Half Clocked - The Clocks, part 1

by brae  

I'm going to split the clock posts into a few to make it easier to navigate and manage.  Many of the clocks in Half Clocked were purchased and a few were gifted, but a lot of them were made from kits and spare parts.


Miss Lydia Pickett Cottage Clock - made from a kit

The one I spent the most time on was the Miss Lydia Pickett Cottage Clock (you can see the construction in parts one, two, three, four, five, and six).   This started as a 1:12 scale kit by Robin Betterley's Miniatures.

I love Swedish Mora clocks, and if you do a google image search you will find an array of colors and styles.  I've always been drawn to blue ones.  I know the kit clock isn't the traditional shape for the Mora clock, but it lent itself well to modification with that style in mind.  I altered the top scrollwork, switched the skirts for bun feet and added a top finial, just for starters.  The top and body doors don't open and making opening doors wasn't something I wanted to spend time on, but there's no reason you can't add faux detailing.  :D  I took some 3/16" hinges and made notches to insert them later after painting.

I painted the clock Greenscape by Folk Art and finished with Delta Ceramcoat Satin Varnish.  The artwork for the body and base is from The Graphics Fairy.  I used the image as is for the base but then used elements from the original to create a design for the body in PhotoShop.

I printed a regular clock dial in a similar color to the body art as a replacement. I painted the clock face trims and the finial Taupe Metallic by Folk Art.  I painted some accents in the same color on the body and base.  The hands are Susanne Russo brasses, a lovely find of new old stock at a local show.  I drilled winding holes as accents, lining them with a bit of paint.

Now I have a lovely Mora clock in mini.  :]


Chrysnbon Clocks - made from kits

Debora sent me the Chrysnbon Curio Clock kit, and I found the Chrysnbon Grandfather Clock kit at a local show.  These are plastic but make up so well with a little bit of care and patience.

I primed both clocks in grey to remove the translucence of the plastic. After priming in grey, I sprayed the Grandfather Clock flat white. The final finish is Model Masters Wimbledon White, a leftover from the Model T.

This has a replacement dial made from a found image that I edited in PhotoShop. I pasted the printed face to heavier cardstock and used the kit sticker shape as a template to cut the face to fit.  The face is glued in place.

I drilled a hole in the center.

The hands are watch parts, held in place with a tiny brad.

The flimsy acetate can look warped when glued, and in old kits it can be yellowed or brittle.  I cut new pieces from  0.03" thick plastic sheet.

To glue these parts, I used Testors Clear Parts Cement and Window Maker.

You still need a bond that is plastic to plastic, so I scraped away the paint at the joins.

I painted the molded hinges and knobs Liquitex Iridescent Bronze.  The brass pendulum rod and bob are included in the kit and are good quality.

I love the way this clock turned out with the soft finish and delicate face.

The Curio Clock was finished in Testors Semi Gloss Black.  It gives a great sheen without being overpowering. I ended up converting it from a curio clock to a true grandfather clock with parts from a defunct House of Miniatures clock that could not be salvaged.  I did run a wire for this clock's light in the open space up front just in case, but I thought it was more striking with a brass pendulum.

First, I cut a new back from styrene sheet since the original was to be enclosed with a mirror back.  I painted this to match the body.

The clock has a hole for the curio light bulb that was too large for the brass pendulum rod.  I cut a piece of styrene and drilled a smaller hole for the rod.  Super glue gel holds the rod at the right height and holds the patch in place inside the upper compartment.

The dial is a replacement.  I edited a found image in PhotoShop and used that instead.  The hands are watch parts held in place with a tiny brad.

It looks very rich in black and brass.  Again, the molded hinges and knobs are painted Liquitex Antique Bronze.

The Chrysnbon wall clock was something I never thought I would make.  I bought the kit for the old telephone parts and the coat rack, but it was nice to have it as wall filler.

With a replacement dial it really shines.  :D  This is finished in Testors Semi Gloss Black.

This has a printed face under a cabochon sticker that mimics a curved glass cover.

The new and improved clock found a place of prominence on the main gable.  Not a filler clock, after all.  :]

More to come...


Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Had I known what you were up to you would have been gifted a couple more clocks ;j Any significance to 8:08?
12/20/18 @ 02:15
Comment from: ann [Visitor]
You have such a wonderful collection of clocks. I have avoided the Chrysonbon kits because they are plastic. I have one in my stash, a Victorian China hutch with the curved front that I have just ignored. But now you have given such good instructions on how to work with the kits, that I may just dig it out and make it up. My favorite? All. Merry Christmas, and thank you for all of your posts where I have learned so much along with your encouraging voice telling me: You can do this.
12/20/18 @ 05:55
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>>

Ann - I have the China cabinet kit as well but haven't put it together. I saw someone else make that into a true beauty. I'll look it up and send you the link. The clocks are few pieces and good practice. I am sure the cabinet is a challenging piece.

Keli - Missing out on minis is the drawback of keeping my premise secret. :yes: Most clocks and watches are set to 10:10 usually to display any name printed on the dial. Eight is my favorite number, so it's my take on the 10:10. Plus, it can be daytime or nighttime for photos.
12/20/18 @ 06:19
Comment from: Bill [Visitor]
I would guess that the clocks are showing 8:08 AM because that is before the shop opens. That way, the photographer could work without the place being thronged with customers- which I am sure that it is during business hours. This whole project is like an early Christmas present for your fans. Your explanations of how things were done are terrific, too. Thank you!
12/20/18 @ 09:33
Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
They look beautiful and turned out so well. &#59;)
12/20/18 @ 09:36
Comment from: Deborah [Visitor]
Yay! The first clock post. I have been wondering where all those beautiful clocks came from/how they were made. It is amazing to me that the two grandfather clocks started as plastic. You would never, ever guess. The clock faces you have selected are so pretty, and go so well with the individual clocks. And that little "throw-away" clock is delightful. That's why I tend to hang on to things. You never know when they may come in handy or find the perfect home.
12/20/18 @ 09:52
Comment from: Anna [Visitor]
This is fabulous Brea!! I have a Chrysnbon grandfather clock kit sitting on my bench waiting to be made up only I couldn't work out how to make it look nice and less 'plastic'. Now I do - thanks to you. Have a wonderful Christmas, Anna
12/20/18 @ 22:20
Comment from: Kamelia [Visitor]
All the clocks are amazing. I would love to have Mora clock in my own living room. :)
12/26/18 @ 05:31
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
Can't believe I missed this when you first posted! I love your the ivory and delicate face of the Grandfather Clock. I'm so used to seeing them in mahogany and cherry and the soft colors are beautiful.
12/28/18 @ 07:03
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you so much! :>>
01/02/19 @ 13:16

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