How to Create an Acrylic Poured Clock from a Vinyl Record

At last my clock parts arrived. I’ve been waiting on these for a long time. There are several record pours I’ve done that I think would look awesome turned into record clocks. I find that records are difficult to display and hang, so adding a click kit is the perfect way to make it decorative, functional and build in a handy way to hang it on the wall too. Everyone needs a clock so these might great gifts too.

How to pick the right sized and type of clock movement and then how to fit the clock kit into a vinyl LP record. Links to how to paint the record too.

These are some of the record pours you might want to check out for inspiration:

My first planet record pour
Fire and flames with blown paint
Hoth Ice Planet
Spinning the blues
Pastel spin
Primary color spin – turned out badly
Primary color spin – much better
Elegant black, white and gold spin

Some tips for when you look for the appropriate kits for turning your poured vinyl LP records into clocks:

* Look for the short length mechanisms, about 6mm or 1/4 inch
* The minute hand should be about 120mm or 4.5 inches for a 12 inch record
* A continuous movement sweeps without ticking
* Ticking kits will come with a second hand but you can also get non-ticking with a second hand too
* Avoid the super-cheap kits from China that you get on Ebay. The feedback on them is often really bad.
* Plastic hands are less likely to bend than metal ones, that’s a personal choice

How to pick the right sized and type of clock movement and then how to fit the clock kit into a vinyl LP record. Links to how to paint the record too.

Where to buy your clock movements:
Etsy – sellers here will send all over the world
Amazon US
Amazon CA
Amazon UK

Check out the video for how to fit your clock mechanism into the hole in the center of the record.

After being told in high school that she was so bad at art that she should switch to another subject, Deby didn’t paint again for 35 years. Then a stroke released a new wave of creativity and she began exploring with dot painting, abstract and eventually acrylic pouring, and at last the joy of working with color returned.

You don’t need ‘talent’ to be an acrylic pouring artist – just enthusiasm, some basic instruction, and a willingness to try, fail and try again. Paint along with her and learn from her many mistakes, and you’ll soon make great art together.

Comments

  1. Deby, does your minute hand go all the way down the plastic part of the shaft? I’ve tried a couple clock kits and I struggled with getting the hands on.

    1. No, not all the way down. The shaft is fixed, its only the smaller part in the middle that has the hands, because that is the part of the movement that turns within the outer sleeve.

  2. Hi Dianne, I just tried to reply to the email you sent me but I think you had used the wrong email address. I’ll resend it to this one.

  3. This article is very helpful, thank you! Would you be able to add a direct link to the clock movement you purchased? I can’t seem to find a good option. Thank you!

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