Diy Animal Clocks
To begin, I print off an image of a gecko and an elephant(found here: http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/icon-daquan---animals-vector-material_572529.htm) to get my shape for the clock. I use a spray adhesive to temporarily glue them to some 1/2 inch plywood.
I then take them over to the bandsaw to cut out the shapes staying close to the line. If you go over, it's no big deal. You can sand out any mistakes later.
With the shapes roughly cut out, I use a rasp and sandpaper to smooth the areas that I couldn't reach with my sanders. Once all sanding and smoothing is done, I remove the paper template and sand the whole clock with 120 grit sandpaper. You won't need to go finer as you will be painting the clocks and it's not needed.
Next step is to drill a 5/16 inch hole in the plywood template to mount the clock body. Try to center the hole up so when you hang the clock on the while it doesn't twist and hangs evenly.
Time to paint. I used a lime green paint for the gecko and a battleship gray for the elephant. I applied the paint using a foam brush. The paint is pretty thick so a little goes a long way.
I used 1/4 inch vinyl stickers for the clock numbers. It makes the job go faster to use an exacto knife to put the stickers on the clock.
I then sprayed 2 coats of a satin wood finish to seal in the paint and help keep the numbers on.
Overall this was a fun little project, but more importantly, my niece and nephew loved the clocks!
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