Loaf Pan Cat Clock

Sculpt your own clock out of everyday items by following these steps.

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Project by Mark Brown from Easthampton, Mass.

Mark makes wonderful sculptural pieces. He enjoys combing flea markets for objects that he can incorporate into his work. In this project, he makes a fun "cat" clock using a loaf pan.

Materials and Tools:

small loaf pan
black spray paint
black enamel
hook
wide-mouth canning jar lid
2 pleated drapery hooks
stainless steel serving spoon
black checker
3 painted #6 finishing washers
2 painted 1-1/4" flat washers
painted 3/8" washer
decorative button (for nose)
6-8 decorative buttons (for eyes)
painted steamer leaf
2 table spoons
3" clock dial
clock mechanism with hands and hardware
red belt buckle or poker chip
assorted #6 machine bolts with nuts and lock washers

Steps:

1. Prime these parts in advance with a black spray paint layer and then a second coat of black enamel paint: two 1-1/4-inch washers, three #6 finishing washers, circle from a large-mouth canning jar, steamer leaf and 3/8-inch flat washer.

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2. Flip the loaf pan so that the bottom of the pan is up. This is the surface of the loaf pan that will be worked on. Measure the top of the loaf pan. Affix hook to the middle on the back.

3. To make the mouth: Drill two holes in the top and the bottom of the black canning lid. Place it on the outside bottom of the loaf pan and mark the holes with a pencil.

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4. Drill holes in the loaf pan. Place the canning jar ring on the loaf pan bottom and insert the canning lid. Line up the holes and secure the pieces with two 1/4-inch rivets.

5. To make the nose: Place the black steamer leaf on the central axis of the bread pan bottom and mark its placement with a pencil. Drill a hole and then bolt it securely.

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6. Find the center of the bowl of the serving spoon. Mark it. Start a hole in the center by striking it with a metal punch. Hold the handle of the spoon with one hand and drill with the other hand.

7. Place the spoon in a vice and cut off the spoon handle with a hacksaw. Place the spoon on top of the steamer leaf and drill a hole through it. Take two pleated drapery hooks with the hook parts removed and place equal distances from the center. Mark the spot and drill two holes. Secure drapery hooks with machine bolts.

8. Drill holes in the black checker and the decorative button. Using a long machine bolt, assemble a black finishing washer, the button, the checker and lastly the serving spoon. Put these in place and run the bolt through the predrilled hole in the bread pan. Secure with a nut from the back.

9. To make the ears: Place two spoons into the vice so that only the bowl of the spoon is showing. Using a hammer, bend the spoons so that the bowls are at right angles to the handles.

10. Take the spoons out of the vice and drill a hole just behind this right angle. Replace the spoon in the vice and cut the handle off 1/4 inch below the hole. Place the spoons on the top of the loaf pan. Mark them, drill a hole, and secure with machine bolts.

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11. For the eyes: Drill the centers of all remaining decorative buttons. The eyes need both color and contrast. Place the large black washers on the upper part of the bread pan bottom. Mark their places and drill holes. Start with the black finishing washer, then the small white button and additional colored buttons, and stack on the machine bolt. Secure in place on both sides.

12. To assemble the clock: Place the clock dial in the mouth. Mark placement for clock spindle and drill the hole. From the back, put the clock spindle through the hole, adding decorative washers. Center and secure the clock face with a washer and put on second, minute and hour hands.

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