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What this Instructable will teach you ?
To take a plain old timepiece or clock and make it run backwards and fit it into a really cool clock face to make your own customized clock you can hang proudly ,because you made it yourself.

How cool is it?
well, its pretty cool take it from me i had this clock in my dorm room for a year and everyone who has seen it has asked me how to make one or asked me to make one for them. (like hell i'll make one for you...).

Has this been done before?
yep. there is another Instructable for this which is also very detailed if you want another source to clear your doubts. link: http://www.instructables.com/id/Reverse_Clock_1/ By crazypoop.
But i made the reverse clock 4 years ago for my science project about the working of a clock.

Why would you want to make a clock that runs backwards?
Because its cool.

 
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Step 1: Things you'll need.

Picture of Things you'll need.
Tools: None

Other things:
1. You'll need a quartz movement . i.e the part of the clock that actually has the mechanics and the hands. I took mine from an old clock that i had lying around which i never used. you can also buy one its pretty cheap.

2. Carboard, Paper and pens to make the clock face and to make the numbers on it.

3. Extremely optional is a Digital camera to record each step because the Instructable involves opening up the clock and removing the cogs so you might want to record each step when you put the parts back in.

That's all . So, without further ado lets make a creepy backwards running clock.
14395122Jj8 months ago
Try a record like a music record disc. I made many record clocks but I might try a counter clockwise one.
jijigogirl1 year ago
will it turn out like this? thanks :)
ViolaFedora2 years ago
I did it! It took some work (I hadn't ever played around with clock movements before, so this was kind of scary for me) but it worked wonderfully :D Thank you SO MUCH! :D
I don't want want to be rude or anything I'm just having trouble with it. Do I need a soldering pencil??? How do I change the polarity??
Not really any need for soldering here, to reverse the polarity of the electromagnet, you kinda just have to flip it. Thats not really reversing the polarity here as i just realised. Its just reversing the electromagnet itself. Comprende?
wolfkeeper3 years ago
I tried this, and it really worked!

It was so good I ended up giving the clock away as a Christmas present.
I want to give it as a gift too but i must have done something wrong cuz mine is not working and I broke two clocks trying
karthikvasudevan (author)  wolfkeeper3 years ago
glad you found it useful. :)
Ok I have a problem I just broke 2 clocks doing this experiment. The first one I got to the end and it wouldn't work so silly me I tried again and broke the second one should I try for a third cuz the methods dont seem to be working
ac1D5 years ago
what time is it on your picture? 10:10?
simplebeep ac1D3 years ago
It's, you know, whatever.
;-)
karthikvasudevan (author)  ac1D5 years ago
thats right
msw1004 years ago
Sometimes these clock will go backwards if you just reverse the battery
save a lot of trouble?
Yeah, sometimes the circuitry of the clock is not meant to take reverse current. It might work or it might not—though it probably won't cause harm to the clock either way.
Um, be careful with that though.
If your battery starts getting warm... I'd rather go with the involved method.
But hey, it might work.
gingertux3 years ago
About 40 to 50 yearsago I saw a large reverse clock in an ornate carved wood frame in an antique shop. I have wanted one ever since. I wonder how long they have actually been around.
karthikvasudevan (author)  gingertux3 years ago
Theres also a reverse clock in that movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I guess it would be cool to make one of that scale and antiquity.
I'm pretty sure I have this original clock hanging in my room.
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yep thats the one i got the idea from. a friend of mine had one.
my aunt has 1 too
 Funk yeah :D
lwilcockson3 years ago
As a kid, my aunt had a backwards clock and it always confused hell out me. For years it was on her lounge room wall and I finally grew accustomed to it. Then she got smart and placed it on the bathroom wall - directly opposite the vanity mirror - as you're getting ready (when you're in a hurry and have no time for your mind to reverse a clock face) you simply glance up and read the mirrored time easily!
Lol a time machine! ;)
pretty cool! It's familer though,my teacher has this in her room,lol
snehavenus4 years ago
 thsz awesome! really CoOl...  :) 
Am-Nuel4 years ago
your clock is so lazy. it keeps telling me "whatever" all the time.
LOL
karthikvasudevan (author)  Am-Nuel4 years ago
 yeah dude ,,like...you knowww.......if u cool enough........you dont need the time bro..
u know what im sayin.....
andrewmd5 years ago
this is rly cool so far i got the backwards thing done (1st try thankfully)- used one of those cheap IKEA 3$ clocks now i gotta think of a nice design i dont wanna copy urs...but its pretty tempting :D
karthikvasudevan (author)  andrewmd5 years ago
like i said in the instructable , i got the idea from a clock i found on the internet. tell me how u make urs when ur done.
kaosfury5 years ago
Sheet metal for the face and some thin magnets for numbers and/or letters would be a great addition. You could change it as you like.
karthikvasudevan (author)  kaosfury5 years ago
yeah i wanted to do somtin like that but im way too lazy for that..lol
Chicken22095 years ago
my grandparents had that clock
Thanks, I never thought there were useful gears in those clock units, I am putting the word out for broken ones. Maybe your clock could become part of a time machine?