Artwork & Blog Post by Helen Baldock, Powertex Australia Design Team.
Hey everyone, as many of you know the January inspiration theme from Powertex Australia is 'Precious Time' and a gorgeous Clock Kit is now available for purchase in Australia. When I first saw this kit I was so excited about what I could do with it and the creative juices started flowing immediately... this is what I did... I hope it inspires you to make one as well...
The Designer Kit includes:
Secondly I traced around the styrofoam so I could get an idea where I need to put the Powertex and then cut out a hole in the base for the clock mechanism with a jigsaw. Next pre-mix your Bister Powders and put them into small spray bottles, if you're unsure how to do this, there are instructions on how to mix the Bister Powders on the Powertex Australia website... its very easy! Then stir your Ivory Powertex and put approx. 250ml in a plastic container.
The next step is to use the Powertex Ivory and the Bister colour/s of your choice to create a crackle effect on the back of the MDF base and the clock face. (For the black and white clock pictured above I used Black Bister) Then you simply paint a small section of the MDF with powertex, spray the bister and then use a hairdryer to create the crackle. TIP: Start at one end and work away from yourself so you don't re-spray what you have already done. Repeat the process until finished (as pictured above).
Next get the styrofoam circle, cut a hole for the clock mechanism and paint the front face of the styrofoam black with Powertex or acrylic paint to emphasise the numbers. Place the clock mechanism in the styrofoam and then attach the face to the styrofoam with Powertex to ensure everything lines up. Once attached paint the side of styrofoam then put it aside (above left). Create the crackle effect again on the front flourish of the clock and attach the two small MDF embellishments as you go, then put aside.
Next create the crackle effect on the outside of the styrofoam flourish, it is a little tricky to go around all the curves without spraying to much over what you have already done... just be careful (above left). Now go back to the base and 'crack' all around the edges where the styrofoam won't be attached, and allow to dry (above right).
Finally finish all the elements and assemble. To do this you need to attach the styrofoam onto the base with Powertex, making sure it is centred, let it dry and then attach the front. (TIP: weigh down the MDF each time you attach it to the styrofoam.) To assemble the clock face, place the mechanism inside styrofoam making sure it sits inside the base, then adhere everything together with Powertex. Once it is all assembled, attach the hands to the clock and a hook on back for hanging. This clock is AMAZING! It will definitely WOW your friends and family and be a talking point in your home! Enjoy... (I have made two already and I still want to make more!!!)
Ashley Hay is an artist and the Importer of Powertex for Australia. Ashley has become a great advocate for this amazing product and wishes to share her excitement about the versatility of Powertex with others.