Vintage Rotary Phone ClockOctober 22nd, 2009 in member junk
This project just uses a run of the mill, vintage rotary phone that I got at an estate sale, a clock mechanism purchased from American Science & Surplus for $2.75 (can't beat that with a stick), & I used a small piece of scrapbooking paper to disguise the clock workings in the center.
I saw this project on a rerun of She's Crafty (there are some advantages to only getting over the air digital television. Awesome reruns of Canadian craft shows, who knew?) and I fell in love. Their version of the project was not really built to last as it utilized double-sided mounting tape in several spots which would not hold up to anything but the most careful of use. (and would not be something that I could sell) In the TV version they placed the actual wheel (plastic thing you put your finger in, I don't know what it's called), which I have removed entirely in my version, on the top of the clock's spindle with double stick tape. There was no way I could see to get such a large piece to bond cleanly and permanently with such a small base, their clock also did not have second hand movement as mine does, a further complication. I hope to find inexpensive clock mechanisms with a longer "stem" so that I can drill a hole & reattach the wheel so as to have the hands of the clock extend above the entire face of the phone.
The hardest part of this project is disassembling the phone, which is not difficult so much as time consuming. Don't make my mistake, make sure that you set aside the 2-4 screws that attach the upper & lower parts of the phone because by the end you probably will have pulled out quite a few screws that you don't need, so this just makes it easier to home in on the ones that allow you to put the phone back together. The ringer bells are actually quite lovely in tone, so you can look forward to wind chimes made from those in the near future!
Check out my other clocks and various crafty whatnots at my etsy shop.
Pattern or design used: She's Crafty (HGTV Canada)
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