Now, install clock, set hands in place, set the time and voila, a new clock!

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Comments

Char Milbrett (author) from Minnesota on May 12, 2017:

Thanks, Larry Rankin!

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on May 12, 2017:

Awesome project!

Char Milbrett (author) from Minnesota on May 12, 2017:

Thank you. Thanks for your comment, Coffeequeen!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on May 12, 2017:

I love that clock. It's great that you personalized it with a photo. It's lovely. =)

Char Milbrett (author) from Minnesota on May 12, 2017:

Thank you. Thank you for your comment, mactavers!

mactavers on May 12, 2017:

Very cool clock.