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Before I start this instructable I have to give credit to gmjhowe's Pantone Clock.

This is my interpretation using a Dulux  paint colours of New Zealand sample book.

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Step 1: Materials

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The materials used are:
  • Dulux Colours of New Zealand sample book.
  • Cheap clock (just needed the clock mechanism).
  • 25cm x 25cm x 3mm frosted acrylic sheet.
  • Double sided tape.
  • PVA interior glue. 

Step 2: Tools

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The Tools used are:
  • Craft Knife
  • Screw drivers
  • Dremel tool + cutting disc
  • Spanner
  • Electric drill + drill bit
  • Caliper
  • Container lid + bolt
  • Pen / Pencil 

Step 3: Opening the Book

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The first thing i did was to undo the rod holding all the pages in the colour book together.
After finding out that it didn't unscrew i decided to use a dremel tool to cut the end off and pull all the pages off. 

Ripping the first five or so pages off allows enough room to get the top of the cutting disc of the dremel between the top of the rod and the pages. 
After one end of the rod has been cut off the pages can all be pulled off and any pages damaged in the process can be discarded. 

Step 4: Layout Design

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I chose to fan the pages in a circle allowing each colours place name to be seen. 
To make all the pages go in a complete circle and allow space in the middle for the clock mechanism I used a container lid to cut all the ends of the pages in an arc shape.   
gmjhowe4 years ago
Excellent! I like this one, it looks a bit more like the 'official' pantone clock!

Thank you for taking the time to actually write it up and share.
joerice01 (author)  gmjhowe4 years ago
I'm quite happy how it turned out. 
No problem, this was my first instructable and I had been meaning to write one up for a while but never got around to it, until now.
godsdog4 years ago
I thought this was a clock made out of a cd. The color arrangement fooled me. Nice job!
Does the clock mechanism have to be in a certain range of size? Or will any size work. I'm going to buy one off of Amazon and it's about 2 3/16'' and i was wondering if it's too small or too big.

The clock you made looks fantastic and I'm looking forward to hanging it up over my desk in my room for all to see.
joerice01 (author)  rogerrabbit3214 years ago
The size it totally up to you. I really designed the middle hole so I could see the whole clock mechanism through the acrylic, but its not necessary.
eight4 years ago
Wow. what a wonderful, simple but brilliant idea. So nice to see a creative person at work. Thank you for sharing !
Raiden194 years ago
Brilliant clock and idea, I want to make one myself. I live in the UK and can't find any colour samples, any ideas? No-one seems to make them.
try B&Q paint section they have a big aray of them so just take loads :L
joerice01 (author)  Raiden194 years ago
Well I went to my local hardware store looking to just take the "free" samples but ended up buying a sample book. You could maybe request one on a paint shop website.
Dahbou4 years ago
I love this! It's beautiful and is now on my very, very long to-do list. Thanks for sharing!!
Dahbou Dahbou4 years ago
And your tutorial is fantastic, too. Great photos and lots of details.
that clock is awesome looking
farzadbayan4 years ago
Beautiful !
joerice01 (author)  farzadbayan4 years ago
Thanks mate.