It is rather simple to create a souvenir like this. Probably in everyone`s house on the bookshelf there is an old, long-forgotten and already read book which its owner can`t throw away. However, such folio can be given a second life by turning it into an unusual accessory—a clock, reconciling beauty and use.
To start working on the clock, choose a hardcover book that would match your interior environment or, on the contrary, could become an extravagant element in it. The book should be firm enough to stand upright without support. The most appropriate size for this is 5–7.5 cm in the thickness of pages between the bookends:
Choose the preferable color range or style direction of such element of decoration. For some apartments a bright, colorful cover will be an excellent complement of the same eccentric interior. For an apartment designed in romantic style, it is better to use pastel quiet color shades of cover. If there are no books with suitable covers in your library, you can buy the necessary one in a bookstore.
In addition, such an unusual clock can become a memorable decoration, if it is made from the book that played a significant role in your fate. For example, the book you have taken with you to a romantic trip, will always remind you of pleasant moments in life.
So, we get started.
To make such a decorative fixture, you will need a clockwork. You can buy it separately, take out of an old clock, or purchase an inexpensive wall clock, only a mechanical device from which you will need to. Choose models with the mechanism that is comfortable in size for your hands for easy work:
Carefully remove the glass from the clock with a special knife for precision work; you may use a box cutter:
Carefully remove the content of the mechanism, be careful not to damage the breakable parts:
Mark the center of the top cover:
Drill a hole only in the center of the bookbinding, not touching all the other pages of the book:
The size of the hole must match the size of the pivot of the clock mechanism:
Open the cover and place the mechanism exactly in the middle of the remainder book:
Make with a pencil marking on the flyleaf, which corresponds to the sizes of the device:
Very carefully, with the box cutter cut along the contours the site with the necessary depth to fix the clockwork:
Put the mechanism into the hole:
Close the cover with the previously drilled hole so that the pivot could pass freely into it, and fix the clock hands:
You can leave a book-clock looking like this if the accessory matches the interior. You can stick a page with your favorite sayings of this literary work to the book cover:
Besides, for decorating it would be excellent to use decoupage pictures, various stickers, rhinestones or original figures. Everything depends on your imagination and taste preferences.
Our souvenir with the page of text on the front of the clock is in harmony with the interior:
You may place the clock on the wall or put it onto the horizontal surface, for greater fixity, it is recommended to make rubber feet or other support.
Such decorative element will become the brightest part of your interior or an unforgettable gift for a significant other.