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Leather Covered Pendulum Clock

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This is a rework of my wall clock, i decided to make it with leather, to give it a modern look.

Here is a quick movie showing it in action!



Now on with the instructions!

Materials needed -
  • Some 'gmjboard' aka dense cardboard
  • A large sheet of leather
  • A pendulum clock mechanism
  • Some PVA/wood/elmers glue
  • Some white card
  • Super glue
  • double sided tape
  • A 'metal weight'
 
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Step 1: Choosing a shape.

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I wanted a symmetrical design, heres how i went about it

Firstly i drew a few sketches, to finalize my idea.

Picture 1 - Tape a few sheets of paper together for a base, i created a rough square, and then worked ontop of that, i only needed to design one side.

Pictures 2 & 3 - After one side is complete, cut it out, and fold it over, you can then draw around one half, and cut out the full shape.

Picture 4 - Trace the shape onto some dense card

Picture 5 - Main shape cut out.

Step 2: Attach the leather front.

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I kno it might seem a bit weird doing it this way around, but intitally the shape was going to be flat.

I found a piece of leather big enough for for my shape, and laid the card on top. Carefully lift the card up and glue all over the leather, spread it out using your finger to get a good coating. Place the card down, and press down firmly.

Trim the leather down leaving about 20m of leather around the edge.

Step 3: Adding depth

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Ok, now to bulk up the depth.

Cut a strip of card to your desired depth, i decided to go with 25mm. This will mean once my mechanism is in place the entire clock with 'float' about 10mm away from the wall.

Carefully run the card around the edge of your shape, Some of the corners will need 'scoring' to help them bend. Hold the edge in place with tape, i used masking tape. Once you have the edge in place run a line of wood glue around the inside edge.

Add a few triangular struts around the inside for strength. Use more tape to hold everything in place.
Leave to dry over night.


maliani2 years ago
I liked the design, very good, but I wonder who is the music that singing? Hugs


ha ha, i thought it was a darth vader helmet at first...
Gjdj35 years ago
Nice clock, and nice techno music in the video!
gmjhowe (author)  Gjdj35 years ago
haha! thanks!
omnibot5 years ago
OMG! The pendulum action is out of sync with the seconds shown on the clock. How annoying is that? Nice Instructable though.
gmjhowe (author)  omnibot5 years ago
haha, i had not noticed, the pendulum movement is just a simple electro magnet, so im not that botherd! thanks for the comment!
LinuxH4x0r5 years ago
Very nice! I like leather stuff. I could probably find a movement if i look around my scrap pile/closet
gmjhowe (author)  LinuxH4x0r5 years ago
Thanks! Ive still got lots of leather left, so expect to see some more!
Great! Hope to see more soon
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