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May 3, 2010

Record Clock

Are you old enough to remember the era of vinyl records? I was going through a box I'd taken home from my parents' attic after a vacation, and I came across my old collection of 45s. The records were from the '70s and '80s--I know the tape deck had come into vogue by the time I was ten years old. So between my sister's collection that she'd turned over to me, and all my childhood records, there were quite a few classics that I can't bear to part with.

But one had an obvious home waiting. I went to Disneyland when I was nine, and my main souvenier was a record of the music from the Main Street Electrical Parade. One of my best friends now works for Disney, and her birthday is today. So this weekend, I made the old record into a clock for the wall of her work cubicle.

Starting with the original record, I bought a clock kit at the craft store, and simply screwed it onto the back of the record through the original hole. It made a great gift for my friend--she was really pleased! She showed it by taking the time to send a picture of the clock in her cubicle. Doesn't it look great with the other memorabilia surrounding it?

I did the same thing for myself some years ago with an old empty film reel from our family's home movie collection. I hang it in my office along with stills from the movies I've worked on.

Are you familiar with clock movements? If you've ever built a custom clock yourself, leave a comment on the blog to tell me what you used, and where you placed it.

1 comment:

  1. What a creative gift idea! I will have to take a look through our box of old records and see if I have any visually interesting vinyl.


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