Thursday, June 2, 2011

My Mora Trompe Loeil Clock

When Lindy from Cottage Hill posted about this fabulous idea to make a trompe loeil clock like the one she saw from Pier one, here, I totally fell in love with the idea and had to make one!!
We've been wanting to make a Mora clock for a long time but we just haven't gotten around to it yet..I love all of these styles of Mora clocks.

This project took me a while because Sophie slows down a lot of the projects around here, :0)  I 've been working on making our patio a lovely place to be and hang out in and we have always wanted a mora, so I thought it'd be the perfect spot for a fake mora! Using mdf and some trim pieces I made one for our outdoor living room :0) We are really blessed to have a large covered patio -which is a wonderful thing to have in Las Vegas. (pictures of that project coming soon)

The clock is around 6 1/2 ft tall, I drew it on a piece of 3/4" mdf and cut it out with a jigsaw. Sher helped me cut out the circle that the actual clock fits into and he used his router. I bought a cheap clock at big lots and painted it the way I wanted, then added some moulding we had left over to the bottom of the clock and used a round medallion trim piece that I had and cut a piece from to "crown" my mora. 

I don't have any "in progress" photos because once I finally have a chance to work on something I always forget the camera! I do have a couple pictures from the time I started to paint the clock though.
Here is the only photo I could find of the naked clock:

 I painted it with a blue green oops paint that I had in my paint cupboard, then I added a thick layer of elmers school glue and before the glue dries I put on a thick coat of off white paint I had left over from our laundry room re-do. As the layers dry they crackle and you can see a little of the blue color come through. Once that was dry I sanded a few of the areas and rubbed some mahogany  gel  stain that we had in the cabinet-I just used whatever I had on hand...

Pop in the clock face and voila! -You've got a mora clock!! :0)

Thanks so much for the inspiration Lindy!!