Leaf Clock

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Introduction: Leaf Clock

About: I love clocks

I made this nice autumn leaf clock for my grandmother for her 80th birthday because she loves nature. It was a fun project, and it went quite well! It is now hanging in her kitchen by the window.

It took many days to create this clock since it required 3 different resin layers, which takes approximately 48 hours to dry properly per pour.

Good luck!

Supplies

  • Some nice leaves (or somethings else - I have other projects like this where I have used bottlecaps, gears, fruits and many more)
  • A clockwork
  • Numbers (unless you are going to make them out of resin like I will in this project - for that you will need a silicon number mold)
  • Round mold (I use silicon molds made for baking)
  • Resin
  • Color powder
  • Super glue
  • Equipment for using resin, ie. plastic cups, rubber gloves, spirit level and craft sticks

Step 1: Choose and Collect the Materials

Collect the materials! I found some super nice leaves on my way to work, and I just couldn't resist the urge to pick them up. They had such nice red, orange and yellow colors, and I just needed to use them for something!

You can also use other materials. Personally, I've made similar projects with fruits, bottlecaps and gears, and I am planning on making one with rocks. Anything goes!

Step 2: Two Clear Resin Pours & Numbers

The very first step, is to pour clear resin into the mold, and make wait for it to harden. It doesn't have to be completely hard to do the next pour, but because leaves are organic material, we need to make sure that there is absolutely no air touching the leaves - this will prevent them from rotting. Wait at least 12-24 hours for it to dry.

Once you've done that, you are ready to add the leaves. Personally I like to arrange them on the table before I add them to the mold, to make sure it looks good. This is because you will have to put the leaves upside down inside of the mold, because the bottom of the mold will be the front of the clock. Once you have arranged them, pour a second layer of clear resin over the leaves. Make sure it covers all the leaves - again this is to prevent them from rotting.

This time you will need the resin to be completely hardened - wait at least 48 hours before the next step, and don't take it out of the mold yet.

If you are making your own numbers, you will need some more resin - I took the leftover resin I didn't need for the second pour, and added color powder to it. Then I poured it into my number mold.

Tip: Use a spirit level to make sure the resin is drying perfectly straight! I've had many pours harden on an angle.

Step 3: Color Resin Pour

When the clear resin is completely hard, you are ready for the third colored resin pour. Make a new batch of resin and add the colors you like.

For this project I chose mainly white, and added some orange and gold to it. Pick the colors that fit best with your clock!

Once you've mixed it all well, you can pour it into the mold on top of the clear resin. This will be the background of your clock, and this is why it is so important that the clear resin is completely hard - so they don't mix.

Once again, wait at least 48 hours for the resin to dry, before you can take out your circular shape of the mold!

Step 4: Drill a Hole for the Clockwork

Drill a hole in your resin clock! In this step it is very important that you make sure to check out your clockwork.Most clockworks are exactly 1cm diameter, and in such case you will need a 1cm diameter drill.

Things to be aware of:

  • Drill slowly! The resin might split
  • Measure where the middle of the circle is before you drill - a clock looks odd if the hands are not in the middle

You are now ready to put in your clockwork!

Step 5: Hands, Numbers and Final Steps

Once the clockwork is in place, you can add the hands. When you buy clockworks they come with hands already, and I usually use those and don't make my own. However I do often paint them to match my clocks.

In this project I painted them white so match the background and to not take too much attention from the clock.

I added the resin numbers I made in a nice orange color, and glued them onto the circle with superglue. Be careful in this step - it can be very hard to add the numbers nice and evenly if you haven't measured exactly where to put them beforehand.

Now you have a clock! Enjoy! Tik tok tik tok.

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    16 Comments

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    Lineakat
    Lineakat

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you very much :)

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    AwesomeBanana120
    AwesomeBanana120

    Reply 1 year ago

    You're Welcome!


    PS. Look at my bio on my profile.

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    Lineakat
    Lineakat

    Reply 1 year ago

    Looks nice! :D
    Coding can be fun!

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    AwesomeBanana120
    AwesomeBanana120

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yup! I am making a chat app with video calling right know while also usign Instructables. It is very fun.

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    venters3
    venters3

    1 year ago

    That's absolutely stunning!

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    Lineakat
    Lineakat

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you very much :)

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    LincolnsCreations
    LincolnsCreations

    1 year ago

    Did you need to seal the leaves themselves at all? Given the way resin cures, I wasn't sure if there's a potential for the leaves to potentially expel air and/or gasses as the resin cures.

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    Lineakat
    Lineakat

    Reply 1 year ago

    To be honest with you, I am not 100% sure. I just covered them in resin so they wouldnt rot, and I have a fruit piece from 2 years ago where the fruits have lost a little color, but are not rotting, so I believe it is completely fine to just leave them as they are, covered by resin :)
    Did this answer your question?

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    LincolnsCreations
    LincolnsCreations

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks for the response. I know when I've done work in resin they recommend sealing any live edge wood (or any wood for that matter) because even if it's really dry, there's a chance gases and air try to escape and depending on the cure rate or chemical composition of the resin, there might be issues, so was just wondering if you took any other steps, thanks.

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    Lineakat
    Lineakat

    Reply 1 year ago

    I see, interesting. But no, I didn't do anything else :)

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    LincolnsCreations
    LincolnsCreations

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you, appreciate you responding. I have done a little work in resin/epoxy and I have seen my wood expel air as the resin/epoxy dried and am always interested in any issues other people have or see so I can avoid similar concerns if I try a project like it.

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    Zah12345
    Zah12345

    Reply 1 year ago

    Love your answer - JUST LEAF as they are!!

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    Lineakat
    Lineakat

    Reply 1 year ago

    Haha :D

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    Ronna Farley
    Ronna Farley

    1 year ago

    That was a very special gift! Great job!!

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    Lineakat
    Lineakat

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you very much! :)