Crystal chandeliers and vintage file cabinets…
I’ve always been drawn to interesting contrasts and textures. To a mix of highs and lows – with plenty of patina thrown in. And this project is no exception.
Remember those industrial spools I snagged?
We made a table out of one (remember this?), and now here is number two: an industrial spool clock.
Fortunately, it’s easy to make a clock from an industrial spool. Simply remove the bolts (use oil to help loosen them) and take the spool apart, giving you your clock face (two, actually).
Next, cut a small circle (we used a jigsaw to do so, purposefully making it a very rough cut) to fill the hole in the center of the face. We used a scrap from the side of the dismantled spool so it would match.
Measure the thickness of that circle and purchase a high torque mechanism and hands (something like this*). Be sure to order the appropriate mechanism for the thickness of your centerpiece.
Drill a hole in the center of your circle, then hammer it into place in the center of the face (that’s why we made it a rough cut, so it would fit snugly into the hole).
Attach the hands and mechanism according to manufacturer’s instructions.
I love how the elegant, curvy clock hands contrast the rough, weathered wood. We hung it in our stairwell (a perfect big-impact piece!).
It’s mostly visible when coming down the stairs, but it can be seen from our entryway…
And I love the contrast with our chandelier. Again – that mix of highs and lows…
And that texture! So so scrumptious (can I say that about wood? 😉 )
What do you think? Do you like the contrast of tailored and rustic?
And, of course, I have to say it (you know my former English teacher self can’t resist!)… I just love juxtaposition. 😉
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