Introduction: How to Make a Dali Style Melting Clock

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I don't listen to any of my old records, but I really like to have them around. Luckily enough, so do my friends. Another point we have in common is an appreciation of knowing what time it is. I've been messing around with records and have solved my dilemmas of where to where to put my apples and candles, but I can always use another clock.

Thanks to my local thrift store and IKEA I can make a unique clock for less than $5. It's an easy and fun present that can be torn apart for any future clock simply by ripping the mechanism out again.

Step 1: Find a Record

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Gazing into Barry's eyes transports me to a golden past that I never experienced the first time around, but now feel as if it's my own. But as I will ever treasure this 12 by 12 inch slice of heaven from the 70s the true goal in finding a record is one where the small label in the middle of the record is what matters.

Another key thing to look for is a cheap and floppy slab of black PVC when digging through the thrift store. These will soften faster and be easier to work with.

Step 2: Toss It in the Oven

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Preheat your oven to 220F/100C and toss in the record for a couple minutes. When it's thoroughly flopping about, yank it out and run to a table to do the next step.

Run! It hardens quickly!

Step 3: Shape

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Find a nice and level table with a straight edge and hang the record over the side of it. Make sure the label is aligned to your supreme satisfaction and flatten out the record on the tabletop. You can try to shape the hanging vinyl, but I've found that the random curves that form on their own are typically fantastic and do a lovely job of reflecting the light.

If you mess this up, throw it back in the oven. This picture is the result of about six tries.

Step 4: Dismantle a Clock

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If you're lucky enough to live near an IKEA and can shop there during a weekday, then you can get a Rusch clock for $3. You can easily open it up to get the clock movement and hands out of it. Just be sure to ditch the second hand. It makes far too much noise to merit being included. Use it as a toothpick instead.

You can also go to Klockit and find a wide array of movements for cheap. You can even get an atomic movement if you want.

Step 5: Glue in Movement

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Use some hot glue or other adhesive you prefer and glue the movement to the record. The hole in the middle is plenty big enough for the movement to poke through. For an extra detail, be sure to center it.

Step 6: Modify Hands

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Here are the hands from the Rusch clock attached to the record. Both hands stick out past the label which won't work out. The back on black is appealing, but useless, so the hands need to be cut short. You can see the results in the next step.

Step 7: Attach Hands

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Here are the hands now attached to the clock. Easy easy.

Step 8: Drill Hole

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A cool clock looks pretty good when it's falling, but the impact on the ground is a bummer. Drill a hole in the horizontal part of the clock to accommodate a nail.

Step 9: Hang

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Now you can hang the clock on a mantle or a bookshelf. The trick is to find a place that has enough room for the clock movement. and once you do, be sure to nail the clock down so that it doesn't fall off. Now make a few more for your friends who would enjoy it and ease on out of the ultra-consumer fest that we do to celebrate time passing.


Cris DIY made it! (author)2016-08-26

I made one! :) Thank you so much for this instructable. I had some issues during the process for it was the first time I worked with vinyl, but it turned out really great.

Antzy Carmasaic made it! (author)2015-11-12

It's an awesome idea. I used it for my instructable:

I used a hot air gun instead of melting it in an oven which worked out pretty well too.

Video for reshaping the vinyl record:

djokenzi (author)2015-01-30

Nice idea with melting the record. I've made a few of regular vinyl clocks before, but now I'll have to try to make this one.

VikingDK (author)2013-08-21

Nice, quick and a great use of the old Vinyls!

IVT (author)2012-12-15


1plus1 (author)2012-10-03

This is really cool. I linked to your post here:

lucek (author)2009-12-21

that just makes me wince. I love my record collection, I can't look at that with ought thinking about every one of them.

candilee47 (author)lucek2012-09-05

U still play them??

lucek (author)candilee472012-09-05

yeah vinyl rules.

kokopipiss (author)2012-09-02

In first picture of step 5 you could have tried to clean in with cotton and alcohol. If it is a usual ballpoint pen (as it seems to be), you would probably have cleaned it easily.

fungus amungus (author)2011-11-13

The clock I used was $3, and is now $2, from Ikea. Since I live close to one and stop by occasionally for other stuff, this makes the clock cheaper. It's often not too hard to find an old clock for free, either.

I've bought movements online as well to get different hands or a high torque movement. It's all a matter of what you need.

JKPieGuy (author)fungus amungus2011-11-16

Well I can see what you mean by that. But the only problem with inexpensive clocks sometimes is that they tend to break-down easier.

JKPieGuy (author)2011-11-13

This is a really cool idea but to let you know, it's actually allot cheaper to buy a clock kit than to take apart a clock.

memyselfand1 (author)2009-06-29

This is awesome! If we could get everyone to make one, it would be a record (or not)!

red-king (author)memyselfand12009-08-13

bad pun. lol

ANTQNUT (author)red-king2009-11-14

lol I agree
but it made me laugh! O_<

memyselfand1 (author)ANTQNUT2009-11-20

thank you kindly! this is one of the few sites where people have a sense of humour.

Mehehehful (author)memyselfand12009-11-30

Agreed. (btw same person-- I made a new acc) =D

memyselfand1 (author)Mehehehful2009-12-01

 love the new avatar.

Mehehehful (author)memyselfand12009-12-01

Thanks it's my favorite image.
Mwahahahaha soon happy turtles will rule the world!

tino7777777 (author)Mehehehful2009-12-12

can't wait for that day to come... =)

memyselfand1 (author)tino77777772009-12-12


Mehehehful (author)memyselfand12009-12-12

Doubly Agreed.

tino7777777 (author)Mehehehful2009-12-13


Mehehehful (author)tino77777772009-12-16

O_O I never knew how to make that face... I can't believe I never saw it or thought to make it.... =:D = epic win
xD these are the things that make mai life.

tino7777777 (author)Mehehehful2009-12-16

<@;-B>      (pointy hat, curly hair, winking buck tooth face with noes and beard!)

Mehehehful (author)tino77777772009-12-17

looks like my grandpa... xD

tino7777777 (author)Mehehehful2009-12-24

cool. a grampa made of punctuation! double =:D

Mehehehful (author)tino77777772009-12-26

creeeeeepyyyy.. it kinda looks like a Qtip (i dunno how to spell that so i just figured Q and tip kinda spelled it out.. sorta.)

memyselfand1 (author)Mehehehful2009-12-27

I think it's spelt "Q-tip"

Mehehehful (author)memyselfand12009-12-27

Mind. Blown.

tino7777777 (author)Mehehehful2010-01-01

you guys are easily amused....then again, so am i.

Mehehehful (author)tino77777772010-01-07

ahhh life.

tino7777777 (author)Mehehehful2010-01-07


Mehehehful (author)tino77777772010-01-08

This whole conversation makes me laugh. =P

memyselfand1 (author)Mehehehful2010-01-08

and i cop an email for each reply you guys make.
still, this has taken the style of most of my facebook posts: way off course but pretty funny.

tino7777777 (author)memyselfand12010-01-09

same here bob. the rediculousness of my facebook comments have translated well to this site. :D

tino7777777 (author)tino77777772010-01-09

i still haven't made one of those clocks :P

Mehehehful (author)tino77777772010-01-09

same here.. lolz

memyselfand1 (author)Mehehehful2010-01-09

i have. score 1 to me.

Mehehehful (author)memyselfand12010-01-10

Two WOOTS for McMooow!

Heywasup (author)Mehehehful2010-02-21

 lol u guys really need to find a sumthin else to do XD

Mehehehful (author)Heywasup2010-02-22

I KNOW. this whole conversation depresses me. though it also makes me laugh quite a bit. xD

HeeHee! your conversation is so ridiculously funny, it made my day XD thanx guys! LOL

any time. xD bt dubs I love the username :D

thanks :-D I like your turtle :-D


tino7777777 (author)Mehehehful2010-03-30

if you look closely, you'll see this convorsation is in the shape of a tornado :O

Mehehehful (author)tino77777772010-04-02

 O_O your right. 

tino7777777 (author)Mehehehful2010-04-06

we're not in kansas anynore todo :P

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