Keyboard Clock

To say that my mind doesn’t work like other people is putting it mildly.  I look at everyday things & see something totally different.  I see the possibilities.  This is what happened when I went through yet another computer keyboard.  (I manage to go through a lot of them)  I’ve had this idea in my mind for months.  I hope you enjoy.

Keyboard Clock

It all started with an idea that I had for a gallery wall above the desk in the office area of our home.  I’ve been collecting frames in different shapes & sizes to put the gallery wall together.  I found a square frame & all the bells & whistles went off.  It would be perfect for a clock!  And a clock that went with the theme of an office made this idea come together.

Starting with one of my old keyboards, (I have several) I used a flat-head screwdriver to pop the keys out.  (careful, they can fly)  Once the keys were removed, I put them into a bag until I was ready for this project.  (I should have separated them into numbers, letters & words.  Hindsight is 20/20)

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I put the bag of keyboard keys, a package of clock works that I got at Walmart, and the square frame into a project box until I was ready to put it together.

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I use a small plastic bin to hold items for future projects.  It helps me keep all of the supplies together & I know where to put the things I need as I purchase them.

I took the items out of the project bin & removed the glass from the frame.  Then I turned over the print that was in the frame & drew lines to find the center.  Once the center was marked, I used an X-acto knife to cut out a hole in the center for the clock works.

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Once I got the hole large enough for the clock to fit, I turned it over & painted it white with acrylic paint.  It took 3 coats of paint to cover the print.

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While the paint was drying, I was looking at the frame.  I love the silver & the beads around it, but since the keys are black, I felt the frame needed to be darkened.  I got some black acrylic paint, some water & a small paint brush.  I used the water to thin the paint down & just used the paint brush to mix the water with the paint.

Keyboard Clock

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I put a coat of the watered down paint on & around the beads, then wiped the excess off with a damp paper towel.  I repeated this all the way around.  The nice thing about this is that if you wipe off too much, you can always add more paint & repeat.

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Now that the frame was finished, it was time to start putting the clock together.

Keyboard Clock

I put the clock works into the base, following the directions on the package.  Once the hands were on, I used the minute hand and a pencil to lightly mark where I wanted the numbers to go.

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Getting ready to put everything together… (can you tell that it was a sunny day?)  after all of the marks were made, I separated the keys to get the numbers out.  Remember when I said hindsight is 20/20?  It took me nearly an hour to go through all of the keys.  Once the numbers were separated, I dipped them into a thick tacky glue & started to place them in their appropriate places.  I used the tacky glue because it doesn’t yellow, where hot glue can.

Keyboard Clock

For the number 11, I used 2 of the minus keys from 2 different keyboards.  If you don’t have 2 old keyboards, you could use the dash/underline key.  Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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I repeated placing the numbers on the clock face until it was done.

Keyboard Clock

I turned it over and signed & dated it & it’s just waiting for the battery.  I always date my creations, mainly for posterity.

Keyboard Clock

I hope you enjoyed my keyboard clock tutorial.  It’s going to be perfect for my gallery wall & it’s exactly what I saw in my mind’s eye.

Keyboard Clock

This is one of my favorite projects so far.  I just love the way it turned out.

Keyboard Clock

Keyboard Clock

And thanks to a very special person for giving me an entire bag of keyboard keys, there will be more keyboard key projects coming soon.

Happy Creating everyone!