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  In this project I have some Halloween characters attached to the hands of a clock traveling in a circle creating an animated Halloween diorama in a jar.  A ghost is attached to the second hand traveling in a circle at a rate of once a minute.  A cat is on the minute hand completing a circle in an hour.  The zombie, much slower since he has a bad leg takes 12 hours to go around.  The tombstone marks twelve o"clock and the pumpkins mark 3, 6 and 9 o'clock so you can still tell the time.

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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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Clock mechanism

Large jar with lid

Craft foam or card stock, small Halloween decorations

Clear plastic

Optional: LED tealight

Black paint and coloured markers




Step 2: Ground

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Trace and cut a circle of black craft foam using the opening of the jar.  The circle should be able to fit inside the jar, trim as needed. 

Make a hole in the centre of the foam large enough to fit the part of the clock mechanism that holds the hands.

Step 3: Hands

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Place the hands on the clock and set it in the lid of the jar. 

Bend the hands up so that they fit inside the jar and are angled far enough apart that they don't interfere with the rotation (or each other).

The hands on top need to be shorter then the one beneath, (so in this case the hour hand is longer than the others - going against convention.)

Step 4: Ghost

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Sketch a little ghost about one inch in height and transfer it onto white craft foam.

Cut out the shape and draw in the eyes and mouth. 

Trim the arm of the second hand so that only the horizontal portion remains.

I found some clear plastic (PET) packaging that had a bend and cut a piece 2 inches long and ~1/4 inches wide and includes part of the bend (see image 4 and 5 above).

Glue the straight end to the ghost and the bent end to the second hand.
this is great
That's scary COOL, man! I'll bet If I started one now, it would be finished in time for Halloween... Maybe... just maybe! :^)
ChrysN (author)  thehaneyplace3 years ago
Thanks. You have a few months still.
frikkie3 years ago
freaken awesome!!!!love it !
sunshiine3 years ago
I loved the cat! This is so cute! Thanks for sharing.
nash643 years ago
its toooooooo cool, thanks
Thanks for the Ible
fruitsushi3 years ago
Very cool! I hope I can find a good glass jar for this project!
ChrysN (author)  fruitsushi3 years ago
I found mine at a dollar store, another option is as ildegiron mentioned below to use a cd/dvd container.
Alright! Thanks a bunch ChrysN!
Bubbler3 years ago
I like this instructable. I have seen a clock like this that is built into a glass cube, with a witch that flays around a house every minute. I may think of another theme to make one of these. The jars are easily found in dollar stores in the kitchen department. Well done.
ezrablu3 years ago
This is so cool!!! I just love it!!! Thank you for this terrific instructible!
ChrysN (author)  ezrablu3 years ago
Very clever! I love the idea of adapting the clock movement for an animation purpose. Very nice job on the foam figures.

My own version would probably switch the ghost and the zombie. The herky-jerky movement of the second hand seems appropriate for a zombie, and the more subtle positioning of the minute hand is good for a sneaky creepy ghost. Maybe the Grim Reaper on the hour hand.

This is one 'ible I may actually try on my own. Thanks for taking the time to document your work.
ChrysN (author)  balloondoggle3 years ago
Yes, I wish I had a better quality clock with a sweeping second hand so the ghost would move more gracefully.

The Grim Reaper sounds like a great idea, I'd love to see it when it is done!
iceng3 years ago
Very clever, gave you 5 and a vote.

ChrysN (author)  iceng3 years ago
legomum3 years ago
I was thinking that a Christmas theme would be great for this too--or any other theme one would wish really. Great idea, thank you!!!!
WVvan3 years ago
Wonderfully clever! Thumbs up.
ildegiron3 years ago
Very cool!!!

I will be building a couple of them as gifts for some friends. Instead of the jar I plan on using discarded CD containers.

sbuckner3 years ago
love this, witty.
mikeasaurus3 years ago
very creative, I love it!
ChrysN (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
ynze3 years ago
Pretty cool!
ChrysN (author)  ynze3 years ago