turning plates into clocks (a tutorial!)

Happy Hearts Day, my friends! Today’s post is part tutorial/part shop update, as I’m going to show you how to make these…

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I’ve listed a few different styles in my shop, but for those DIYers out there, I thought I’d share the how-to.

Supplies:
pretty plate
clockwork supplies (Michaels is a good source)
nailset
hammer
drill and 5/16th ceramic bit

Step 1: Mark the center of your plate. Using your hammer and nailset, make a small indentation in the center of your plate (this is to keep your drill from slipping when you go to drill your hole).

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Step 2: Using your drill and ceramic bit (I think you can also find glass bits as well, depending on the composition of your plate), drill a hole through the plate. Spray with water as you do so to keep dust and bits of glass to a minimum (it can get rather messy!)

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Step 3: Admire your handiwork…

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Step 4: Insert your clockwork…
and you’re done!

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These would be great displayed on a mantel or shelf, hung on a wall…or given as a gift!

Thanks for reading!

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Comments

  1. This is a great idea. I’d seen one just before Christmas and wanted to make some as gifts but was out of time. I hope to do so this year. You might think I have a lot of time, but with a full time job, a 2 hour a day commute, family, household duties and errands, it provides little ‘extra’ time to facilitate these projects.

    Denise
    Extreme Personal Measures

  2. I’ll be heading to the store to get a ceramic bit! Your clock is lovely and this looks so fun!

  3. I’ve always wanted to do this! Saving the tutorial, thx!