Tempus Fugit – Time Flies

All through my childhood Grandad’s house was full of ticking, chiming and other sounds associated with his wonderful collection of clocks from a Grandfather through to a cuckoo clock.

Only one of these clocks told the correct time, all the others were a few seconds out to prevent the arrival of each hour deafening anyone within the general vicinity.

I have always found the ticking of the larger clocks a soothing sound and their chimes somehow a reassuring sign that “all’s well” (as Night Watchmen would call), I guess my love for and fascination with clocks must be in my genes.

So when Ben at S.E.T Haverfordwest challenged me to decorate a Wooden Clock Face with Movement from Woodware I jumped at the chance.

Clock Blank

Many Grandfather and other grand clocks have the inscription ‘Tempus Fugit’ – a Latin expression meaning ‘Time flees’, more commonly known as ‘Time Flies’ (a feeling we can all identify with I am sure) – and I wanted to incorporate this phrase into my clock.

The overall look and feel of the design I wanted to achieve was that of an old, well-used time piece with a hint of Steampunk.

The clock face and the ‘hoop’ were covered with Pinflair ‘Buff-It’ metallic paste – a mix of mainly Copper with a small amount of Dark Green (with a few drops of water added to aid mixing of the two colours) was used to give the slightly grungy, aged look required.

Tempus Fugit Clock

Often old clocks or watches will have a panel exposing their clockwork workings and a stamp from IndigoBlu’s ‘Clock Work’ set was used to replicate this. To give a look of tarnished metal IndigoBlu’s Gilding Flakes (colour – Morris Dance) were applied to the image which had been stamped using IndigoBlu’s FlitterGlu. The Cosmic Shimmer range of Gilding Flakes and their Flake and Glitter Glue would do exactly the same job.

If you do use a glue to stamp an image, remember to clean your stamp immediately, otherwise glue may remain on the stamp and reduce the image clarity for future uses.

The roman numerals for the clock face (the III is missing on purpose) and the Tempus Fugit phrase were cut from a brushed mirror card.

The wings are cut from three different coloured pearlescent cardstocks using the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations die – Layered Angel Wings. Once assembled, these were stuck to the back of the hoop before it was then stuck to the main clock face – the offset angle gives the impression of the clock (time) flying. The clock (minus wings) is about 6″ (15cm) in diameter.

Unfortunately the metallic nature of the Buff-It, Gilding Flakes and mirror card do not show up particularly well on the photo, but if you are able to get into S.E.T Haverfordwest you should be able to see the original.

Oh yes! – Ben gave me two clock kits, so do remember to check back at a later date to see what I did with the other one …… it is probably safe to say it is something a bit different.

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