How to Install a New Clock Movement or Mechanism on your Clock

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How to Add a Mechanism to a Clock.

Installing a new clock Mechanism can be a daunting process, but it is actually very easy if you follow a few step-by-step instructions.
  • Firstly, Select your movement by deciding whether you would like a ticking or a non-ticking mechanism.
  • Measure the thickness of your clock face.  It is easiest to get something pointy and poke it through the center hole, and measure that.  That measurement will be the minimum spindle length that you require.
  • Then, all you have to do is select your hands.  These come in a variety of size, colour and shape.  If you have numbers on your dial, it is best to select a size that falls slightly short of these as it may obscure them and make it less easy to read.  The hands are sold by size in millimeters. This size given is the size of the minute hand.  The hour hand is proportional to this.
Once you have your new clock movement, it there are a few steps to ensure that it is fitted properly.  You will have in your kit, the movement, a rubber washer, a brass washer, a brass nut and your hands.

Place the rubber washer over your spindle (the pointy bit that the hands attach to) and push the spindle through the hole from the back of the clock.  This washer ensures that your movement will not slip and grips it to the back of the clock.

After you have put the spindle through the center hole (here I am making a hard board clock with a vintage map), Put the brass washer on the spindle and then the nut and screw this on until firm.  This will attach the movement to your clock.  The brass washer will also cover the area around the hole on the face and hide any bits there that are not neat.  It will adds to the finished look of the clock.

The hands have a protective seal - gently peel this off and firmly but gently push the hour hand on first at 12.00.  You may need to slightly wiggle this down onto the spindle.  Next do the same with the minute hand at 12.00.  It may be an idea at this stage to test the hands by moving them on a couple of hours to make sure that they are not conflicting with each other.  If they are, the metal hands can be gently bent away from each other.  You may have to do this particularly if your hands are under glass (here you may have to gently bend the ends down a bit).

When you are satisfied that the clock is ready, gently push the second hand on to the spindle.  Only put the second hand on when you are satisfied that everything is in place! The clock is a precision movement and is designed for a very snug fit, and the second hand to be attached permanently.  If you try to remove the second hand once in place, the pillar in the central column with come out and break.

Install your battery and your clock is ready to go!
There are no limits when it comes to making clocks.  You can pretty much make a clock out of anything, and my movements can be simply installed and working within minutes.

I've added some example of upcycled vintage clocks as further inspiration for your clock making below 
From making new clocks, to bringing new life into an old clock  to upcycling and redesigning a vintage clock.  Clock Making a fun, compelling and very creative craft.
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