Record Clock

Introduction: Record Clock

This instructable will teach you how to reuse an old vinyl record and turn it into a clock.  You can make it for about $5.00 (depending on where you purchase your supplies).  It is also a great beginners clock.

Step 1: Supplies

You will only need a few Items...
  -Some type of Krylon clear spray paint, I used Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating.
  -A old record (the better the condition the better the final product will be).
  -A clock housing             *Sometimes you can get a kit with the clock, numbers, and hands, check your local craft store.  
  -Self Adhesive Numbers
  -Clock Hands
  -Scissors (to open the packaging)
  -Supper Glue (if needed)
  -Sand Paper (if needed)
  -AA Battery
  -Something to clean off the old record

Step 2: Clean Your Clock

-Dry fit the clock shaft in the record hole, if the hole is to small use some sand paper to make it bigger. Sanding it can be time consuming but it will be the easiest.  If it is to big just get some extra washers. 

-Use what ever you have, a damp cloth, a wipe, a paper towel, etc. then clean the record on the side you wish to have facing out.

Step 3: Paint It

-Make sure the surface is fully dry and dust free (having dust on it will reduce the appearance). 

-Go to a well ventilated area and paint the record, shake the can of paint up good to prevent unwanted splatter. 

-You should recoat it 1 or 2 more times.  Let it dry for about 15 minutes between coats. 

-The coats of paint really ad to the appearance.

Step 4: Add the Numbers

-Once the paint it dry attach the numbers on to the clock.  I first gently attach the 12, 3, 6, and 9 numbers, putting them down gently will allow for adjustments. 

-Then attach the 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, and 11 evenly spaced and also gently.  Once they all seam to be in the right spot press them down hard so they can stick. 

-If one of the numbers is loose then you can use the supper glue.   

Step 5: Putting It All Together

-Unscrew  the nut and washer from the clock shaft.

-Insert the shaft through the hole in the record.

-Then put on the washer and nut and snug them up using the pliers.

-Press around the circle on the hour hand to make it slide on.

-Slide on the minute hand.

-Screw the smaller nut in place over the minute hand.

-Press the second hand in place.

Step 6: Making It Run

-Insert the AA battery.

-Set the time on the clock by turning the little wheel on the back of the clock.

-And last but not least find a spot on the wall to hang your masterpiece.

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The better the condition the more the waste! Do this to unplayable records! Not to playable ones!


11 years ago on Introduction

Why did you use the clear coat? I've been making records into clocks for years and they seem to hold up just fine without any kind of sealer. What does it "ad to the appearance" that I can't make out in the photos?


Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

Now that I think of it, a really glossy record would probably be pretty cool. They're already shiny so a thick coat of shellac would probably make them even prettier. It's probably just a hard quality to capture on camera.


Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

You can see how much better the paint makes it look between step two and the final product