Friday, 24 February 2012

An Altered Alice Clock

The theme at Altered Alice this month is hearts. It's a bit late for Valentines, so here's an altered clock for your delectation :-)

"it's heart o'clock"

The original clock is one of those £1.99 jobbies from a famous Swedish furniture store. After taking apart and removing the paper clock face, the shell was decorated with Adirondack alcohol ink and gold mixative. To get into all those nooks and crannies, I stuck my hand in a plastic bag to stop it getting stained with ink and used it to dab an inked felt pad all over the plastic.

"The clock"

Some hammered gold card is decorated with the same ink colour combination and die cut into various gears which are fixed in place at different levels inside the clock using glossy accents and pinflair glue. A weathered clock chapter ring is also cut from the same card, and lots of small hearts punched from the waste. The hearts can be seen decorating the clock hands and any remaining are glued in with the gears.

I have to confess to going through four coloured versions of the rabbit before finally settling on this one! This original John Tenniel illustration  is printed on white card before colouring with distress inks and decorating with Perfect Pearls for plenty of shimmer to match the rest of the clock. He wears the chapter ring like a garland, and has a hole punched in the middle to hold the clock spindle and all the hands.


Images from Indigo Blu's "Alice I" set are stamped around the outside of the clock in black archival ink.


Stamping with an acrylic block doesn't really work on curves, so I just hold the inked stamps in my fingers and bend them onto the surface.


This heart is cast from UTEE melted in a melt pot and poured into a heart-shaped cookie cutter. A length of thin chain is wrapped around the heart and a layer of gold UTEE added to embed the chain into the heart, leaving one end of the chain at the top. A sentiment is stamped onto the heart with archival ink. A jump ring is added to the free end and used to join a length of thicker chain, which is attached to the back of the clock. A few charms hanging from the chain complete the decoration.

IndigoBlu unmounted stamp set "Alice I"
Adirondack alcohol ink: watermelon
Adirondack alcohol ink mixative: gold
Ranger archival ink: black
Cardstock: gold, hammered for diecuts & white, stamping for rabbit print
Distress inks: Barn Door, Antique Linen, Scattered Straw
Perfect Pearls: Gold
Adhesives: glossy accents, pinflair dimensional glue
UTEE: clear, gold 
thin chain, thick chain, jump rings, beads

I nearly forgot, here's a pair of earrings to match :-)

"Alice Earrings"

Entered for the following challenge:
Altered Alice - hearts


  1. oh wow Hun this is just brilliant gosh the detail on that clock is just amazing Hun and adore those ear rings,would love a pair of those I love things like that you are so so clever Hun,hugs Cherylxxxxxx

  2. Oh my giddy aunt, Maddy this is INCREDIBLE! You have blown me away again. There is no end to your talents my dear friend. This really is incredible. Such amazing detail, even down to stamping around the curve of the clock. Wow! And your earrings are amazing too. This is definitely a winner in my books. Lee xx

  3. She's at it again! Wonderful altered clock and fab jewelry, you're a clever one Maddy.
    Teresa xx

  4. WONDERFUL! Thanks so much for playing along with The Altered Alice! What a cool clock, love all the layering and shimmer! And the earrings are FAB! :-)

  5. This is amazing, wish I had your talents. x

  6. wow how very clever ... love the clock and the earrings too ... just doing a bit of blog hopping happy crafting and love sandy xx

  7. love the clock & the earings are fab sue xx

  8. This is stunning, well done.

  9. My goodness...this is fantastic! Amazing...I would have been so proud to create something like this.

  10. wow amazing. Looks great and I love the earrings. xxxx

  11. Fantastic idea, your altered clock looks wonderful. Also the earrings are fab.

  12. Fabulous clock Izzy! I was looking into making my own clocks the other day-great minds eh? ;-) Happy Leapblogging! Elaine-xxx-

  13. ok this must have taken you ages to do, it looks wonderful.

  14. Beautiful clock it looks amazing
    Lorna xx (craftinglorna over at DC)

  15. fabulous -when are you starting classes - I'll be first on your list! lol

  16. Wow this is just amazing. I love all the detail you have done. Beautiful xx

  17. Incredible project - wo, wow, and WOW again! xx Jill B

  18. If Linda is first on your list then I shall be second........I would never be able to do any of your beautiful projects but would love to sit and just watch you at work. Love Kathy xx


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