Paper Clock: "Make Your Own Working Paperclock"

This is a paper clock. This is NOT my original design. I got it from a book by James Smith Rudolph that I bought from The comes with instructions and diagrams (diagrams posted) and the pieces are printed on the pages which are heavy stock paper. You have to cut the book up and the pieces out then glue them together then using some sort of "axle" (I used straighten paperclips). The instructions say to use "latex based glue" but I used "Aleene's Original Tacky Glue" and it worked just fine.

These pictures are a few months old. I did not know about this glue contest until just today. My sister told me about this contest so I figured I would submit the pictures that I took. The contest says that any project is eligible just as long as it involves glue and this involved 4 fl oz (118mL) of glue, a couple paper clips, and 10g of beads.

All of this is 100% done by my hands: Cut, Glue, Assemble, Mount, Adjust. The only thing not original is the template/diagram/design but the reason that it works in the first place is that I had to take some mechanical thinking and know-how to make sure it ran.

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shazni2 months ago

looks real cool

IvaldiEitriBrokk (author) 2 months ago

Pro Tips:

Go Slow take your time be patient and be prepared for the long hull. This is not a one day affair I would dare to day that its not a 1 week affair.

the frame pieces definitely be pro-active when gluing that they do not twist while drying. Look down the pieces and line it up.

Be creative when making it. You have to be a precise as possible so make jigs and fixtures to hold things (shown in one of my pictures) I used cardboard pieces from the box the book was shipped in and cut up paper clips to hold pieces in place to glue in place.

Get a set of X-Acto knives for precise cuts and you'll be able to tell when you should take a break because your fingers/hands should hurt from cutting.

This is very cool, I've never heard of this book before! I'd love to hear more about your process! Any tips you would give to other people who attempt this project? Did you learn anything new or unexpected while making this project?