Wanting to add some color to my sewing room, and make something functional, I decided to make a fused glass clock. Actually, I just needed an excuse to work with glass again .
Looking at ideas on-line, I found lots of pictures of clocks that other people had made (see photo below for some of my favorites). While all of these were great, and any one of them would have been fun to make, I really wanted to come up with an idea that was unique to me.
So, one day while I was looking at some pictures of quilts, I came up with an idea for my clock. The quilting project I saw was called “Dresden Village”. This pattern involved using the Dresden Plate pattern to make a center table mat that depicted houses around a circle.
Since the Dresden Plate pattern involves pie shaped pieces sewn into a circle, I thought it would be an ideal pattern to use for a clock. The circle could be divided into 24 pieces each with a 15 degree angle. Pieced together, the taller houses mark the hours and the smaller houses mark the half hour. To further differentiate the time, I made the doors of the taller houses with black noodles and the smaller houses with red noodles.
The house numbers were printed on photo transfer paper and the windows were dichroic slide paper. Black glass was used to add a roof to each house. Glass Frit of various sizes and shades of green were used to create trees and shrubs in the “Central Park”. The clockworks were added.
Now I have a colorful clock in my sewing room!