How to Make a Propeller Clock

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How to Make a Propeller Clock
You can recycle a propeller into a striking wall clock. (old propeller image by Dimitar Atanasov from Fotolia.com)

You can create a dramatic propeller clock from some recycled propellers and a clock face you make from polymer clay. This aviation-themed clock would look spectacular in a pilot's den or recreation room, and would thrill a plane-obsessed youngster if hung on his bedroom wall. Clock hands, connected to clock mechanisms, are readily available at craft stores, which is the same place you will find polymer clay. Find recycled propellers on the Internet.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Propeller
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • 0.454kg. black polymer clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Sharp knife
  • Baking tray
  • Wooden skewer
  • Silver acrylic paint
  • Small paintbrush
  • Silver clock hands with clock mechanism
  • Two heavy-duty picture hangers
  • Epoxy glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the cardboard under the centre circle of the propellers and trace around the circular opening between the blades for a clock face template.

  2. 2

    Roll out the polymer clay to a thickness of 1/4 inch with the rolling pin. Place the template on the clay and cut out a clay circle with the knife. Push the wooden skewer through the centre of the circle to create a hole.

  3. 3

    Bake the clay circle on the baking tray in a 175-degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 minutes. Let it cool for 20 minutes and remove the clay from the baking tray.

  4. 4

    Draw numbers 1 through 12 evenly spaced around the edge of the clay circle with the silver paint and paintbrush.

  5. 5

    Insert the clock hands and mechanism through the centre hole of the clay clock face and screw together. Glue the clock face to the centre of the propellers with the epoxy glue. Glue the picture hangers to the back of the clock with the epoxy glue.

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