Two birds perched on a clock...
My latest crafty adventure, I made this for MR's Mum's 60th birthday. I used the instructions in Pip's first book as a guide, except I mod podged the fabric down rather than using spray adhesive. It worked fine but I would recommend applying the glue quite thinly as I did it maybe just a touch too thick in some areas and it seeped through, leaving a little mark to the left of the 12 button. Very sad, but I'm hoping it's only super noticeable to me.
I hunted everywhere for small numbers to add, I didn't like the traditional clock ones that I could find so I eventually settled on buttons. I think it looks quite effective. I have since found some small laser cut wooden numbers on etsy so I've ordered a few sets for the next clocks in the works. That way I can paint them whatever colour I like, or just leave them plain. I'm also toying with the idea of embroidering numbers onto the next clock...
The fabric is an ink and spindle one and I embroidered the birds with silk floss to look like fairy wrens, one of MR's Mum's favourite birds.
MR helped out a fair bit with this project, he cut the chipboard to size, drilled the hole in the middle and helped me get the fabric on smoothly and add the buttons. He was more than happy to help because it meant he had to buy a jigsaw and a sander. Any excuse for a good tool shop! He also did the maths to work out where the buttons needed to go. Numbers is definitely more his forte than mine. My theory for working it out was just to turn the clock hands and stick the button where it pointed. Very technical brained, I am! We decided it was easiest just to hot glue the buttons on to be sure to get the placement all accurate. I'm normally quite competent at hot glue guns but my medication shakes have been quite bad at the moment and it was just easier to manage with two.
Apart from the stupid glue seepage, I was pretty damn pleased with this project, it turned out just how I had pictured it in my head which is quite a rarity in my creating world! I'm making another, with a different fabric, for my best friend and then on the cards is one for our kitchen. Haven't found the perfect fabric for that one yet though!
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