Nov 17, 2014

Wood-Burned Weasley Family Clock

Time to show you what I made for my Swap Partner in the Harry Potter ~ Back to Hogwarts Craft Swap. I've already shown you what I received from my Swap partner. And now here's the making of one of the item I made for him. Since he's a huge fan of the Weasley clan and among others his favorite object from the Harry Potter universe is the Weasley Clock I decided to make him one as the main Swap item. I had also wanted to try out wood burning for a while so there we have an idea!

I started out with a wooden board that I had cut into shape by the friendly staff of our closest hardware store. Then I drilled a hole in the middle as big as it needed to be for the clockwork to go through. I bought the clockwork on Amazon, but you can also find them at your local craft store or just take apart an old clock, like I did with this Death Star Clock.

Then I printed out an image of the Weasley Family Clock that I found online here and taped it to the piece of wood.
I then traced the all of the outlines and letters of the image with a ball-point pen to press the image into the wood as a stencil for the wood burning.
I tried out the different tips for the wood burner on an extra piece of wood and then decided on the one I would use for this project. And then I just retraced the pressed stencil lines with the wood burner. I had to press down the burner more on the darkes parts of the wood as they were more dense and less easily burned. And I had to be careful with the light parts of the wood to not burn into those too much as the less dense wood burns more easily.

It took me a couple of hours spread through 2 days to finish the wood burning, but the work doesn't stop here.
I dyed the outer parts of the wood piece with some wood stain to create some more depth to the image. You can still see the burned faces and feathers partly through the different colouring as the burned parts are deeper that the rest of the wood.
Then, with the help of my brother and his tools, we rounded off the edges of the square to give it a smoother look and also a frame with the reocurring lighter wood.

Now to add the clockwork.

And voila, there we have it. The finished  Weasley Family Clock. Neat, right?

I hope you enjoyed this Making Of. Check out the whole Swap Package here.

This post will be part of the Creadienstag. PS: Check out all these funky geeky crafts at the Nerd'n'Geek Linkparty <3
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