Friday, 3 August 2012

LITTLE BLOG TUTORIAL (FINALLY - YAY!) - CUCKOO CLOCK..

I have been suffering this week from some sort of horrible stomach thing - yuk! - so have been slow to put this little tutorial together.  I am still not fully back to normal but I'm going to give putting some instructions on here a go tonight, as promised recently.  Hopefully it will all make sense but if you have any questions please ask!  This is the clock in question and it is a joy and quite simple to decorate: -


And here is how I went about decorating it:

I used a Tando Clock with mechanism, which you will find on our website HERE, plus background papers from our SHADES OF SUMMER 6" x 6" book.  I used CI rubber stamps - CI-206, CI-231, CI-248, CI-329, CI-350 and the clock face stamp CI-352.  I added paint and stencilled images to the top chipboard section plus pearls, micro beads, and a little bit of coloured muslin to the inner sections to embellish.  I used Copic pens to colour the stamped images, and added chain as shown. I also made myself a template for the extra background surround layer and little 'cuckoo' door.  If you would like a copy of this template when you buy a clock blank please let us know and we will enclose one for you.  Some further brief instructions will follow (with pics):


1.  Cut out pieces of background paper to fit behind each of the four top sections.  Adhere these four pieces of paper to the base chipboard clock piece.  Use the 'roof' section of chipboard as a template to draw around and then cut out some plain coloured paper to fit.  Adhere this paper to the roof section.  I then stamped this with the lace stamp CI-350 in black.


2.  Paint the top layer of chipboard with your chosen colour of paint (I used a Farrow and Ball matchpot for colouring, but any acrylic paint or similar will do).  Stencil and/or stamp pattern onto the painted surface.  Then paint all the edges of the chip, and glue (strong glue) and assemble all the chipboard parts.  It helps if you use bulldog clips to hold the pieces together while the glue sets.


3.  Gather together your chosen stamped images to decorate your clock (I stamped on background papers), and colour with Copics or similar.  I also layered up the main stamped images onto coloured card and cut around again, just to make them stand out.

4.  Use the micro beads, coloured muslin, pearls and stamping to decorate your clock front, to suit yourself.  I added chain to 'suspend' one of the birdcages.  Stamp, cut out, and add the clock face to the centre.

5.  If using my template - cut out your plain coloured card backing piece and the little door.  Add some 'hinges' with a black pen to the door, and a pearl for the 'handle', and glue the door to the clock.  Cut out an extra circle of coloured plain card to represent the 'pendulum' and glue this to the base of the clock on top of the template piece of coloured card, as shown in the main photograph.  I also stamped the backing coloured card around the edges with the lace stamp CI-350.


I also glued a little stamped nest behind the door and added another coloured background paper strip to the edges of the roof.  Decorate further with stamped flowers.


6.  Decorate the chipboard 'weights'.  Cut two lengths of chain, make slits and insert through the front of the backing card and glue to the reverse of the bottom edge of the clock with strong glue, and then glue the ends of the chain to the back of the 'weights', so that they dangle down.


7.  Finally pierce a large enough hole through the centre of the clock face, through to the back, in order to insert and assemble the clock mechanism.  Pop on the hands starting with the hour hand, then the minute hand, then the second hand.  Press each one down firmly as you go.

8.  Pop in a battery, place on the wall and listen to the soothing tick!


Would love to hear if you have enjoyed this post!

Bye for now,

Jean x

24 comments:

kjjc said...

gorgeous. thanks for the tut Jean. Hope you are feeling better.

nefertiti said...

I bought the clock, thank you for the tuto and I hope that you will be better! Bisous

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Fabulous tutorial and gorgeous clock! Hope you feel better soon! xx

Glennis said...

Fabulous project - I hope you continue to feel better

Ana K. said...

Clock is amazing, I love colours!
Hope you will get better soon.
Hugs from Slovenia

chrissies said...

So beautiful the whole clock but the papers and colours make it very special

Love Chrissie xx

Debi said...

jean sorry you've been yukky :-( hope you're feeling better soon :-) lovely clock love the blue colurs and all the details, debi x

Von said...

Love the colours and especially the birds :)
Von x☺x

Mandy Chilvers said...

gorgeous Jean

ionabunny said...

Jean, you make it sound so easy and look so beautiful. Thanks for the tips. Hope you feel better soon

Sophie said...

Superschön und einfach perfekt.

Daniele said...

wow just loving your clock Jean, hope you are feeling a smidge better
hugs

butterfly said...

Such a pretty project - thank you for rising from your sickbed to share it. Do hope you feel better soon.
Alison x

Craftyfield said...

Simply delightful... Thanks for the tutorial.

Annie said...

Hi jean sorry to hear you have been unwell, sending you a huge hug and hope you feel better soon. This is stunning and the tutorial is excellent. TFS . Hugs Annie x

laury55 said...

great project...thanks for the tutorial

Mo said...

Truly lovely project and great tutorial. I hope your tummy is all better soon. Take it easy.
Marjan

Craftychris said...

Oh goodness, this is so incredibly gorgeous! Love it xx

Florence said...

Gorgeous project. Fab tut. Hope you have now recovered.
Florence x

Sue said...

It's beautiful Jean and I love your colour choice. Thanks for showing us how to make this. Hope you're much better now; Nasty things stomach bugs.

lynne said...

Incredible detail on your clock Jean and a wonderful tutorial, hope it is the first of many.
Wishes
Lynne

Dragonlady said...

Stunning creation, thank you for the inspiration.

hugs Ali x

Lucy Edmondson said...

Such a fab tutorial! It has given me more confidence to attempt a big project such as this. Hope you got my DT entry; the first e mail got returned. Hope you are feeling better,

Lucy x

Mini said...

Just amazing!
Sue x