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Friday, 16 January 2015

My First Altered Assemblage Clock - Friday 16th January 2015

Hello Friends,

This is a first for me..my FIRST Assemblage Clock! In case you have no idea what I mean, these are a plain shell of an alarm clock, brought to us my Tim Holz to do with as we please! So I took this metal shell out of its box, all new and shiny, just asking to be loved and a few current challenges prompted me to go for it and create!! It took about 2 weeks, in the little snippets of relaxation time I've had lately....






One of the Challenges I wish to enter is Vintage Journey, my first time..feeling energised to enter after having Tim's 'Compendium III' for Christmas.The current theme is to use a portrait and I chose this old photo of me with Mum and Dad.



First of all, I took the clock apart and painted it with gesso, which is recommended as it is made of metal and this gives it 'grab'. I then decided to use an acrylic chalk  Fresco paint by PaperArtsy, in Mermaid, a lovely aqua colour. I mixed a little of the white gesso with it and  sponge painted it again.

When it was dry I sanded the paint very minimally in a few places to reveal a little of the metal.  I also sponged over some Vintage Photo distress ink.

I took some random words from a new packet of Tim's Ideology Remnant Rubs - choosing words that relate to family and life, such as 'memories' 'blessed' 'love from the heart' etc etc and used them on the bells and around the rim of the clock.

To finish off the shell, I coated it with Ranger Glue n' Seal and left to dry.



Whilst it was drying, I set to doing all my stamping and die cutting.

The bird is stamped from Clear Impressions 'Bird Song' set, which was free with a magazine and part of a set, brand new and not opened yet. I stamped it on to paper by Graphic 45, from the Typography pad.

I die cut the roses, butterflies and leaves -a mixture of Spellbinders and Sizzix dies -  and before rolling the roses into shape, I  sponged some of the paint mix on to them, as well as the leaves and butterflies and left to dry. I then stamped them with random words such as  'family' 'memories' 'love', using Versafine Sepia ink.

Once I had made the roses I inked the edges using Vintage Photo and applied the same to the rest of the die cuts.

Next was a case of putting it all together! I found a silver button-hole holder in a box and decided to use it inside the clock, adding some leaves and and one rose head...you can just about see it  tucked away in the close up photo. I had decided to use a photo of real relatives (opposed to 'Found' relatives, if you are a Tim fan and know what I mean) and as I thought I might actually like to display it, I looked for a photo of my parents and found this one in an old album..so I scanned and printed it.

Now I have to apologise here as I should have photographed the inside before putting it back together, but I got so excited about wanting to see it, that I forgot. I had glued some roses to the inside base and had adhered the photo to the back, which I had covered wit some Tim Holz fabric!!! I wanted to keep the glass so that it had more of a photo frame appearance and it took quite a time to get the back on with everything looking as I wanted it too, so there was no way I was removing it again....therefore there is some reflection in the close ups.




I decorated the outside with more roses and the stamped die-cut the  leaves and butterfly and the stamped bird. I also added a bead string tied to a little heart key, which I had also sponge-painted with the paint mix, quite randomly, to allow some of the metal to appear through and give a patina effect.

One thing is for sure, I can see how these could be addictive! I already have ideas for Easter and Christmas decorations!

Thank you so much for stopping by, I really do appreciate your visits and comments...you know I do!!!


Love and Hugs
Carole X


Challenges

 A Vintage Journey - Challenge 23 Use a Portrait: 


Country View Crafts - Use Something New to You - the clock and bird stamp

Rhedd's Creative Spirit - January Challenge


And finally a return to Sunday Stampers after a bit of an absence, my creation for this week Hels, 
Sunday Stampers week 340 - Anything Goes

http://pinkleart.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/sunday-stamper-week-340-anything-goes.html

38 comments:

  1. Wow, what a gorgeous altered clock.. I love the colours you chose, the soft pastel pallette really lends itself so well to the whole project.... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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    1. Thanks Hels, I'm back! It was a bit of a labour of love, but I enjoyed making it X

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  2. Oh! My! Word! Carole,
    This is absolutely brilliant, a mini "work of art"
    Love the beautiful colours you have used, stunning

    Patricia x

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    1. Thank you Patricia, it took ages to make in the little bits of craft time I've had of late, but it was relaxing X

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  3. Morning Carole,
    What's not to like, just fabulous.
    Lydia
    X

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    1. Thank you Lydia, as ever your visits and comments are much valued X

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  4. Carole, your altered clock is just stunning! I love that you used a real photo and I love the soft colour you used for the outside. The flowers are gorgeous and the words around the rim show just how special this is to you. It will look wonderful displayed in your home. Beautiful work!

    And with my AVJ hat on I would like to thank you for joining in our challenge at A Vintage Journey. Hugs, Anne xx

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    1. Thank you Anne, I managed to really get it completed the other day, but I actually started it a few weeks ago and just did the design and painting, as you know, time has been short lately. But thank you for the inspiration and encouragement, so glad you were one of the first bloggers I connected with, you are such a great inspiration and friend X

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  5. Wow what an amazing project Carole....so different but utterly brilliant...lovely photograph of your parents and much nicer than having their picture in a picture frame and your embellishments are beautiful.......these clock shells make fabulous keepsakes....thank you for sharing it with us Carole...

    Anne

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  6. Hi Carole this is gorgeous. I can't believe what you have done with the shell of a clock. I love the photo of you with your parents. Have a great weekend. Hugs Jackie

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    1. Thanks Jackie, it was a fun piece to do and now I want to do more of them for Holidays! X

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  7. Fantastic Carole, wow what an ingenious design....fantastic...xx{The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

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  8. Wooooooooooow Carole this is just beyond stunning. What an amazing transformation. I just so love the shabby chic look and the fresh spring colouring. And of course that precious photo of you and your parents is just the cherry on top. This is such a beautiful piece with a wonderful memory in it to display anywhere you wish xxx
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  9. Thank you Desire, I really enjoyed the 'journey' making it too and it is displayed! X

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  10. Wow Carole, you have really done an amazing job with your first clock! I have never done one either, but you are sure inspiring me to give it a go! Love your flowers and butterflies, so gorgeous!! What a fabulous project and an amazing way to showcase that photo of your parents!! Love it! until next time, big hugs :)

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    1. Thank you Pamellia! You should do one...you will love it! X

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  11. Hi Carole, BP Mini Me here. Thanks for the visit, I will let you know as soon as I know anything new.
    We love your clock, it is amazing. We love the details and the colour. I know that Angela has a clock like this but she got it from Matalan. You have to take them to pieces but they are very cheap to buy and she uses the inside bits for other things. Thought this might be useful for you.
    Big hugs, BP Mini Me and Angela x

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  12. Thank you BP Mini Me, great idea! X

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  13. This is gorgeous Carole and such a personal project to complete. Love your choice of colours used and everything about it really! Beautiful!xxx

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  14. This really is beautiful! The flowers and your colour choices are gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you and thanks for your visit, X

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  15. Oh Carole! this is a treasure!! I absolutely love it!! The fact that you included that wonderful picture of your Mum and Dad with you is priceless!! The colors you selected add to the delicate Vintage beauty. This piece is a show stopper!! I know you'll treasure it for many years to come and I do hope you create more soon!!

    Have a wonderful week : )

    Patti

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  16. Thank you Patti, much appreciated and you have a great week too my friend X

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  17. Wow, Carole! This is so beautiful and such a special project with the photo inside. I love the gorgeous flowers and colours you've used. A truly stunning creation!
    Rebecca.
    x

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  18. WOW...this is a treasure..lovely colors....wonderful memories...an heirloom that will be treasured. I'm inspired. Thanks for the visit. I miss my crafting time, and I can't spend much time on the computer...due to carpal tunnel issues and a ganglion cyst on my finger...oh woe is me...and me achin' joints. Be well Carole

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    1. Thank you Carole, so sorry to hear that you can't craft so much because of the pain, carpal tunnel is horrible, sending hugs XX

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  19. Holy goodness! This is such an amazing way to display a treasured family photo. And those paper flowers are absolutely stunning. AWESOME!

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  20. Your clock turned out just fabulous, great job. I love your roses and the portrait you used is so precious. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at A
    Vintage Journey.

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  21. LOVE your clock and just had to add it to my Pinterest board!

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  22. I just adore this Carole, a beautiful way of displaying your gorgeous photo. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey. hugs Brenda xxx

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  23. Carole what a lovely way to display your precious photo. Thank you for joining in at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month.

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  24. Absolutely lovely transformation of the clock - such pretty colours. Thanks so much for playing along at Country View Challenges, and of course at A Vintage Journey too.
    Alison x

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