How to Make a Resin and Wood Clock

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Introduction: How to Make a Resin and Wood Clock

About: A wife, mom, and maker, making heirloom quality wood artwork for the bold home.

I have quite the stack of old reclaimed barn wood in the shop. In the past I have used it on some rustic projects. However, I really wanted to find a way to modernize it a bit. Something I consider pretty modern in the world of woodworking is resin. So, I decided to combine barn wood and resin to make a clock that is out of this world!

Supplies:

Materials Used:

2-part Resin/Hardener Kit

Metallic powders

Small white glitter

Acrylic Paint: Black, Dark Blue, Purple

High Torque Clock Mechanism

80-grit Sanding Star

Tools Used:

Wagner Furno 700 Heat Gun

Sanding System

Embossing Tool

Bandsaw

Drill Press

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Step 1: Preparing the Wood

Since the reclaimed barn wood that I have still has the old paint on it, I needed to do some work to it before jumping right to the resin. To remove the paint, I have the perfect tool to make it a breeze, a Wagner Furno700 heat gun. Using the Furno700 set at 650 degrees, I warmed up the surface and then easily used a putty knife to scrape off the paint. After removing the bulk of the paint with the heat gun, I used an 80-grit sanding star and my sanding system with flex shaft to remove any remaining paint and some dirt and debris. This created a nice clean base to start with for making the space nebula.

Step 2: Painting

The way I decided to use resin to modernize the barn wood was by adding a space nebula to the board. I wanted to show both the old with the new, so I only put the space nebula on half of the board. The half of the board where the space nebula would be needed to be painted a dark color so it could look like the night sky. I mixed black, blue, and purple acrylic paint to get the right shade and painted it onto the barn wood. Once that had dried, I decided to add some stars. I used an embossing tool to create some star fields with a mix of white and light tan acrylic paint. For a few of the stars I used a small paint brush to spread them out a bit and make them stick out. This step really helped to create the full space nebula feel to the completed piece.

Step 3: Making the Galaxy

For making the galaxy, I used a two-part resin and hardener kit that I purchased at the local craft store. I mixed up 8 ounces and divided it amongst 9 smaller cups which contained different colors of metallic powder. The colors I chose to use were: green, blue, red, maroon, copper, pearl white, white glitter, blue-green glow in the dark, and clear. I put down some strips of the green, blue, red, maroon, glitter and glow in the dark to start with. I used my Wagner Furno 700 heat gun, set at 650 degrees, to heat the resin, remove bubbles, and get the resin to flow. Once it was flowing, I used the Furno 700 to move and blend the colors. I did this three separate times, doing a variation of colors until I reached the desired look for my galaxy.

**NOTE: After completing the full nebula, there was quite a bit of resin left over in the small cups. I think I could have mixed just 6 ounces or perhaps even less.

Step 4: Preparing for Assembly

I worked with a local metal fabricator to design and create a metal frame for the clock. After the resin had cured, I traced the curvature of the frame onto the wood and used my bandsaw to cut it to fit. The wood was a little thick on the edges to be able to fit completely into the frame so I did use my sander to take a little material off and get it to fit just right.

The wood was also thicker than the length of clock mechanism shaft, so I used a 2 inch diameter forstner drill bit on the drill press to create a pocket for the mechanism to sit in on the back of the clock. I also drilled the center hole for the mechanism shaft to go through.

Lastly, since I was not overly impressed with the clock hand designs that are available online or in stores, I worked with a local maker space to make clock hands of a retro design out of thin, but strong plywood. I painted the plywood black with a gold glitter top coat to match the theme of the clock.

Step 5: Final Assembly

Final assembly was rather easy. I used wood screws to attach the wood and resin galaxy to the metal clock frame. Then I simply threaded in the clock mechanism through the wood and added the custom clock hands.

Step 6: Conclusion

So next time you find yourself with some scrap wood, take a stab at creating your own piece of art or clock that is out of this world!

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    4 Discussions

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    AngeliqueS15
    AngeliqueS15

    Question 2 months ago on Step 4

    Does anyone know if Australia has an equivalent to Maker's Space? Thankyou

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    FreemanF1
    FreemanF1

    Reply 2 months ago

    I'm sorry I don't know if you do or not. Possibly just look for a place that is a collaboration space for makers?

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    3 months ago

    That resin color blending is just wonderful :)

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    FreemanF1
    FreemanF1

    Reply 3 months ago

    Thank you so much! It was fun to work with the heat gun.