Those of you who follow me on Facebook know that I recently bought a non-working clock face that I have absolutely no need for ... but just couldn't resist:)
It is a whopping 30-inches wide and has a lovely 'old world' feel to it. I especially like the brass ring-framed hole, which I think would be perfect to frame an antique postcard or photo.
An aside but extra plus to me: this clock was actually made in the USA!
I had been requesting suggestions and ideas on how to repurpose/upcycle the clock on my Facebook page. I don't need another working tick-tock clock. I was envisioning something different, to perhaps display some of my postcards.
Well, I got good ideas via Facebook and especially good advice from Julie of Montana to "just look at it for a while." Because, you know, good ideas -- like French wine -- take time. Fortunately, I am a dyed-in-the-wool procrastinator so I don't usually have to fret about rushing into anything.
I did lots of Googling using search words like decoupage, altered, upcycled, repurposed and steampunk which I pair up and alternated with phrases like wall clock and clock face.
I got more 'clock' ideas and found many intriguing links leading me off in related and unrelated tangents. Like the $12,000 steampunk clock listed on Etsy ... . (I posted several of those inspiring tangents on Facebook.)
And then, after supper, a blogger's name popped into my head. Betsy at My Salvaged Treasures is the queen of repurposing stuff. She made an accessory hanger out of an antique drawer front that I'm still envying:)
Now, I subscribe to her blog but never comment. Yes, I'm one of those terrible people!! (I'm writing this blog in hopes of some redemption:)
Still, I decided to boldly email her and ask about any ideas for my clock face. To be honest, I didn't expect a reply. Why should she?
But Betsy is the real deal and this a.m. I awoke to a lengthy email filled with several good suggestions. Here in part is what she wrote:
"First thing that comes to mind is to just hang it the way it is....it's gorgeous. Rather than start attaching things to it, I might make up some decorative magnets using old jewelry, buttons, etc, This way you could use it as a picture or note holder without altering it in case you wanted to change it up at a later time.
It would also be cool to use it as a centerpiece on a table, you could add feet to the bottom of it to raise it up a bit, then display pretty things on top.
Another idea since it's so large is to use it as a table top. You could either find a suitable pedestal base or even one of those pre-made round tables with three legs that you can find at any department store. Cover the base then add the clock face to the top, maybe even a piece of glass over it....or not."
The table top idea had been suggested by one of my Facebook friends, but the main thing I really appreciated in Betsy's advice was the idea to use some decorative magnets to hold my postcards or photos "without altering it in case you wanted to change it up at a later time."
My clock face is just under a quarter-inch thick and made of plywood. I happen to have two metal sheets bought at a craft shop.
I did some quick experimenting and yes, I could adhere the metal sheet to the back of the clock and a magnet on the front will work. Through the wood and the paper, it still can hold a postcard in place.
So, for a procrastinator who has trouble making decisions, I really appreciate this idea that leaves my options open!
A big merci beaucoup to Betsy and to my supportive readers on Facebook!
This is still a work in progress. I've got to 'play' around and find the right postcards, etc. etc., but I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, if anyone else has a clock face project, comes across an interesting do-over or has a suggestion, do share and add links in the comment section. Oh, and subscribe to My Salvaged Treasures. Unlike myself, Betsy blogs regularly, connects with other bloggers and you'll get tons of decorating, crafting ideas!