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Monday, 20 February 2017

Speed Dial

"Are these any use to you, Auntie?"  
Was asked that question and handed a couple of gears and chain from my nephew's friend's motorbike that he had stripped down.
Needless to say my answer was an absolute 

Can barely lift the largest of the gears but where there is a will etc.,
And as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted it to be a clock

Put off doing it for ages and ages for fear of "ruining" the parts
But then decided that had they not given them to me then they would have languished away in the corner of nephew's garage and be lost ... 

So, yesterday was The Day and I so enjoyed doing it

Called it Speed Dial
Speed - motorbike
Dial - clock

Clever, huh!?!?!?!?!

I KNOW it is not hanging centrally!!!!
I did not want it to
VERY much ... "left a bit ... bit more ... bit more" adjustment went on
So, off-set it is!

It is all very much more 3D than shows in the photographs
I am hopeless at photographs

Had to work hard on  NOT using my safe, preferred colours and actually had out the browns, teals, greens &  blues and the little pots of rust paste and think I would actually like it more had I stuck to those colours but decided to really push myself and use colours I rarely, if ever, use

Needed help with this from hubby as it is so heavy!
Got him to wire the chain to the largest gear
Raided my box of broken watch parts - the sort of box you keep to rummage through but never use
Parts that are beautiful just the way they are
VERY hard to add them - but needs must!

Ingredients :
Wonderful nephews & their mates whom give you fabulous parts to play with

Prima Marketing (Finnabair) 
Art Basics :
Heavy Black Gesso
3D Matte Gel : Heavy Body Gel : Soft Gloss Gel
Art Extravagance :
Graphite Texture Paste
Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint :
Metallique Black Velvet : Opal Magic Violet Green
Art Ingredients :
Glass Glitter - Pitch Black
Micro Beads - Berry

Sweet Poppy Shimmering Silver Acrylic Mist

*** EDITED 28 June ***

Was never happy with the colours of this
Had it on the wall for 4 months now but could put up with it no longer
What on earth was I thinking using purple & silver?!?!?!

Went against ALL the advice to leave well alone
and tweaked it 
Wanted it to look like it was still oily - as if from the garage floor (which it was, of course)
Much happier now!

Colours added over the dreadful purple & silver were:
Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints : 
Metallique Black Berry : Metallique Steampunk Copper
Metallique Midnight Sky : Metallique Dark Velvet
Metallique Emerald Green

Oh, I don't mean the purple & silver were dreadful colours - just my choice of them for this project !!!!!


  1. Wow, just how clever are you Debbie? that is amazing, I'd never have thought of doing that. Absolutely love it, and the colours work like a charm. Hugs Hugs and lots of Love, Shaz xxxx

  2. Amazing artwork, love the purple colours too and the clock parts finish it off. Well done to your nephews for thinking of you before throwing beautiful stuff away....I clearly need to see what's hiding away in my brothers garage...apart from 8 motorbikes!!