Clock kits contain all of the moving parts needed to turn just about anything into a working clock. These kits range from simple constructions with battery-powered movements and arms to expensive "do it yourself" weighted cuckoo and grandfather clock heirlooms. Homemade clock crafts and gifts can be accentuated by adding a clock kit to family photos, jack o' lanterns and many other materials that can be decorated to make a beautiful clock face.
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Things you need
- Photo or other face material
- Basic clock kit
- Graphite pencil
- Power drill
Determine where to place the clock arms on your face material. For photos, try to centre the clock below the faces of the people, or in the corner. Clocks should be centred for jack o' lanterns and other crafts.
Mark the placement of the clock on the face with a circle the size of the centre part of the clock where the arms attach.
Drill a hole through the marked spot. This will allow the clock kit to function behind the face.
Press the arm mechanism through the hole that you have created. On most kits, these will be held in place by a small circle of metal or plastic that is part of the clock's arms.
Attach the arms to the clock. Make sure they are firmly in place and do not touch the face of the clock as they spin.
Test the clock by turning on the kit and letting it run through a full sequence. Many clocks will have a test feature that will run them at quicker speeds.
Tips and warnings
- Store your completed crafts in a box that is large enough to allow the arms to spin freely to avoid damage to the clock.
- Heavier clock kits will require you to anchor the clock mechanism to the face piece. Use double-sided adhesive tape or wood glue, which is often provided with the kit, to avoid ruining the face of the clock.
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