How to Make a Working Mosaic Clock




Introduction: How to Make a Working Mosaic Clock

This is a mosaic clock that works. The following steps will help you make one too. (This is my first instructable, so if you have anything to say just ask in the comments below. I would love to hear everyone`s opinion and want them to be happy.)
Lets get started!

Step 1: Materials

You will need the following items:
- Clock movement motor (it comes with clock hands)
- Plastic numbers
- Mosaic tiles (or any tiles of your choice)
- Mosaic tile grout
- Circular piece of wood
- Super glue
you can get all of these items at a craft store near you. (Unless they ran out of the products that you need, but that will be very unlikely)

Step 2: Add a Center Hole

This step is pretty simple. Using a drill, add a hole to the center of the circle.  This is where the clock motor will go.

Step 3: Lay the Tiles

Place the mosaic tiles where you want them to be on the circular wood. I chose the colors dark blue,light blue, and green because those are my favorite, but you can use any colors of your choice. If you want your tiles to be spaced out, you should put the tiles about an inch and a half apart and if not, then put them about half an inch apart.

Step 4: Glue the Tiles Into Place

Take the super glue and glue the mosaic tiles into place. Remember not to glue the tiles too close to the center hole.

Step 5: Add Mosaic Grout

Take a blob of the mosaic grout and place it on the tiles. Use a paint brush to spread it out onto the tiles.Make sure that the grout gets into all the cracks and does not get too close to the center hole.
After 5-10 minutes, wipe off the excess grout from the top of tiles with a damp rag-- this way you can now see the design.

Step 6: Optional Side Mosaic Tile

If you would like to add tiles to the side of the clock, glue them on to the sides, and then apply the grout as done in step 5. (I recommend doing this.)

Step 7: Finished Grouting Product

Once you have wiped off the excess grout and it has dried completely, this is what it should look like.

Step 8: Glue on Clock Numbers

First measure out where each number will go and simply place them on the clock
Glue the 12, 3, 6, and 9 numbers down first-- this will make it easier to place the other numbers in exact measurements.

Step 9: Attach the Clock Motor

Take the clock motor and place it through the hole. Once this is in the hole, there should be a bolt (provided with clock motor) that will hold it down.

Step 10: Attach Hands of Clock

From the top of the clock, place the hour hand down first, then the minute hand and finally the second hand.

Step 11: TA-DA

You have just made a mosaic clock. Now put a battery in the motor to make it tick!
I hope you liked this instructable on how to make a mosaic working clock! It is a great present so hope you have fun making yours!
Thank you instructables for letting me show everyone how to make this! Good luck!

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    14 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    That's brilliant! One of the best instructables I've seen.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    this thing is so awesome and easy to build you should definitley vote on it.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    My Friends introduced my to this website, and I fell in love with this clock immediately. I love it! It's so inspiring. Good luck!


    9 years ago on Step 12

    I must be hungry because this looks like a glass pizza. Good clock, probably not a good lunch ;)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    It's a pretty good summer project and is not very expensive. I like it :)


    This is a cool clock! Thanks for showing me how to make it. Very creative.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Whoa! This is the coolest thing. I am totally going to make this later! It's the only one that truly gives step by step instructions! Super cool bubblebuddy777!!


    I'm in the middle of making this and it's working great. This is very creative, thanks so much bubblebuddy777!