But clocks are that one thing I look for each and every time I go out 'window shopping.`
It's my mom's fault. (Yes, I blame my mom for lots - but it's true!) She adores clocks. (and lamps, now that I think about it...) She has an old wedding clock that she still cherishes to this day. I'm pretty sure it's still sitting on top of the stereo with the Antique-looking lamp I surprised her with after finding a much cheaper version of an original we saw while shopping one day.
|Picture borrowed from here|
|Picture borrowed from here|
The most beautiful clocks I've seen were at 'historical museums.' - ie; Places where they had lots of old furniture, clothing, houses, and such.
With clocks, the older the better - hands down. It's much harder to find that hands-on detail that made the old clocks so beautiful nowadays.
But who are we kidding.. had I been around in the "good old days" I most definitely wouldn't have been in a social class that could afford such magnificent pieces.
Now for some prettiness...
|borrowed from here|
I'm lucky, although he may never admit it to his buddies (or anyone else for that matter) - Andrew loves the look of old clocks as well.
Which brings me to the reason for this post...
I found this baby for 5$ at a thrift store a while ago. I HAD to get it because,
A) It worked
B) It was 5$
C) I was in love.
Thing is, it was still pretty as it was. It was scratched, sure. It was a couple different shades, sure.
But, it worked. Perfectly.
I know me, I know how I work -- I have a tendency of breaking things.
So it took me a while to actually do something to this clock.. My fears were justified.
After a bunch of sanding and paint removal, I took out my favorite ebony stain and ended up with this..
You see that fantastic painters tape job I did.
Yeah, not so fantastic.
After I had that perfectly stained look...
(about 2-3 coats with some sanding in-between)
I removed the (not so trustworthy) painter's tape and found out the clock's beautiful face (that I know I should have removed, but didn't want to break my working clock) had also been stained, and some of it's original paint had come off with the tape.
So I did something VERY stupid.
First I took some varsol to it, to try and remove the stain -- easy fix!
But it wasn't working very well.
So I took out the good 'ol furniture stripper I had used on the clock's wood.
This was a metal face.
And I didn't have very steady hands this day.
So, I went back to the drawing board. Literally.
|Yup, a pack of 200 for 8$.|
Take that stupid scrapbook paper that sells for 10$ for just a handful of sheets.
After about an hour or so of measuring, drawing, re-measuring and re-drawing -- making sure everything was perfectly in place -- I ended up with this...
It took me until seconds before I was going to glue it to realize that I had a second 6 between 10 & 12.
I blame it on being so distraught about the whole face clock mess up.
But with the love of my little buddy, I kept sane & calm, started over (trying to trace off the original to make matters easier) & ended up with this...
So I went digging around in my "craft-taken over" toolbox to see what I could find.
So I cut it carefully and took out the glue gun....
Apparently in addition to being unable to put roman numerals in order, I also can't measure correctly.
So I carefully tore off the "too short" ribbon thingy and started at one end of the roll, not cutting anything until I knew I had enough.
I love how it turned out. I'm thankful that I did a silly thing and wrecked the face because, face it.. roman numerals are much more classy than regular ol' numbers.