Magazine article Sunset

Rock around the Clock

Magazine article Sunset

Rock around the Clock

Article excerpt

* Call it a garden timepiece: It's a clock designed for patio or porch. Slate creates the natural face. Rich in color and textural interest, slate exhibits all the beauty and enduring elegance of an impressionist painting, but unlike a Monet, it's a bar gain: You can buy a 12-inch-square slate tile at most home centers or tile shops for less than $4We turned one into a clock using little more than a drill and a few items from craft and hardware stores. TIME: Less than two hours

COST: About $20

MATERIALS

* 10-inch-diameter metal cake or pie pan

* 1 foot of heavy-duty picture-hanging wire

* Matte black spray paint

12-inch-square slate tile

18-inch square of flat scrap wood

* Four 11/2-inch-long, 3/8-inch carriage bolts with washers and nuts

* Battery-operated clock mechanism with 1t/16-inch-diameter stem and hands (available at most craft stores for less than $10, or from Meisel Hardware Specialties; 800/441-9870).

*AA battery

TOOLS

Pencil

*Electric drill and all-purpose bits

*Ruler

* 1/2-inch masonry bit

* Wrench

DIRECTIONS

1. Mark a point on the rim of the cake pan. Consider it the 12 o'clock point, then mark what would be the 10 and 2 o'clock positions just below the rim on the outside of the pan. …

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