Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chalkboard Clock

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I'm a little late of this post but sometimes projects just don't work out the first time, right?!
I saw this clock idea in the newspaper and thought it would be perfect for my sons astronomy room. You know we are a bunch of nerds at our house. I thought this was sooo cool. My boys take after dad. Numbers just click for them! They excel in math and science. I am always amazed at what they can figure out in their minds. Me, yeah, well, I have to write down 2+2. Really. You think I am kidding- ok maybe just a bit but math is NOT my forte!
So here is my fantastic clock. My son thought it was pretty cool too.

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I picked up a simple wood circle from the craft store and the clock innards. I used chalkboard paint but you can just use black paint too.
After the paint dries I had to prep it with chalk for the chalkboard paint.....
When I was done I had a nice surface to play with.
It was a good thing I tried with chalk first. Not all of the equations were shown on the newspaper. Some of them were a bit long for the size of my clock too. Remember how I love numbers. Yeah, uhm, well it took me a few tries to get the right equations on there. Thankfully the chalkboard was perfect for erasing over and over and over..... again.
This is what I ended up with. Not bad. I was proud of myself....until dear hubby got home and dear son who follows in his dad's brain steps.....more on that in a minute.....
My only problem with the chalk was I couldn't spray a finish on it. I tried several different tricks but the chalk just washed away. I ended up painting over the numbers with antique white paint. It still had some flecks of chalk so it retained some of the chalk writing effect. 
So proud of my project, I sprayed it with a nice coat of sealer then left it to dry. 
That evening I showed it to my sweet hubby. 
"Look at my project honey! What do you think"
Yeah, it didn't take him long to point out my mistakes.
Can you find them?
Each number is suppose to be the result of the equation right?!
Apparently I got some of my equations wrong. 
48 divided by 6 is not 7.
When I finished painting the numbers I made the 4 on 64 a 9, thus not resulting in 8.
And the 9 on 109 should be 8.
See I told you I wasn't number savy.
At least we he caught it before I put the clockworks in place. 
Back to the sander, painting and finishing it off.
What can I say the right brain just wouldn't let the left work.
The end result is fantastic. Thanks boys for keeping mom on track!

What do you think?

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  1. My boyfriend would just worship this!! He is a big maths and science guy!
    Feel free to link up on my blogs linky party!

  2. Love it! I've seen these on the Amazon, and I've even seen one in a classroom. This would be great as a gift for a teacher at any level, just sub letters for numbers. Oh, and I found your link at Gluesticks.

  3. Sheila- I'm glad you like it. And thanks for letting me know how you found me. I found the idea in the newspaper. They did an article on making science fun. Caught my attention. ;-)

    Stephanie...Thanks for letting me know about your link party. I am headed over to check things out!


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