Tuesday, January 29, 2008

How to Make a Salvador Dali Clock

How to Make a Salvador Dali Clock

Here's a great way to recycle old records that you don't necessarily want to keep anymore but wouldn't mind having on display as a fun reminder of things once loved.
[edit] Steps

Imagine a Salvador Dali style clock in your mind before beginning. This photo is but one representation of his famous "melting" clock style.
Pick out an appropriate record. Choose one that you no longer wish to listen to but that you would continue to enjoy seeing on display.
Put your record on a cookie sheet.
Put the record in an oven that has been pre-heated to 200ºF (90ºC). Only leave it in there about 5 minutes.
Take it out after five minutes. It should be nice and soft.

Place it somewhere that has a flat edge. Bend down the very top of the record and make it nice and flat. You don't have very much time before it hardens, but you can heat it back up if needed.
(If using a clock kit from a hobby store, skip this step) Pull the clock apart.

take off the hands; and
pull off the clock mechanism.
Put the clock mechanism on the record. The record already has a hole right in the middle of it and the clock mechanism will fit right through.

Use hot glue to secure it to the back of the record.
Trim the minute hand and the second hand so that they stay inside the label area.
Drill a small hole at the very top so that you can hang the clock. Add a thread or wire for hanging.
Hang your Salvador Dali clock.

[edit] Tips

* If you make this for a friend, ask your friend for a favourite old record that he or she is willing to part with - it will make a great surprise!
* If you don't have any records or aren't ready to part with your collection, most thrift stores and many garage sales have inexpensive records on sale.
* Instead of destroying an old clock, you might purchase a clock-kit for a few dollars at a hobby store, which would include the motor and clock hands.

[edit] Warnings

* THINK before removing the record; 200ºF is more than hot enough to burn your fingers. You may want to use a spatula or even a large piece of cardboard (don't put the cardboard under the record before putting it in the oven).
* Burning vinyl in your oven would make a horrible mess and be very dangerous. Be sure you don't set your oven above 200ºF by mistake!
* Even if it doesn't burn, hot vinyl fumes have the potential to be toxic. Assure that you have adequate ventilation and let the kitchen air out before you make another one!
* If you find really old records (esp. 78 rpm), they may not be vinyl at all, and may respond differently to the heat. These are made of Bakelite, heat resistant to 300 degrees C.

[edit] Things You'll Need

* Old record
* Oven
* Cookie sheet
* Cheap clock from hardware store or clock kit from hobby store
* Drill
* Hanging cord or hook

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