Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Making of a Plate Clock

You may have seen the cute vintage plate clocks that have recently landed on Freedom walls and wondered... How they were made? Well, since we are the creators, we are at liberty to share that secret with you. There are really only a few steps involved, and if you are on board you can get yourself a pretty little gem in virtually no time at all.

Here is what you will need:

- Power drill
- Diamond drill-bit
- Goggles (or eye protection)
- Vintage plate
- Clock mechanism
- Clock hands
- Ruler
- Water
- Patience

Turn your plate upside down and find the centre of the plate. This will be the spot to drill. Before you start drilling make sure that you have poured some water inside the rim on the back side of the plate. Drilling creates friction and heat and without the water to cool the drill bit down, you would risk breaking the plate. Drill bits come in different sizes, so make sure you have one closest to the size of the part of the clock mechanism that you will be inserting through the new hole. It is safer to go with a slightly smaller bit and grind the hole edges to the proper size if needed to insure a snug fit. You should be working on a hard surface and insert some sort of padding between the surface and the plate. A folded towel will do just fine.
NOTE-Make sure you are wearing eye protection while drilling, as little particles of china may end up in your eye.

Once the hole has been drilled and sized the majority of the work is already behind you. Just follow the mechanism assembly instructions followed by proper placing of the hands and your work here is done.
Hands traditionally come in black or gold, but you are not limited to those two options alone. A can of spray paint in color of your choice can transform them in matter of seconds. Just make sure that the paint is completely cured before you place them on the clock.

And this is where it ends. Easy-peasy, right?
Now you go do it! :)