Clocks made from picture from internet

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Project by Jess Littlefield posted 03-09-2016 06:25 PM 1226 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took the picture off the internet in the Antique wall clock section. I have now made three different sizes of the same clock. These are two of them. I wanted to learn a little about carving and this was ideal for a starter project. I didn’t realize the pretty things hanging under the clocks were probably pendulums so I had to make one more of the same clock with a movement that has a swinging pendulum. I’‘ll post a picture of it later. The clock on the left is walnut and the other is made of ash.

-- Jess Littlefield

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#1 posted 03-09-2016 06:57 PM

wow that’s quite a clock,lots of great detail,nice work.


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#2 posted 03-09-2016 07:30 PM

Those clocks look wonderful. Beautiful carving and colours also.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 03-09-2016 07:51 PM

Wow, wonderful carvings on the clocks! very well done!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#4 posted 03-09-2016 08:32 PM

I better clear up, I did do the carving with mostly an electric Dremel with a flexible shaft. I don’t use any Dremel bits though for they are junk and will not last any length of time. Not a true carver with those fancy high priced knives. I am a true lazy person so I go the route of electric and air power. I think carving is overlooked many times for it looks harder than I am finding out.

-- Jess Littlefield

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#5 posted 03-09-2016 09:08 PM

Very nice and charming! What or who’s bits did you use if you don’t use the Dremel bits? I have a lot of those bits. And which one was easier to carve? The walnut or ash using the Dremel? Nice colors also! What kind of finish did you use? They almost look like a pearl finish. Thanks a head of time! ~Suzanne

-- Suzanne, A Touch Of O.Z.

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#6 posted 03-09-2016 10:20 PM

Nice job! I do a lot of clocks myself with the added personal touch of replacing the clock faces with photo’s of family, friends or pets. I use Corel Draw to edit the photo’s and make the design printable. Once printed I seal the photo faceplate to keep it from fading. (just a hint).. again, good job!

-- EdwardNorton

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#7 posted 03-10-2016 12:21 AM

Suzanne here are the four 1/8” shanks for Wood Carvers Supply that do almost all of my ruffing the shapes. Carbide Nutzall Burrs on page 18 of their catalog., I think I bought these about 6 years ago and still look new when cleaned up. I have used them on plastic and aluminum and they will bond this stuff something terrible. But not hardwood for it will fly off. I had just soaked the four pieces in Acetone for a few minutes before using a very small bristle stainless steel wire brush to remove the waste. No rotary action, just hand action.

Like I mentioned these I use are only the 1/8” size and they will throw wood everywhere. They do leave a very coarse finish which I then switch to the diamond bits from same company. I just bought 2 different sets of 1/4” shank diamond point sets and they are too big to use on these clocks. I have two more clocks with lots of carving I’ll try to post pictures in a day or two.
I’ll also show how I made it much easier to handle the carving by cutting the pieces up to hold in my hand to carve. Like I said I am lazy so I try to bring the work to me instead of having to lean over the work. I do use the flexible shaft from Dremel and I hang the tool up high enough so when I start to grind, the shaft has a gradual bend. I also use wheel bearing grease from my grease gun in the top of the shaft and also three or four drops of 30 weight oil so it will mix with the grease and ooze down the shaft over time. I have a larger Foredom I wore the shaft and housing out premature for the lack of lubricant…Yes , call me a dumb ass but I’m only 80 so I am still learning.

-- Jess Littlefield

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#8 posted 03-10-2016 01:09 AM

OH MY! I never thought of lubing the shaft! I too have a Foredom and another very expensive rotary tool used for fine work. I also hang my Dremal(s) from a pole that I made years ago. I have these bits but NEVER thought of using them on wood! I am glad you have good luck with them. I just might try it on some scrap, maybe pine, for starters. Is the paint you used a pearl coating, it looks so pretty?
I tried to make an Angel box like your other boxes. Not even close to your quality! You do BEAUTIFUL work!!!
When I learn how to post, I’ll put up pictures. I know how to put a picture into an email now! I’m slow to learning computer stuff. OH! I have three donkeys, (and four mules) they don’t know how to use a Dremel, so you are smarter than my asses!
Thanks for sharing!

-- Suzanne, A Touch Of O.Z.

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