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    Time for Clocks

    Filed under Art Projects, Betsy Skagen, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Nichola Battilana, Sale, Tutorials

    It’s always so fun to see multiple projects made from the same product. We have a treat today as 3 Design Team Members have made grandfather clocks, and each is so different from the next.

    Yes, clocks have been a theme all this month. Beside the 2 new 3D clocks today (which beg to be used as shrines or shadowboxes), there are a couple new 1:12 scale mantel clocks. Plus, don’t forget the metal clocks that went live on Thursday — and the 25% off sale of all the cast metal miniatures which ends tomorrow night (the sale ends Monday night, October 24th!
     

    NEW FREE Collage Sheet!

    In honor of Laura Carson's new Moonlight Serenade 3D Grandfather Clock (see below for the costumes theme), ALL ORDERS through Monday, October 24th (2016) will receive one of the new Carnival Costumes Collage Sheets FREE!

    Learn more
     


    Laura Carson has made a beautiful (and colorful) commedia dell’arte clock (and really unexpected, as I had not imagined a diamond-patterned, Pierrot themed clock).

    Let’s start with THE CLOCK. It’s a kit to put together a 3D clock, with lots of options (for example, you could use clear plastic for the inset/cut-out in the tall door as faux glass, so you can see a pendulum or a miniature scene inside — in that section where laura has a blue diamond-pattern and Pierrot serenading the moon). Note: this clock is 11″ tall (see below for Nichola’s clock using a 7-1/2″ tall version.)

    Laura designed a new new collage sheet with FOUR themed facades to decorate a grandfather clock: Alice in Wonderland, The Moon, Halloween and Steampunk.

    There’s so much going on here… I’ll pick the pendulum and the pendulum weights to start (see the right side of the large photo at right).

    Laura uses 2 of the new Mini Glass Tube Pendants as weights (filled with micro beads). And she shows how to punch holes to hang the pendulum (and 2 pendants, each hanging on chains). Clever: behind the pendulum is a set of the Mini Silver Wind Chimes, painted gold a glued together (as chimes).

    35mm Round Flower Filigree and a Brass Man in the Moon are attached as the bottom of the pendulum.

    Here’s a bit from Laura’s blog post, but you’ll want to spend some time there, as she provides tips on construction of the clock in her blog post, too.

    I thought I would take a short break from Halloween projects with this moon themed 3D grandfather clock. To me, clocks lend themselves to all kinds of creative possibilities and themes, which caused me much angst in trying to decide which way to go before I settled on the moon theme. No doubt you’ll see me do something else with this clock in the future.

    See tons more photos on Laura’s blog post, and here’s her full Supply List.
     

    Wow! I love this Miniature Weasley Burrow Clock by Nichola Battilana (I think Shannon was right when she said Nichola is made of magic.)

    Note: Nichola used the smaller 1:12 scale grandfather clock (Laura and Betsy both used the larger version.)

    Do you know this clock from Harry Potter? “The clock owned by the Weasley family which individually monitored each of their whereabouts. Located in the living room at The Burrow, the clock had nine golden hands, one for every member of the household.”

    I’ve only used three spoons as the hands on the face. (It really should be 9 golden hands if you want absolute authenticity.) Any more seems to get a bit thick where they overlap. If you wanted to add more, I would suggest cutting the handles and placing them ‘just-so’ to circumvent the issue of over thickness.

    There is a drawer that fits into that bottom area of the clock. After applying so many layers of filler and gesso it becomes a bit of a tight fit. I like the idea of the Weasley’s tucking things into every available space so I’ve used this area for storage. Paper scrolls, Half Scale Wine Bottles that look just like little potion vials, Pumpkin Pods and a Mini Black Cauldron are all crammed into that little space.

    Read more (and see more photos) in Nichola’s blog post. And here’s her Supply List.

    Psst! Check below, too, ’cause EVERYTHING in Nichola’s supply list is included in today’s GIVEAWAY!
     

    Oh, a Christmas clock! Here is the third adorable project for today (by Betsy Skagen): Twas the Night Before Christmas Mouse Clock.

    Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

    Hold it right there. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong!

    Obviously Mr. Moore didn’t take time to actually check on the mice. All he had to do was remove the grandfather clock face to see what the mice were really up to.

    I love the clever reversal she’s made, with the clock seeming all buttoned-up and quiet on the outside, but the busy mice decorating their house inside. There seems to be a bit of a mouse theme today… The same metal mouse that Nichola painted as Ron’s pet Scabbers, is painted gold here and sitting atop the clock.

    Read more (and see a tutorial on adding some extra shelving in the large central compartment) in Betsy’s blog. And here’s her Supply List, too.
     

     

    Hooray for the Burrow Clock Giveaway!

    Yes, you heard me right: EVERYTHING from Nichola’s Miniature Weasley Burrow Clock Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway!

    From the clock itself to the spoons, cauldron and the pendant to fill with “magical time glitter”! Even the little brass filigree bits that Nichola painted to look like green patina!

     
    To enter the Burrow Clock Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, October 24, 2016). And tell me: kind of clock will you make?

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Mini Metals Giveaway? That would be Kim R! Congratulations! This was a special prize, and Kim got to pick out which metal minis she wanted:
    - Grandfather Clock
    - Candelabra
    - Griffin Sconces
    - Lavabo Fish & Basin Wall Fountain Set
    - Metal Mortar & Pestle

      
    Posted by Leslie, October 23rd, 2016


    54 Responses to “Time for Clocks”

    1. barb macaskill Says:

      I think I would make a Fairytale clock for my granddaughter to display over her bed! She loves fairies as much as I do and would love it!!! The ladies have done an amazing job with the clock kits!! TFS!
      Congratulations to Kim R for winning the last giveaway of mini metals!! Enjoy!
      macaskillbarbara @ yahoo . com

    2. Tristan Robin Blakeman Says:

      WOW. So many different designers – so many drop-dead stunning projects! Those painted micro-mini metal houses are amazing – and – well, those clocks by Laura and Nichola are simply knock-your-socks-off fabulous!

      Their tutorials make re-creating them so accessible … I’m definitely going to be doing a little “copying is the sincerest form of complimenting” with these!

    3. Connie L. Says:

      That burrow clock is outstanding! I would make my own version of it.

    4. Denise Bryant Says:

      I would make a Christmas-themed clock! Looks like some fabulous kits to try out!

    5. Phoebe Diamond Says:

      An Atlantis clock, with many fish and other underwater critters in it.

    6. Barb A Says:

      I’don’t do a winter themed clock with snowmen inside. Would be great with my miniature snowmen cabinets, snowman table & chairs & the rest of my snowman collection.

    7. Barb A Says:

      Oops, spell check tripped me up…meant I’d do!

    8. francine perri Says:

      Love this I would make a steampunk grandfather clock

    9. Anne Says:

      I would make a Halloween theme clock to go in my witch’s house

    10. Barb J Says:

      I WOULD love these things for my Christmas village! Some would just fit in perfectly.

    11. Jean Marmo Says:

      Wow – amazing and creative! Your projects just blow my mind! I love these clocks! I think it would be fun to make my sister one!

    12. Karen Says:

      Grandfather clocks – love them! My dad collected antique clocks of all kinds and on the hour (and half hour and quarter hour) you should have been in our house! I would definitely create some kind of grandfather clock – maybe a holiday theme?
      Great giveaway.

    13. Jen R Says:

      I am needing a spooky clock for my haunted dollhouse

    14. Emily Ann Dale Says:

      Love the clock. I’d make an Alice in Wonerland clock.

    15. Jenny Bumb Says:

      As I am preparing for Christmas, I would like to win the smaller clock and decorate it with little mice and elves. This would be for my Christmas house that I am creating.

    16. Jennie Ingram Says:

      I would absolutely make a Weasley Clock! No contest. :D

    17. M. C. Sparks Says:

      Looooovvee clocks! I want a autumn one!

    18. Kathlene Ford-Walters Says:

      I would do a Mad Hatter/Alice in Wonderland clock. I’d definitely add the little mice.

    19. Winnie Says:

      I will make a count down to Christmas clock for an advent calendar. Love the clock!

    20. Lou Anne Says:

      I’d make an underwater mermaid clock.

    21. Kelly K. Says:

      I would love to make a Mother Goose, “Hickory Dickory Dock” clock. :)

    22. Karen Mallory Says:

      Fun, fun giveaway! I would make a Santa’s workshop clock counting the days to Christmas eve deliveries!

    23. Kate Jo Says:

      I know it was mentioned already, but as soon as I saw this I knew I wanted to make an Alice in Wonderland theme clock…love love love clocks!!! ❤️

    24. Randi Scholl Says:

      Wow, what a great giveaway I think I’d do bee themed or maybe all bugs/garden themed. Or birds.

    25. Cheryl Lee Says:

      Christmas theme for sure, soooo cute!

    26. Kat Cashwell Says:

      What fun! I would do a Halloween clock for my haunted house!

    27. Mary Mac Says:

      Would definitely Have to be a Christmas/Santa grandfather clock.

    28. Lynne Says:

      Oh, gosh! I love all the possibilities for these clocks! I would either do one for the Weasleys or a Hickory Dickory Dock clock. Tiny mice or wizards? Maybe both!

    29. Gilda McCain Says:

      I love clocks. I would definitely try a Christmas theme. The Night Before Christmas is adorable.

    30. Sharon Says:

      Great giveaway! I have a niece with a birthday coming up…she’s just finished the Harry Potter series so it would be fun to make that for her.

    31. Thalia Kottke Says:

      What an awesome little giveaway, would have to make a fairy clock.

    32. Nancy E Says:

      I am in love with these clocks. I’d make a mini version of a clock I saw at the Mackenzie-Childs showhouse in Aurora,NY!

    33. Jo Says:

      I would make a Halloween clock for my miniature witch house!

    34. Jessica Says:

      I’d do a mystery clock!

    35. Rosemarie Grant Says:

      This would be a Mary Engelbrit clock for a room box. So cute as is as well.

    36. Gretchen Says:

      I would like to make a little scene refering to a favorite childhood
      Book “Georgie”. With the little ghost and an owl and the clock.

    37. Margaret D Says:

      Oh I do love clocks! Christmas is the first thing that comes to mind but a Halloween clock would be fun and Alice of course. It would be fun to do one for each season too. The summer clock could be beachy or garden with flowers 🌺 and fairies. Either way these clocks are super! Love Nichola’s Burrow clock and the Christmas mouse family ( I love mousies) the Perot clock is wonderful. So many ideas that you have to have more than one clock to satisfy the itch of creativity. I love your newsletters 😊

    38. Libby jones Says:

      I think I will make a circus themed clock. For some reason I’ve been crushing on circus and carnival themes lately. Its going to be hard to compare to all of the lovelies that we are seeing here today, though. Gorgeous pieces of art! Thanks for sharing them.

    39. Joanj Says:

      I would do an Alice in Wonderland themed clock.

    40. Carla Says:

      A Halloween clock for sure……or maybe a Christmas clock…..or maybe a birdhouse clock..so many choices!

    41. Rhonda Sihocky Says:

      I would do a elegant clock

    42. Marilyn Hughes Says:

      I have absolutely no idea what type of clock I would make, unless it was an LSU clock (geaux Tigers).

    43. kathleen doyle Says:

      I’m definitely doing a xmas theme, maybe nutcracker.

    44. Carol Slowik Says:

      I would possibly make a clock that goes back in time.

    45. Ronda Liebert Says:

      We just downsized and I had to give away my big grandfather clock. I’d love to make a mini.

    46. LeAnn Says:

      I would like to try making a steampunk clock.

    47. Leanna Alverson Says:

      I’ve loved clocks since before I inherited one from my grandfather a few years ago! I would probably make a Victorian style clock for a shadowbox I’m making with Victorian style clothing and pictures. My fingers are crossed that I win this one!

    48. Kristina Hull Says:

      I would make a moon and stars clock!

    49. Heather Cook Says:

      I’d have to say a Weasley Burrow clock – I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, and this version is so clever!

    50. Luanne Shoup Says:

      Christmas is around the corner……tic toc

    51. Renee Zarate Says:

      I would have to copy Laura’s Moonlight clock, they’re all amazing! It looks like so much fun to make.

    52. Jennifer Purciel Says:

      I love the clock. I would make a Victorian themed clock, something like you would see in 221 B Baker Street. This would be for my husband, who repairs clocks as a hobby and who love Sherlick Holmes.

    53. JAN Says:

      I would make a spooky clock for Halloween.

    54. Liz T Says:

      I would make a steampunk clock.