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I had an idea for small desk clock that might be cool and would work if I could find a clock insert small enough to keep the whole thing from looking too massive. I ordered a clock insert from Klockit that I thought should work. When it arrived I realized just how tiny it really is and decided it wasn’t going to work as originally intended.

So it sat around for a month until it was finally time to do something with. At first I thought I would just make a really miniature clock patterned after a standard shelf-style clock but I couldn’t seem to find a design that struck the right balance with its size.

Hmmm, BALANCE. Yeah, balance is good. So what would make an interesting balance? What the heck, let’s try something and see how it looks. So a few hours later I ended up with this balancing elephant. He was cut on the scroll saw out of 1/4” ply and sits on a hardwood craft store ball that’s been sliced in half on the bandsaw. The ball sits on a 2” x 2” base made from some scrap cherry with chamfered edges to add to the balance illusion. I used 1 3/8” forstner bit to drill the hole for the clock.

The ball was dyed with liquid vermillion airbrush water color media which I think gives it a kind of padauk look. A couple of coats of spray lacquer finished it off. A fun half day project. The piece is 6.5" tall by 6" wide.

The final photo shows you the basis for my original clock concept. It is a home decor item I spotted at the Target store and made me think it would make and interesting clock. Feel free to run with the idea.
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I love that vermilion dye; it looks like Purpleheart.
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Nice outcome as always Oliver

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Cool, Ollie. Did you glue the ball back together or is it flat on the backside?

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Cool, Ollie. Did you glue the ball back together or is it flat on the backside?

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It's flat on the back side because there is a small vertical support behind it and the elephant that attaches to the base. Plus, the half ball was left over from an earlier project.

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I think that is neat.

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Amazing, you have a great imagination.
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That's clever. I like that a lot.
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Slick. Now do two more, one with the elephant holding the clock with its trunk, and the other in the ball.

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