Over the past six months, we’ve been going to thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales looking for things we could incorporate in to our craft projects. I’ve been especially interested in wooden pieces that I could upscale using paper collage and stamping. One of our finds was a small battery operated clock in a wood frame. It measured about 8″ square and only cost me $2.99. When I saw the Design Team call on the Viva Las Vegastamps! blog, I thought this might be the perfect opportunity to dig it out and turn it in to a steampunk clock. The name, M-113, comes from the tiny serial number printed on the gear I adhered to the mannequin’s back.
Stamps & Supplies
|1. Disassemble the clock by removing the clock face from the frame and the clock hands from clock face.|
|2. Lightly sand the clock frame to give it some “tooth.” Paint the frame using acrylic paints.|
|3. Scan the clock face so you have a duplicate to work with. Print the scanned image on white cardstock. Lightly apply distress inks using felt applicator. Stamp the clock face using embossing ink and heat emboss with silver embossing powder. Adhere over original clock face.|
|4. Consider the composition of the final piece and select stamps.|
|5. Stamp images on pattern tissue and cut out.|
|6. Collage the pattern tissue pieces on the clock frame using mat medium.|
|7. Cover cardboard with aluminum tape. Cut out faceplate and emboss using embossing folder. Die cut gears. Emboss using embossing tools. Apply alcohol ink to pieces and let dry. Gently sand the embossed pieces using steel wool to expose the aluminum.Add a wash of transparent acrylic paint to the frame to blend the edges of the pattern tissue pieces.|
|8. Paint and distress mannequin. Distress small piece of fabric and adhere to mannequin hand to resemble a cloth. Adhere a small watch gear (e.g., M‐113) to the back of the mannequin.|
|9. Drill holes into frame for cabinet handle. Use small wood blocks to raise support the handle and front plate. Attach handle.|
|10. Line interior cutout of frame with dictionary paper that’s been distressed with ink. Adhere the cardboard gears in layers using pop‐dots to fill the space between the frame and the face plate.|
|11. Adhere mannequin to cabinet handle and side of frame.|
|12. Assemble clock face. Attach clock to frame.|
I really enjoyed working on this project. It went fast and I’m thrilled with the result. Now my fingers are crossed that the team at Viva Las Vegastamps! will like it too!