How to use sugru to turn a salvaged clock into a Hacker Junk Creation. I found this working clock at the Goodwill. It had an empty area below the clock face with a glass cover. Being that I make art out of old computer parts and other recycled materials, I just knew I could fill it up with something. I work out of the Artisan's Asylum
and Parts and Crafts
in Somerville, MA. where I also lead workshops for children and adults.
Step 1: Assemble Parts
In addition to gears, belts and springs, printers are full of interesting plastic parts which I wanted to adhere along a thin wooden strip inside the clock. I spray painted some silver. The red stripped piece came from a really really old oscilloscope that was aprox. 3' x 4' in size! (see 1st pic). I did a black/white collage over the clock face and also painted the back piece in silver & gold stripes.
Step 2: Attach Glass
I worked the sugru like clay into a flat pancake and used an exacto-knife to slice thin slivers which I used to attach the glass. I also mixed black and white sugru to get grey.
Step 3: Working with sugru
I rolled small balls of sugru to attach to the bottoms of the pieces. I had to mold them around the base then create a "suction cup" shape with a wide surface to attach to the wood surface. I used clay tools (they look like dentist implements) to sculpt the sugru around the base of the parts.One by one, I added the plastic parts Sugru worked well because I had time to rearrange the parts before it dried.
Step 4: Experimentation
I tried attaching the pieces with clay but it was too heavy. I used foam, it was ugly. I tried plaster, it didn't work. Sugru was the best solution for this project.
Step 5: Final Steps
I wedged pieces of cardboard between the pieces to keep them straight. The next day, I added LED lights to brighten it up and I was done! This and other Hacker Junk Creations are for sale at MELSPLACE