|My atomic-look clock inspired by George Nelson's ball clock.|
Here's the original George Nelson clock which retails for about $400:
Here are the instructions for making your own Atomic-look Ball Clock.
- 6-inch diameter round tin
- 12 ping pong balls
- 12 bamboo skewers
- Clock works
- 6-inch diameter styrofoam circle
- Gloss spray paint
- Awl, heavy duty punch, or large nail
Step 1: Poke a hole in each ping pong ball using your awl (I was too lazy to search for my awl so I used a seam ripper). Insert a bamboo skewer.
|Poking a small hole in the ping pong balls. You want a hole that is just big enough for the tip of the skewer.|
|Skewered ping pong balls waiting to be pained.|
|How cute are these?|
|The clock works fit snugly into a carved out hole in the styrofoam.|
Step 4: You will need to poke 12 holes into the rim of the tin lid. I used my Cropadile which worked great. If you don't have one of these, go get one. But in the meantime, you can use your awl or a hammer and nail. You will also need to punch a hole in the center for the clockworks. For that, I started the hole by pounding a nail through the tin, then widened by stick a closed scissors in it and turning it in a circle until I had the size I wanted. Poke hole for hanging the clock on the bottom of the tin.
Step 6: Insert skewered ping pong balls into the twelve holes, enjoy your new clock, and get where you need to be on time!
Skill Level: Anyone can do this.
Cost: If you have the spray paint already, this will cost you about $10.
Time to Complete: About an hour.