Saturday, October 22, 2016

Miniature Weasley Burrow Clock

I have a thing for clocks. There are clocks scattered all over the Pixie house. I even have a cuckcoo clock hanging above my work table in my studio. Not a single timepiece in this home tells the correct time.

So, I was excited to learn that 'clocks' were the theme at AlphaStamps this month and as soon as I learned that grandfather clocks were on the menu I knew I needed a Weasley Burrow Clock.

I chose not to paper the clock, but rather cover it in wood filler and gesso. I applied each, layer by layer, allowing it to dry and sanding before the next application. Two healthy layers of each, and a little touch ups to cover the chipboard joints, seemed to do the trick.

The piece is covered with acrylic paint, metal embellishments added, and then washes of earth tones give it some age and grime.

Inside I've placed a Glass Tube Pendant and filled it with magical time glitter. (I said it, so it's a thing, right?)

I've only used three spoons as the hands on the face. (It really should be 9 golden hands if you want absolute authenticity.) Any more seems to get a bit thick where they overlap. If you wanted to add more, I would suggest cutting the handles and placing them 'just-so' to circumvent the issue of over thickness.

For the clock face and Weasley family pictures, I just did a quick google search.
There is a drawer that fits into that bottom area of the clock. After applying so many layers of filler and gesso it becomes a bit of a tight fit. I like the idea of the Weasley's tucking things into every available space so I've used this area for storage. Paper scrolls, Half Scale Wine Bottles that look just like little potion vials, Pumpkin Pods and a Mini Black Cauldron are all crammed into that little space.

And although he's a rotter, I've painted a Tiny Metal Mouse to look like 'Scabbers'. After all, I'm pretty sure he would have kept a close eye on where the family was at all times.

I realize that there are variations of the clock (Mrs. Weasley is said to carry it around the house with her) but I have always thought of it as a grandfather clock as it is in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Even if it ain't 100% accurate, I'm pretty darned pleased with my little burrow clock.

And bit by bit:
Tiny Metal Mouse
Glass Tube Pendant
Brass Flower Charms*
Bronze Branch Connectors
Half Scale Green Wine Bottle
Half Scale Red Wine Bottle
Mini Black Cauldron
Pumpkin Pods
Silver-Plated Teacup, Teapot, Spoon
Tiny Dot Dresden Borders - Black*
Victorian Drop or Handle - Raw Brass


  1. I love clocks! I always thought I would have a whole room full of clocks ( if I ever won the lottery) and another full of glass orbs.
    I adore the Weasley's! And Molly would love that clock. I always thought it probably changed shape depending on where she had it.
    Well I just ordered some things from AS and I guess now I need that clock. I do love clocks 😊
    I love Pixie Hill!

  2. The Weasley's would be so proud of you!! You've captured just what they would want!!!
    I love it!!

  3. Delightful! Another whimsical creation to inspire me raise my own benchmark! This is too too cute.

  4. The Weasley's would be proud to own your clock and you've done a super job in your creation. Yes, magical time glitter! Love how to took out the drawer and made it a tiny cubbie hole so fitting for that family and their filled to the rafters house. We are a Harry Potter group at my house and I must show the grandboys your clock.

  5. In Ron Weasley's own words... "BRILLIANT!" Grin. What a wonderfully magical place it must be inside your Brain.

  6. Oh my...that's just beautiful. Love the pendulum full of glitter.

    For your spoon hands...would sliver paper work? Like wrapping paper maybe? With some modge podge or gesso for stiffening?

  7. Brilliant. Just brilliant. Well done as usual, Nichola!

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