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
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
Run! It hardens quickly!
Step 3: Shape
If you mess this up, throw it back in the oven. This picture is the result of about six tries.