You Have the Cutest Little Clock Face

I opened a new catalog (well new to me) and spied a large wire clock. $300? I don't think so. It does have 2 things I like; clock faces and wire. Maybe I could make one. To be honest it isn't a working clock and it isn't 49 inches in diameter (like the catalog one) but hey, it's cute and very affordable.
 I started with two wire rings found at Michael's in the leather-craft section. You can buy rebar wire at Home Depot.  Oh, and get a couple of pliers while you're at it.
Place the smaller ring in the middle of the larger one. You'll need to refer to a ruler now and then to make sure it remains centered. Cut four wires and wrap one of the ends around the smaller ring at the 12/3/6/9 positions on the clock. Then wrap the other ends around the larger ring. Pull the wires taut with your pliers while you wrap. Clip off the ends.

Make your roman numerals. I found by trial and error it was best to use one piece of wire for each stroke. In other words, if you want to make the numeral "3", use three separate pieces of wire rather than one long one. It's just too cumbersome to use long pieces.
I did use slightly longer wires for the "X" and the "V" so that the extra would be wrapped between the angled lines, spacing the wires apart.

I followed the catalog clock face numerals which used "IIII" for "4" rather than the "IV" like I was taught. I was probably done for aesthetic reasons rather than accuracy.  I hope that the roman numeral police don't catch me.

Spray it black if you'd like.
This is so nice in a gallery setting. It'll add lightness and whimsy to all of the heavy ancestral portraits you have. 


the vintage hare said...

Oh, that's neat!

Ann-Kay said...

How fabulous! I'll pin this!

Suzanne said...

Oh my gosh! That is great. My mom loves Roman numerals and I can see myself making this for her. Thank you!

aimee said...

Wow it looks great you did an amazing job thanks for sharing xxx

Kaysi said...


Kristen said...

fabulous job! I always love trying to make things from catalogs! Thanks so much for linking to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings! Make sure to come link back up next week!

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✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

I love this!


ana5059 said...

Fantastic job!!

Revi said...

I LOVE this! You did an excellent job on it, too. I think I need to pin this project. Thanks for posting!

Aubrey@My Forever House said...

Very clever! Love this!

Cheryl said...

that is super cute! Your very talented!

Emma's Lunch said...

Wow! That is gorgeous!! So simple and elegant... Just wondering, I think 4 in roman numerals is written as IV. As in 5 minus 1.

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

This is WAY cool!

Meg said...

Awesome! I think this is my favorite idea of the new year! Great idea and execution!

Domestically Speaking said...

SO cool! Great job.

Catrin said...

Wow, I love this. I'm looking at everything that involves clocks right now and store it. My mother gave me a set with a clockwork (i hope that's what it is called) and the hands and I haven't yet decided what to do. But working with wire like you do, might just be the thing. Thanks for sharing. Found you through the Link Party
Greetings from Germany

Louisa Roseful said...

oh so lovely!

Maybe I could even put a working clocks body inside, i will have to try some time.
you are so creative it is really inspiring!

The Minis said...

Love LOVE LOVE IT! This idea is super out of the box! I probably would not have had the guts to try and remake something like this if I found it in the store (it looks super intimidating!) You have simplified it, and heck! I may even try to make one now!

Thanks so much!
I'm your newest follower :)


The Answer Is Chocolate said...

LOVE this. I'm on a bit of a clock kick lately and I'm with you on the price of those catalog clocks. This is genius! Came over from 504 Main.

OhioMomPatriot said...

This will look fabulous on my porch this spring! I will be using my Lowe's gift card on supplies for this amazingly easy art project. You took the intimidation factor right out of it. Thanks for sharing!

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