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Clock Making As A Hobby


Clock making changed dramatically with the invention of the quartz movement over 4 decades ago. Before that, battery operated movements were not as reliable, and some models actually had to be properly balanced just to operate.

Now, quartz movements use a slice of a cultured quartz crystal bar, which is very accurately angle cut, and when electrified, resonates, causing the electrical circuit around it to produce a specific frequency output. Imagine a tuning fork that can run essentially forever (or at least until you need to change the batteries). , The accuracy and stability of quartz crystals is nothing short of amazing. This makes it easy to have clock movements that are accurate to within a couple of minutes a year. Another advantage to the new quartz movements is that they do not have to be leveled, and can operate in almost any position. The only exception is quartz movements with a pendulum function. By the way, pendulums on quartz movements have nothing to do with time-keeping, they are just there to add an authentic touch.

Since you can make a clock out of virtually anything-Why not give it a try!

You can use:

  • CD’s
  • Tennis Rackets
  • Old Vinyl Records
  • Metal Boxes
  • Plates
  • Wood Slabs
  • Cast Iron Pans
  • Computer Circuit Boards
  • Marquetry
  • Signs
  • Decorated Foam Core Boards
  • Books
  • Paintings & Drawings
  • Photos
  • Needlepoint & Quilts
  • Nautical Steering Wheels
  • Propellers
  • Hub Caps
  • Slate
  • Tiles
  • Stained Glass
  • Mirrors

The list is almost endless. All you have to do is pick something that is 3/4″ thick or less and you are ready to make your own custom clock design. The material thickness will determine the hand shaft length you will need, and we have a lot to choose from. Try clock making and let us help you make it easy!