Try this fun pour painted vinyl record DIY clock project today!
My son has always loved clocks. I don’t know what it is about clocks, but he started saying the word randomly at 18 months and has been obsessed ever since. So naturally, we as a family have a lot of clocks in the home. And when I learned of making clocks out of records, which you can come by super cheap at thrift stores, I was excited to try my hand at doing some acrylic pouring on my DIY clocks to combine my love of pouring and my son’s love of clocks.
I decided to do two clocks, one for my son’s room and one for my daughter’s room. And I decided to do an experiment to see if it was better to start with a gessoed record or a plain record for a DIY clock.
As you will see in the video, there were some hiccups with my gessoed record. It did not hold the paint well and the texture was less than desirable. So what happened? Well, I tried to make my own gesso, and I didn’t follow the recipe very well. So I’m sure that was the problem. So if you decide to try gessoing a record, I would either follow the recipe for making your own very carefully or purchase some gesso.
The plain record, however, did turn out quite nicely, and I ended up going ahead and finishing it up with some polyurethane and this clock mechanism.
As far as the clock mechanism is concerned for this pour painted vinyl record DIY clock project, I recommend the size of this mechanism for your record DIY clock because the shaft isn’t too long, which I think would look awkward with such a thin clock. But the packaging wasn’t the best, and the hands were bent when I took them out of the package. So just something to be aware of when you’re looking for a clock mechanism to order.
Record #1 (Gessoed Record)
- Artist’s Loft Neon Green
- Master’s Touch Permanent Black
- Apple Barrell Bright Blue
- Liquitex Basics Titanium White
Record #2 (Plain Record)
- Apple Barrell Canary Yellow
- Artist’s Loft Neon Green
- Liquitex Basics Quinacridone Magenta
- Artist’s Loft Neon Pink
- Vinyl records sourced from Goodwill
Record #1: Ring Pour
Record #2: Dirty-cup, ribbon pour
2 thin coats of Minwax One Coat Polyurethane applied with a foam brush
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