Picture of altoids clock
A new mod for an old favorite.

Step 1: Gather materials

Picture of gather materials
You'll need a(n);
cheapo clock,
battery for clock,
Altoids Sours tin,Awl,
and packing cardboard(
the thin stuff)
for a spacer.
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i have never see a round one olny rectangluar ones
ehpatch5 years ago
hey i loved the clock im gonna make a project for school just like itwish me luck!!!!!!!!!
mason01907 years ago
will a watch work i dont have a cheap clock...
No. Get a clock kit @ walmart, hobby lobby, etc. They're about $12 or less.
that is a very large waste of money, if you go to walmart. They have clocks you can disassemble for 4$. You also get to keep the plastic lens cover thing, and the body. I was bored just a few hours ago, bought one, reversed it and made a new clock face.
Find a garage sale. I dont think i've ever been to a garage sale that didn't have a cheapo clock.
where can a get a round tin like this? i really want it
what an exciting video lol i geuss there was not much else to video
haha, thats what I was thinking
Here's one I did. I drilled small holes in the 3, 6, 9, and 12 spots and wired in 4 blue leds with resistors on all 4 powered by 3 small 1.5 v watch batteries run in series, and added 2 magnets to the back. I think it turned out kinda cool but completely unpractical with the leds. If I make another one I think I will get some glow in the dark florescent green paint and paint the hands and some paper to put behind maybe all the hour marks.Ill post it if and when I get it done.
the only problem is, where are the hands pointing to? in the picture, i assume it is about 11 o'clock, but couldn't it be 2:15 it tilted 90 degrees?
doesnt matter if it's tilted 90 degrees or anything really. All you do is find out the correct time and then tilt the hour of the clock to that hour then simply adjust the minute hand appropriately to the current minutes ( at the altoids name level, it will take some twisting ) then it will be on time forever. Do the same thing when you have to move up an hour or back one during daylight saving time.
look at the altoids sign
That is awesome!
smileys Analog6 years ago
Nothing to do with the ible but analog is that a katamari damaci (hope I spelled it right) avatar. I love that game.
Thanks for the comment its really easy to make i think the hardest part was finding the altoids tin lol seems to be a dying breed
I know! They taste soo good! WHYYY!?!?!?!?!?
That looks really cool! Grate job! I am also going to make one whit LEDs.
well when you get it finished please post some pics. i would like to see how yours comes out.
The only problem is that in my country we don't have Altoids. I have made a topic on instructables marketplace in the wanted category that I am looking for Altoids tins. Would you happen to have some, and are willing to sell me?
check out altoids.com, amazon,com, and ebay for new and empty tins. theres some available on those sites.
paper warrior (author)  devries1020017 years ago
Now that looks cool, you could try using some EL wire with it as well...
I have been checking the EL wire idea out cuz it sounds a whole lot easier then soldering those LEDs in but i dont know if the EL wire inverter will fit inside the tin. Even the smallest inverter they have looks a little to big to fit. I had a hard enough time to get everything else to fin in there, especially the batteries I didnt know how I was gonna get them to fit until I realized I could lay them side by side and run some wire to connect the power/ground. Maybe I can find a smaller clock to put inside the tin or trim more of the clock I found. Well I know im gonna make more of these (thanks a lot Paper Warrior) cuz now all my co-workers and family members want one lol. Thanks for the great ideas and thanks for the reply. Glad you liked mine.
paper warrior (author)  devries1020017 years ago
You could always use a few button cells, all it needs is a constant supply of a specific amperage and voltage, it doesn't care about wheter its a AA or not...
Ohh I thought you had to use a inverter from the way I was reading it from a site that sells them. Well without the inverter its starting to really tempt me. I posted your link on another instructables project that thought was cool. I hope you dont mind. http://www.instructables.com/id/E5JCIF806TEV0FAYR2/?commentflag=1189827024851#CWB19PHF6B7T08C
paper warrior (author)  devries1020017 years ago
Why hell, you flatter me. :P
artquilter6 years ago
Nice, fast, simple instructable. I'm gonna make one too! I suggest taking a AA battery with to Goodwill, thrift shops and find a cheap clock to use. All you need is the clock unit. Next it needs a stand to sit in so it can be a 'desk clock'.
lopoff6 years ago
buy a clock duh
Nickelplate6 years ago
Ha, I have that exact tin sitting around at home, waiting for something... maybe this is the something! Thanks!
dtoma6 years ago
Nice love the idea i made a cd clock and used a light scribe disk
Put the clock on the inside and use a paperclip to make a hinge. Use cardboard for he face, and write numbers. Voila, a pocket watch
comodore7 years ago
Loking for round Altoids cases, just like in the picture! Who would like to sell me one??? Thanks
i did something similar with an old CD once, made it so the shiny side was facing out, but didn't trim the hands of the clock, let those be longer. it looked really nice. with those clock motors that you can buy at hobby shops these days you can just about make a clock out of anything you can poke a whole through. they're pretty cool.
joosh7 years ago
looks awesome. im making this after i do some of my own altoids tin projects.
sofaking7 years ago
great clock now I can tell time in my dad's car
mechcem7 years ago
i added a and old belt so its A WATCH
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Cheesecake7 years ago
My boyfriend and I looked everywhere for small alarm clocks to dismantle for this project without luck. Eventually, we found small clock making kits at Micheal's though.

We hung them with sticky tac, which seems to be working out fine on my cheap, uneven college wardrobe. I'd love to have a whole collection of small clocks. Thanks, paper warrior, I think I'm addicted to clock making. Next I want to try the melting clocks.

Here's what my Altoid clock turned out like:
Spek8 years ago
Yeah altoids all the way! Nice invention by the way.
cry_wolf8 years ago
This is awsome, its 10:38pm, i'm bored so what do i do? Grab adn altoids tin and make a clock, i am so gonna sell on of these to my friends.
paper warrior (author)  cry_wolf8 years ago
i'm fine with you selling but remember who invented it
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