Introduction: Disposable Flatware Clock by Samuel Bernier

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Since almost three years now, I've been eating lunch at school using the same disposable fork. This plastic flatware people use like toilet paper is actually quite sustainable when used for a long period of time. While I keep my little polystyrene fork in my school bag, I notice that most students' desks are filled with dirty plastic spoons, plates, coffee cups and more forks. (Design education...)
I had to create a clock for an auction benefiting students in industrial design. I only had to look on five different tables to get what I needed.

Step 1: Stuff

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6 cleaned forks
6 cleaned soup spoons
Polystyrene sheet less than 5 mm of thickness
A clock mechanism
Gorilla or Super glue

Step 2: Clean

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Once you've collected all the used spoons and forks, use a little bit of water and soap to remove any residue of food. The paint won't last on anything greasy.

Step 3: Core

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Trace a circle on the polystyrene sheet and mark its center. Use a pair of compasses or a circular object. Your circle should have a diameter of 12 cm. Then use a cutter, scissors of a band saw to remove the excess plastic.

Step 4: Drill

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Use a 1/4 drill to make the hole in the center of the circle.

Step 5: Glue

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Apply super strong glue to the base of the disposable flatware and stick them around the circle. Keep enough space for the mechanism. You will have to stick it too.

Step 6: Dry and Paint

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Once everything is glued, you can start painting the clock. Make sure not to put paint in the battery compartment. You may want to add a little ring or hook on the back of the mechanism to help you hang it on the wall. Now, install the clock's hands, put on a battery and set the time. Project finished.

Step 7: Be Funky!

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With these instructions, you have an infinite possibility of designs. Just let your imagination go crazy.

-Samuel Bernier


flying_carrot made it! (author)2014-06-17

Everybody wonders where I bought this clock, cause it looks amazing. Thank you for this idea, it was fun making it. :)

agomes6 (author)2012-07-17

I tried my best to give you the proper credit :)

Loopstyle (author)2012-03-13

Like like like :) in this link you can find more colorful ones


paqrat (author)2012-03-12

You might want to use different colored hands for ease in use. Maybe white.

paqrat (author)2012-03-12

Great look. I had an idea some while back to do this with regular flatware. Yours is probably more easily doable and possibly better looking.

BittaSweetCandy (author)2012-03-11

Brilliant idea, and it looks SO contemporary and stylish! I love it!

handy157 (author)2012-03-11

To make the '12:00' position stand out, you could use a knife for that position.

chicopluma (author)2012-03-11

Really cool

jwatson-1 (author)2012-03-11

EXCELLENT! Crafty! Simple, plain and neat to use the Shakers' terms!

nanaverm (author)2012-03-11

And it's so lightweight!

shazni (author)2012-03-11

I did this when i went through my clock phase ( i go through craft phases :-))
only it was metallic silver. great job!

nike05 (author)2012-03-11

Nice one

tukas (author)2012-03-11

I like it! Great idea!

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