Marble Wall Clock Tutorial

1 wall clock (I used one from Ikea)
Marble printed vinyl (contact paper)
Awl or flat knife
1 Blank card stock sheet
Thumbtack to mark centre
Metallic spray paint (copper or gold)
Sealant/clear finishing spray- (Optional)
Open air flat newsprint lined working space

  1. Remove all wrappings from the clock. Carefully take off the clear plastic face/or dome from the front of the clock, then set aside (you may need a small knife, or an awl to help with removal so be careful).
  2. Next, I removed the hands of the clock by slowly lifting upwards. Then, set aside. Remove the clock backing (the inside piece of paper with the hour numbers on it). *See note below in “Tip A“ for varied clock styles.
  3. Now, with a pencil, trace the shape of the clock backing onto the marble printed vinyl on a flat working space (with the marble print face side down). Cut out. Attach the cut marble vinyl to a piece of blank card stock, by carefully removing the back film (adhesive side) and smoothing out any air bubbles with a credit card or flat edge of a ruler. Mark the centre with an awl or thumbtack, making sure to line it up with original clock backing’s centre to match. Cut the new marble shape out with attached card stock. This is now your new clock backing piece. Set aside.
  4. Place the frame/dome of the clock, and the clock hands on the working space. Read the instructions on the spray paint can, then paint the outer frame of the clock, and the top of the hands of the clock. Let dry. (*You may also spray a sealant or setting spray if you prefer).
  5. Next, after the paint has dried, add small drops of glue to the outer edges of the back side of the new clock backing (on the blank card stock side). Then, carefully attach your marble shape to the inside of the clock, pressing around the outer edges to fit securely with the hole coming through the centre, and set the marble piece in place. 
  6. Attach the dried clock hands back onto the face of the clock. Press firm to secure. Place the clear plastic cover back on the clock, and mount on the wall!   

Helpful Information:
*Tip A: There are two types of analogue wall clocks: those with a glued backing and those without. Firstly, for some cheaper wall clocks, I found that the inside backing piece may vary in terms of removal. It might be glued down directly to the actual clock base. If this is the case, follow the same steps above in addition, you might not be able to save the original backing (with the numbers) as a whole piece.

Instead, just take off what you can (preferably in a half moon shape) so that you can transfer the rest of the shape and the complete whole circle or whatever shape your clock face is onto your new backing (the marble vinyl piece) to cut out. It's typically a circle afterall so you can measure the distance to make the shape even more accurate as well.

*Tip B: The second style of wall clocks might be a style where the removal of the battery pack is necessary. This was the case for my second clock. You will need to be extra careful if you want the clock to still be functional afterwards, therefore as you remove the square-like baking (the battery pack) make sure that you don't alter the internal tools, because these are the internal widgets essential for the clock to function.
Also, the clock hands will need to go back on the clock, which in all, connects to the the internal backing (usually attached from the battery pack) through the pierced hole in the centre of the clock.

Therefore, the easiest way to do this project is to buy a wall clock that has a removable inside panel (the clock backing with the hour numbers printed on it). It will save you time and troubles. I just wanted to share with you my detailed experiences after using two different wall clocks. Happy crafting!

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