Paris Clock

By  Barbara Greve 

size: 18" diameter

  • Paris Clock


  • Wooden board (3/8”x24” square) or laminated board (21/32”x24” square)
  • Klockit Quartex Brand High Torque Quartz Movement (10107) and Extra-Long Clock Hands (66800), 8-3/16”
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Black, Brown Iron Oxide, Charcoal, Deep River Green, Hammered Iron, Light Foliage Green, Light Ivory, Manganese Blue, Nightfall Blue, Old Parchment, Salem Blue, Storm Grey, White
  • Hanger of choice


  • Daler-Rowney Robert Simmons Expression Paintbrushes: Series E85 Pointed Round 2/0; Series E60 Flat Shader #2, #4; Series E57 Angle Shader 1/8”, 3/8”; Series E51 Liner 18/0, 10/0; Series E55 Flat Wash/Glaze 3/4”; Series E70 Deerfoot Stippler 1/8”
  • Delta Ceramcoat: Gel Stain Medium, Fine Crackle Finish, Exterior/Interior Matte Varnish
  • Scroll or jig saw
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Router (optional)

Basic Supplies

  • ruler, sandpaper, soft cloth, transfer paper, pencil, newspaper (to cover work surface), palette, paper towel

Pattern - Paris Clock

  • 1. Use saw to cut 18"-diameter circle from wood; drill 5/16" hole in center. (Note: If using 21/32"-thick stock, route 2-1/2" square centered over hole to 3/8" thickness. If router is not available, use hand tool.) Sand edges and clock front; wipe dust. Basecoat front and side edges Light Ivory. Let dry. Apply second coat; let dry.
  • 2. Print out patterns. Transfer number placement on clock using pattern as guide and Eiffel Tower and "Paris" placement using photo as guide.
  • 3. Basecoat Roman numerals and minute marks Black using #2 flat. Line tops and bottoms of numerals and minute marks using 10/0 liner.
  • 4. Slip-slap sky around and behind Eiffel Tower and around clouds Salem Blue. Loosely brush around clouds. Shade inside clouds Salem Blue using 3/8" angle shader. Shade around clouds with (2:1) brush mix of Manganese Blue + Nightfall Blue. Highlight stroke Light Ivory clouds randomly.
  • 5. Slip-slap grass Light Foliage Green. Shade Deep River Green on grass and around trees. Stipple trees Light Foliage Green and Deep River Green.
  • 6. Line Eiffel Tower Black using 18/0 liner. Shade randomly with (2:1) mixture of Hammered Iron + Storm Grey. Line over with (2:1) mixture of Old Parchment + White. Shade in more recessed areas Black.
  • 7. Line "Paris" letters Black and scroll work Hammered Iron. Let dry.
  • 8. Follow manufacturer's instructions to apply crackle finish to front and sides of clock. (Note: For larger cracks, apply thicker crackle coat.) Let dry.
  • 9. Mix (1:1) Brown Iron Oxide + Gel Stain Medium. Apply to front and sides of clock. Remove stain with paper towels until desired effect is achieved. (Note: Use damp paper towel in case more stain needs to be removed.)
  • 10. Attach motor and large clock hands following manufacturer's instructions. Attach hanger of choice.
  • Tip
  • 1. Check out your local hardware store for a lightweight plywood that can be cut at the store to desired 18" circular shape.