Introduction: Make a Doomsday Clock

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From Wikipedia:

The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock face, maintained since 1947 by the board of directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago. The closer the clock is to midnight, the closer the world is estimated to be to global disaster.

Now you can enjoy the feeling of impending annihilation twice a day! Turn your old, boring clock into a metaphor for destruction!

Materials and equipment:

    1. Clock
    2. Screwdriver
    3. (Optional) Rotary tool
    4. Craft knife/scissors
    5. Glue
    6. Pattern (See step 2)
    7. Bolt cutter/wire clipper/anything similar

Step 1: Disassembling the Clock

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1. Remove the front of the clock.
2. Remove the hands from the center stalk.
3. Remove the driver mechanism.
4. (Optional) Remove the excess bezel (I did this because it was broken. You may want to keep it to reassemble your clock).

Step 2: Reassembling the Clock

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1. Print out the pattern (the zip file contains an SVG. Instructables for some reason doesn't seem to understand SVGs), scaled to fit your clock. One good way to do this is to insert it into a text document to get the exact dimensions right. The pattern is based on Conte Magnus' design.
2. Cut it out.
3. (Optional) Cut out a blank circle of about the same size as the clock face to cover up any bleed-through of the design already on the clock.
4. Cut out the center parts of each piece of paper.
5. Glue the new face (and blank paper, if applicable) down to the clock face.
6. Snip the hands down to size, and glue the paper hands to them. Note: There is no second hand pattern.
7. Put the driving mechanism back on the clock.
8. Put the hands on. Tip: Line them all up at 12:00:00 to ensure correct alignment.
9. (Optional) If you didn't destroy the bezel and front, put them back on.
10. Insert battery. You're done!

Comments

andy.knote (author)2014-12-17

Cheeky, clever. Nice Work!

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