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Clocks

It’s ‘time’ to make clocks! You can make a clock out of just about anything. It’s easy and fun!

We have some left over Saltillo tile we used from a house project and I wanted to make something with one of the tiles. I put together a barn wood frame and routed out a place on the front of the frame for the tile.

Epoxy was used to hold the tile in place.

Since the frame is square (17.5″ x 17.5″), I decided to rotate it to make a diamond clock. Holes were drilled for the 2″ Square Berry Copper Conchos, 3/4″ Copper Clavos and the clock hands. You can get the clocks and hands at the craft store. Concho screw adapters were used for the conchos or you could glue them.

This boot was a previous project transformed into a clock. I attached the clock hands and small brown conchos for the numbers.

This is also a previous project transformed into a clock, using the Mini Star Nails and Tiny Horseshoes for the numbers.

This is a mahogany star I had made for another project but I thought it would make a cute clock. Tiny Star Tacks were used for the numbers.

I needed ample room on the clock post for the thick Small Star and I had a thin piece of basswood for wood burning projects. I place the star and XL Horseshoe, built the clock and marked the holes for the horseshoe nails. I used Horseshoe Star Conchos for the 12, 3, 6 and 9 and Star Tacks for the rest of the numbers. I marked and drilled the holes.

Then I removed it all and put a coat of dark brown Briwax on the wood. All the nails were too long so I cut them shorter. The frame’s depth is 1 1/2″ to accommodate the clock in the back. This clock can sit on a shelf.

I rummaged through the pallet scraps and picked a few to make a round lariat clock. I attached 2 boards with dry wall screws to the back to hold it together.

I drilled holes to attach the lariat rope with jute twine and for the clock and Bronc and Berry Conchos.

A concho screw adapter was used for the conchos.

Bronc and Berry Concho

What clocks have you made? Tell us about them.

Concho Frame

Concho Frame

Consider using conchos and spots to adorn frames, cabinets or wooden wall art.

Concho Screw Adapter

I used a screw adapter to screw it into the frame.

Concho and Spot

I had these spots that went well with the Square Berry Copper Concho. With a utility knife I made indentions in the wood, placed the spot and hammered it into the frame.

Cowboy Frame

Cowboy Frame

Here’s an idea for all you cowboys and cowgirls. Take an old barn wood frame and use a glue gun to glue tiny cast iron horseshoes and slotted conchos with leather ties. Or pin your ribbons to it. Frame your favorite horse, cowboy or cowgirl. Fun for kids too.

Western Napkin Cuff

Western Napkin Cuff

I thought it would be neat to make a leather napkin cuff. It’s something your guests would not normally see and they will be impressed especially since you made them yourself.

I cut a 7 5/8″ x 1 1/2″ strip of leather from a scrap bag which you could get at Tandy Leather Company or the craft store. I like this sage color since it went well with the colors in this napkin. I pressed the concho against the leather where I wanted it to go to make an indention. Use a leather hole punch to punch a hole. This hole was 4.8mm. Punch a hole on the other end the same way. Loop the leather strap around to fit it together and attach screw. I used my fingernail since it’s hard to get a screw driver into the loop.

Western Napkin Cuff2

For a different strap look I pulled the two ends together and attached the concho.

Western Napkin Cuff3

I think it turned out nice. There are so many things you could do like putting studs in the leather and use snaps to close the loop. You could use different colors of leather to go with your décor. I thought of using white leather and epoxy a metal cross for Easter, but that’s another day and another post.