The watch is a very functional object that allows us to measure time and keep abreast of the hours of the day. Currently there are so-called digital and analog watches that we see in any store, but you can make one yourself from the comfort of your home to teach a child how to read the time, to learn how ancient clocks worked or to make a completely homemade one.
If you are interested in the idea, then in this article I leave you exactly 4 tutorials on how to make different types of clocks. All the processes are simple and can be done with recyclable and easy-to-find materials, so let’s get started!
How to make a clock?
If you want to have a clock on your wall but don’t want to buy one of the common ones on the market, then follow this tutorial to learn how to make a totally original and functional wall clock for your home. It will be XXL size
The materials to use;
- Plastic sheets of the color you want
- clock mechanism
- Wall paint in the color of your choice
- Pair of scissors
- A drill
Step 1.- Make the clock hands and the circle in plastic
Draw the hands of the clock any way you want on the plastic sheets and cut them. Too draw the circle where they will go so that it covers the clock mechanism.
Step 2.- Cover the clock mechanism and place the hands
Remove the second hand from the mechanism and paste the circle what did you cut to hide the mechanism. Later glue the hands what did you do in the plastic sheets to the original ones of the clock so that they move at the same rhythm
Step 3.- Draw the circular shape of the clock and the numbers on the wall
Take the pencil and draw the clock on the wall. Make sure you take the measurements right. after that start painting the numbers the way you want on the wall.
Step 4.- Screw the clock mechanism in the center and you are done
put the mechanism in the center by screwing it And that’s it, you already have an original and realistic wall clock.
How to Make a Cardboard Clock?
The cardboard clocks are mainly used for homework for the little ones in the house. Making a cardboard clock in the company of a child will allow them to understand how it works as well as learn to read the time on an analog clock.
In this way, if your child has been given the task of making a clock for school or you just want to teach him how to tell the time in a dynamic and fun way, then this little tutorial of how to make a cardboard clock will be very helpful.
The materials to use;
- Pair of scissors
- Acrylic paintings
Note: If the child is small, let him just help you paint, but let him observe the whole process.
Step 1.- Draw the cardboard circle
Draw the circular shape of the clock on the carton with a compass. You can make it any diameter you want. I recommend that you be one of 20cm.
Step 2.- Make the clock hands
Draw also the two clock hands on the same cardboard. You can make them in the form of arrows, lines, etc. remember to make the minutes long and the hours short.
Step 3.- Decorate the clock creatively
Let it the child paints the clock as he likes. Make sure the clock and the two hands are a different color so that the child can tell them apart.
Step 4.- It is time to place the numbers and open the hole for the hands
Once finished and dry, draw the numbers with a marker Y open a hole for him both to clock center like one of the ends of hands
Step 5.- Attach the hands to the clock and you are ready
Put the hands together in such a way that the holes coincide and then place their holes on top of the clock hole. Unite everything with binder, fix it very well and voila. The cardboard clock is ready for school and for your child to learn very well how to read the time on an analog clock.
How to make an hourglass?
Measuring time has always been a necessity for human beings. in ancient times There were an infinity of types of watches before reaching the ones we know today. One of them was hourglasswhich replaced the sundial that could only measure time while the sun gave light.
But what is the hourglass? It’s basically a glass or plastic container filled with sand what is found divided into two equal parts cup-shaped through a narrow hole which enables the passage of the sand little by little. This type of watch is not used to know the time, but to measure the time of certain events.
Currently used in schools as projects to learn a little more about the history of humanity, and also to some board games in which small hourglasses are created that last around 1 minute to set challenges and avoid using an electronic timer.
If you are interested in making an hourglass for one of these two uses or for another activity, then follow each step that I will give you below.
The materials to use;
- white fine sand
- Two identical plastic bottles with their caps
- two wooden sticks
- A thin cardboard box
- A candle
- Glue gun
Step 1.- Start by cleaning the plastic bottles very well
Cleans plastic bottles very well so that they are shiny. make sure that there is no residue or liquid inside as this could affect the passage of the sand. Similarly clean the lids.
Step 2.- Join both bottle caps by the edge
Now you must glue both caps joining the surfaces with the silicone gun. You should place the silicone around the lids, not in the center.
Step 3.- Open a hole through the caps
When they dry you should proceed to make the hole in the center of the caps Where does the sand go? The wider the faster the sand goes by, so make sure you be the right size. You can open it by heating the nail with the candle and melting the plastic.
Step 4.- Screw one of the bottles to the caps and fill the other with sand
When you already have the hole, screw one of the bottles onto one of the caps and then start filling the other bottle with the sand. If it’s posible sift the sand to ensure that only the fine remains without any residue that could hinder its passage
Step 5.- Screw the sand bottle to the other end of the lid and test the clock
Now you will need to screw the other end of the cap onto the bottle you filled and turn it over to watch the sand go by. This is the test partboth to see that the sand passes well and to measure the time it takes to fall with a stopwatch and thus know how long that clock lasts.
Step 6.- Secure the lids and decorate the hourglass to your liking
When you’ve tried everything and it’s the way you want, you can secure the lids with a decorative ribbon and start decorate the hourglass to your liking with the wooden rods and the thin cardboard. And that’s it, you can now use your hourglass without any problem.
How to make a clock Solar?
If you thought that the hourglass is old, then the sundial is even more so. This incredible invention of ancient times it allowed to know the time according to the position of the sun How? Actually its operation is quite simple to understand but a bit complicated to do.
consisted of put a fixed stick on a surface, managed northward and inclined depending on the latitude of the place. Then, on the surface, they made several lines marking the hours. Thus, the shadow of the stick generated by the position of the sun marked some of the lines and so you could know what time it was. The only drawback is that it only served during the day.
As you can see, a lot of scientific calculations that today’s clocks make it easier for us. But it never hurts to learn, and the good news is that you can make a sundial from the comfort of your home in an easier way. If you want to know more, continue reading.
The materials to use;
- A smooth wooden board
- A long nail or stick
Step 1.- Place a nail in the center of a wooden board
Place the wooden board in a place where the sun shines and put the nail right in the center of the table. You can help yourself with the hammer.
Step 2.- Draw a line right where the shadow of the clock is and mark the time
When you have located the nail well, let the shadow reflects on the wood and just mark a line with the pencil where she is. Do it at the beginning of an hour. For example, if you see the clock strike the 3:00 pm, make the line, but if it marks other minutes, you must wait for the lines to be made. 4:00 p.m.
Step 3.- Go marking every 30 and 60 minutes as time goes by
When you mark the first line, wait half an hour, that is, the 3:30 pm and draw another line again. Continue like this until nightfall.
Step 4.- Your sundial will be finished
Once you finish with all the daylight hours, you will have your sundial ready. Remember that this can change and not be exact since the sun usually changes its position depending on the season and time in which it is.
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