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Custom Clock with Photo Hands

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Some people are clock watchers. Now everyone can be the clock.

Other projects customize the face of the clock. This one customizes the hands of the clock.

It looks expensive, but is less than $5 dollars, and about 30 minutes per clock. Perfect for Christmas Gifts, birthday gifts, end of school year gifts or any other time.

Kids, especially those learning to tell time, always get excited about this project.



 
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Step 1: Gather Materials

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9 inch clock (usually less than $5)
screw driver
scissors
glue
clock battery

Digital camera and basic editing skills assumed.

Step 2: Step 1 - Take Pictures of Subject(s)

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Getting the right pose is important.
You want to be sure to get the whole person from feet to finger tip included in the picture straight on.

If you have a cooperative subject, the ideal pose is with their right hand next to their ear, finger extended high above their head. Empty hands at their side. Getting the right light is more important than the background since the extra space will be cut out.

If you are surprising someone, then you have to cajole them a bit. My story line then is usually along "pride" shots, and asking the person to pose as "we're #1." Try to make there there isn't too much separation between the arm and the head.

Clothing is also important. Not all clothing "cuts" in half easily. Jeans and pajamas are usually easiest.

Edit the final picture so it fills a regular 4 x 6 print.


Step 3: Step 2 - Disassemble Clock

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Flip clock over onto soft surface. Keep from scratching.
Push in tabs to separate base from cover.
Flip over again and pull off the seconds hand.

Step 4: Glue Picture to Hands of Clock

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Trim picture along edges.

Decide where to cut picture in half. Hopefully this is also the waist of the picture.

Add glue to hands of clock. Take care not to let any slide down hole in center.

Make every effort not to crease picture. Any curve might make it difficult for one hand to "sweep" past the other.

Wait until glue is dry.

jakobus92 years ago
Thanks for the awesome idea! I'm taking this one to college :D
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metqa2 years ago
I've got the perfect picture for this. It's my niece in almost the exact same pose , except her hand is sorta cocked so it really does look like she's pointing. Gonna hit the dollar store for a clock. Thanks for such an easy and fun idea!!
Es encantador tu proyecto, muy original y simpático, felicidades :)
mikroGanesh3 years ago
brilliant
DIYerNeil4 years ago
Definitely a personalized clock for oneself or as a gift. I was also thinking if it would be motivational for men to be not late for work, to have their beautiful girlfriend's picture here?
red-king4 years ago
 I like it. it's a good way to personalize clocks.
kcli4 years ago
What fun...I've gotta try this SOON! 

Good luck int the contest ;o)
CanuckAmok4 years ago
Thanks so much for the idea! I was stuck for a Christmas gift idea, and this was brilliant. Trying to get a 10-month-old to pose with a finger in the air proved to be somewhat of a challenge, though. In the end it worked out and the gift was loved by all. Thanks again!!
Oh how fun! I love this idea. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.
Looks adorable!  What a clever idea!!!!  Thanks so much for sharing. Wowzers ;0) 10/10
I love it! A very creative gift. :D