Introduction: Easy-to-Build: Glowing Lego Clock
Step 1: Gathering Materials
- 1 Plexi-Glass Sheet (Minimum L*W dimensions: 6.5" by 10".)
- 4 (4 by 6) Lego base plates
- Various Lego Pieces (See specifics in next few steps.)
- Clock Movement Kit (Size: 1/4" to 3/8")
- Colored Paint of choice
- Paint Brush or Paint Roller
- Metallic Silver Spray Paint.
- Drill and 5/16" Drill Head
- Permanent adhesive tape
- 2 ft Rope Light
Step 2: Drilling the Acrylic Sheet
Find the midpoints of all four sides of the sheet. Draw a line connecting the midpoints of the two lengths, and another line connecting the midpoints of the two widths. The intersection of these two lines is the center.
Using an electric drill and a 5/16" drill head, make a hole directly through the center.
Step 3: Painting the Sheet
Paint a coat of paint of your choice on one side of the sheet. Allow paint to dry, then apply a second coat. Thus, you may choose any color paint you would like, as long as the final result is opaque. You should not be able to see light or brush strokes through the side of the acrylic sheet without the paint.
Step 4: Painting the 1 by 1 Bricks
Gather 8 (1 by 1) blocks of an color. Lay newspaper around your work space. Spray each block on all sides with silver spray paint.
Step 5: Building the Number 3!
Collect 1 (4 by 6) plate, 1 (1 by 4) block, 2 (1 by 3) blocks, and 1 (1 by 2) block. Arrange blocks as shown in photo.
Step 6: Building the Number 6!
Collect 1 (4 by 6) plate, 1 (1 by 4) block, 4 (1 by 2) blocks, 1 (1 by 1) block. Arrange blocks as shown in photo.
Step 7: Building the Number 9!
Collect 1 (4 by 6) plate, 1 (1 by 4) block, 2 (1 by 2) blocks, 1 (1 by 1) block. Arrange blocks as shown in photo.
Step 8: Building the Number 12!
Collect 1 (4 by 6) plate, 1 (1 by 6) block, 4 (1 by 2) blocks, 1 (1 by 1) block. Arrange blocks as shown in photo.
Step 9: Attaching the Clock Movement
See the clock movement's package for complete instructions and the diagram above for visual reference.
Place the clock movement and rubber gasket through the sheet's hole, allowing the shiny, acrylic, non-painted side to be the front of the movement.
From the front of the sheet/clock face, place the washer on and screw the mounting nut down.
Place the hour hand, then the minute hand. Allow both hands to face the 12.
Screw the cap nut on, then pin on the second hand.
Step 10: Attaching the Numbers
Cut a strip of double sided mounting tape about 1.5 inches, and adhere to the back of a Lego number. Peel off the backing, center the number in its proper location, and attach it to the clock face. Repeat with the other three numbers.
Step 11: Gluing the (1 by 1) Blocks
Imagine that the 3, 6, 9, and 12 are in a curved line in the shape of an oval. You will be placing the blocks in line with the numbers.
Using a protractor as a guide between two numbers. locate 30 degrees and 60 degrees on the imaginary oval. Mark these locations with a small dot of glue. place a 1 by 1 block on the dot of glue.
Repeat process and position the rest of the 1 by 1 blocks evenly. There should be two blocks between each number.
Step 12: Adding Lighting
Position rope light around the back of the clock face. Make sure to place the light as close to the edge as possible for best results. Place strong, industrial tape on the light to hold it in place.
Step 13: Hanging the Clock
Hang the clock using the hanger attached to the clock movement. (See diagram in step 9).
Switch the light on and enjoy!