"The Twelve Best"~Vintage Clock

December 28th, 2017 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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Heavily distressed with an intense red finish.
That’s an Indian Head logo next to the 12.
I found brass numbers that matched the original gold paint.
The base is a wheel from an old hose reel.

The more distressed the BETTER!
Pieces like this seem to have a soul.

Clock kit.

Heavily distressed with an intense red finish.
That’s an Indian Head logo next to the 12.

Heavily distressed with an intense red finish.

That’s an Indian Head logo next to the 12.

Photo: Jim Healy JunkArchitect (Copyright 2009)

This old tobacco tin, which had been in a Connecticut barn for the last 50 years, found a new use as a clock. Pulled from a crate and covered with dirt and dust, it was originally filled with “Twelve of the Worlds Finest Smoking Tobaccos”.


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy JunkArchitect (Copyright 2009)
posted in: blog, member junk, vintage, metal, eclectic, industrial, living room, red, Clock, brass-metallic, jim healy, junk architect, JH

Comments (33)

ellaharris3 writes: I think it turned out amazing! Posted: 2:41 am on January 7th
PinkysMom writes: One of my favorite clocks...perfect tin for the job!!!'
~suZi Posted: 7:20 am on July 27th
LloydsLandingofSears writes: What an imagination you have to take you to such lengths and to bring you to such ends as this and so many of your projects. How great you are! Love this one too! ~Mary~ Posted: 9:20 pm on August 11th
alleysally writes: LOVE THIS! Now if "they" just made clock hands worthy of such a find. (Someone needs to!)
How did you affix the components--base, stand and clock face? (Bet you have an acetylene torch welding set-up!) Posted: 2:22 pm on December 20th
Lauretta writes: Great job with this! You think like I do!!! Posted: 10:06 am on June 2nd
Cali_Junk writes: It’s not the twelve best, it’s THE best clock. You did a wonderful job with this Jim.
Posted: 10:44 pm on July 22nd
nancat1946 writes: this is just too fabulous ! you need to find more "stuff" and make some more to sell us. Sound like a plan ? You certainly are a gifted guy. Thanks for sharing with these cools pixs. Posted: 1:03 am on April 8th
Cynyth writes: OMG!! I need one! Posted: 9:50 pm on February 11th
alicemom writes: Good honk! This really takes the cake! I love this clock the best! smiles, alice Posted: 1:24 pm on January 24th
byabpryor writes: This is great! Posted: 5:42 pm on November 15th
DesignTurnpike writes: Love the bold color! Posted: 4:20 pm on September 24th
nmtraveler writes: Jim--love the clock--how ingenious!!What a great conversation piece.

nmtraveler Posted: 7:41 pm on September 15th
TinTinJunkFan writes: Wow this is fantastic, you have the most creative eye for turning out some magnificent works of art--I adore all your vintage projects! Posted: 5:34 pm on August 21st
Humana writes: Jim...............I don't what to say........everything you do turns out great........Cathy Posted: 1:17 pm on August 20th
Galvanized writes: WOW! I love the clock! What a great tin.
Posted: 5:18 pm on August 19th
Shelley_ writes: Too cool ... excellent! Posted: 2:25 pm on August 19th
gardener54 writes: Love it, what is connecting the tin to the wheel (base)? Posted: 12:06 pm on August 18th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: JIM,
I love what you did. Great Job. Robert. Posted: 1:17 am on August 18th
MimiToria writes: Jim - You always have great projects, but personally this one tugs at me the most. I just love it, the thought that went into it and how you executed it. It is one all around winner! The patina is fabulous, the brass numbers a perfect addition and love the base. You rock Jim, and next year you have got to plan ahead for the Oronoco show. You would love it! You'd be a bit out numbered, but there are tons of men around too. Posted: 3:54 pm on August 17th
itsnotjunk2me writes: Jim- love it! you are sooooo talented & inspiring. I found 2 hose reels carts on craiglist for $5! Now I need to figure out what to do with them! You've already given me several ideas with your awesome projects. Keep them coming! Posted: 3:05 pm on August 17th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Jim - I'm adding this to my list of your "12 Best" projects you've posted. Truly one of the best in my book!
Candy Posted: 1:16 pm on August 17th
suewhitney writes: If I had to pick a favorite of yours, Jimbo...this would be it! Love the color, the patina,the re-purpose, and well...everything about it. Judging by this post you will want to take the gas pump front I just bought at Oronoco off my hands. Mitts off, buddy boy! Hahaha!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 10:51 am on August 17th
shabbychick writes: Wonderful (I don't know what else to say...). I love the patina, the color, the new function and life you brought to the piece (ok...so I thought of a a little something to say!)

Love it!

Kathy Posted: 9:06 am on August 17th
TrashyChick writes: Jim, I love the gold and red colors. What a cool tin that is now a great clock.

TC Posted: 4:59 pm on August 15th
RichManJunkMan writes: Holy smokes! Fantastic piece. The design, the colors, the proportions... amazing project. Posted: 4:26 pm on August 15th
fellowjunker writes: Love the patina on this old tin Jim.........and I love how you re-purposed it into a clock. Great idea to add the base.
xojanis Posted: 1:51 pm on August 15th
lutrell writes: jim --awesom clock Posted: 10:02 pm on August 14th
surich writes: Ohhh...this would look AWESOME on my hall table... *sigh* Is it for sale? Posted: 9:50 pm on August 14th
SnowmanHill writes: This is awesome, I love old tins. You did a great job, as usual! Posted: 8:24 pm on August 14th
georgiamoon writes: Jimmy James, this is one of the coolest clocks I have ever seen. What a beauty! I love the red tin...it has just the perfect amount of patina and rust. What a great find and you were VERY smart to make this fantastic clock. You are always amazing my friend. Your junkin' pal, Georgia Posted: 8:07 pm on August 14th
karilelek writes: What a beauty. The more rusty,dented and neglected the better. Posted: 7:58 pm on August 14th
Humana writes: Jim.........great find............... Posted: 7:34 pm on August 14th
RustyDiva writes: Love it! How much????

Posted: 5:23 pm on August 14th
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