DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool

Hello WeR fans and welcome back to the blog today! It’s Chantalle here and I’d love to show you how I created this timepiece for my scrap space. I was inspired by a haphazard design I saw on Pinterest a while ago and when I received my awesome new USB Rotary Tool, I was super keen to give it a go!

This clever tool is USB powered, so you can take it along with you if you have a portable power supply like a power bank, or pop it into a USB plug at your desk. It’s lightweight and less noisy than other rotary tools I have seen which makes it great for craft use and the head is interchangeable with a mini sanding tip – great for distressing!

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Perfectly imperfect, my little clock looks so good on the wall! I love that it has a bit of rustic charm and for an afternoon had it hanging where it could catch the afternoon light. When I was a child I really didn’t like the sound of a clock ticking but for some reason in my craft room the methodic ‘tick tick’ is soothing.

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The clock started life as decorative wooden plate with an oriental design, much like the black one in the image (below left). My friend bought this for me from a thrift store and sanded it back. You can still see the shadow of the image in the plate! I used the other side of the plate for the face as it had a lovely roundness to it. It already had a small hole in it, so we just drilled the hole all the way through to the other side.

Next, I bought a cheap wall clock from a Dollar Store and went about deconstructing it so I could use the hands and battery pack. My DH used a chisel and removed a section out for me where the battery pack could fit snugly inside.

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The clock I saw on Pinterest had the numbers all jumbled and the phrase “Who cares, I’m already late” which I really loved as I’m one of those people who are eternally thinking they have more time to do things than they actually do, haha!

I had a look in my stash of thickers and chose a couple of styles which had various weights then went about setting them near the bottom of the clock face. (For this part I put the clock hands on, so I could get an idea of the spacing on the finished result.)

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Once I was happy with the placement of the numbers, I traced an outline of them using a pencil.

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Now it was time to break out my Rotary Tool!

I used the engraving tip, which is great for de-bossing on chipboard, plastic and wood. I carefully and purposefully ran the tip along the marked out areas, leaving some just outlined and others completely de-bossed for contrast.

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I debated long and hard about how I wanted the clock to look. Initially I toyed with the idea of staining the wood quite dark and leaving the numbers pale, but instead I went with a whitewashed stand and varnish combination called ‘Liming’. The colour goes great in my craft space, which is mostly white and aqua. The numbers don’t stand out like crazy but you can definitely see them. Hey, I’m on borrowed time anyway so it doesn’t really count right? Lol.

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Creating this clock was truly satisfying.

I loved the smell of the wood and seeing the numbers taking shape. I love it more, knowing that it already had it’s own story before I shaped it into something new.

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I hope you have fun with this awesome little tool!

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

WRMK USB Rotary Tool

American Crafts Thickers