Six Sides to Every Story: Parisian Clock Face

Side two of the Nerd Cube paperweight is finished and ready for scrutiny. I was surprised so many people voted for the Clock (it got 30% of the total votes in the poll) but it gave me the opportunity to be a little creative in the design and execution.

Gartner Studios Bon Voyage – Paris scrapbook paper
Bead Landing Found Objects clock hands findings
Royal Court decoupage finish/adhesive
2 oz. espresso (brewed double strong)
Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Cup with a 2.5″ circular base
3/4″ craft brush
Fine point brush
X-acto knife

A clock face can, in the end, be anything and since the block has a 3.5″ x 3.5″ space to worth with, I opted to work with the full side rather than limiting it to a small circular area. This Paris scrapbook paper was another random find at Michael’s — I loved the blending of the photographs with the text and the use of the sepia filter and I thought it would look good for the clock face.

To get the right size (and find an image I liked), I used the block to trace out an image with the pencil. Once I found a composition I liked (which turned out to be a cropped image of the top of the Eiffel Tower), I used the scissors to cut out the block and the X-acto knife to trim it down to fit the block, then used the craft brush and decoupage sealer to secure it to the side.

I always liked the look of the little travel alarm clocks my parents had, which usually had a square base with a little circular face embedded inside. When I got the idea to use the Paris scrapbook paper, I brainstormed over how to incorporate a circle without cutting out the paper. Which then led me to think of coffee rings (because half my family is French and some clichés are true).

I brewed the espresso double strong here to achieve the dark color I wanted without saturating (and rippling) the paper.

Once the coffee ring was dry, I picked out two clock hands that I thought would look best with the paper (a bronze and brass color, respectively). Using the stylus to apply the Tacky Glue, I then glued each hand one on top of the other in the center of the circle.

And that’s two sides down and four to go. What do you guys think so far?

~ by blackmoodcraft on February 22, 2012.

7 Responses to “Six Sides to Every Story: Parisian Clock Face”

  1. Very very very awesome. So far, this is my favorite side of the cube!

  2. You are so creative! Love the way this cube is developing.
    Eagerly awaiting next chapter in this story.

  3. LOVE. I have a thing for clock faces (rather, my writerly self has a thing for Time, and its physical representations), so this will probably be my favorite side of your cube. 🙂 Awesome idea to incorporate coffee as an art element!

    • Thank you so much! I was really surprised at how well this turned out. It’s making me want to use the leftover paper to make an actual clock (coffee ring and all!).

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