Title: A Question of Time
Size: 14″ diameter
A Question of Time was made using decorative gears, clock hands, various watch themed jewelry pieces, scrapbook paper, and acrylic paint mounted on wood.
I’m writing this story in 2016, the piece was created in 2013 so I’ll do my best to remember.
A Question of Time started out as a very different piece, or at least the base did. The base was first used for a piece called Falling Petals. I dropped the piece resulting in several cracks. I carefully pried the remaining pieces off the board and then sanded it down. Then it sat there for the longest time.
I don’t remember exactly why I picked up the board and decided to finally do something with it but I did. The base piece is technically made to build a clock on. There’s actually a small hole in the center for mounting a clockwork mechanism. Thinking back, that may have been what inspired the clock theme.
When I started this piece, I already owned the scrapbook paper that makes up the background as well as the gears and pocket watches. Finding the clock hands at a good price was the bigger problem. Clearly I overcame that issue.
The large pocket watch in the center is a pretty heavy piece of metal. The clock face is just a piece of paper glued on. I poured a clear resin into the piece to create the ‘glass’ for the watch. I added a drop of brown ink to the resin so my faux-glass wasn’t entirely “shiny new” in appearance.
After all the pieces were glued into place, I stood back and realized it looked “brand new.” I wanted a more ‘aged’ look. To achieve that, I dry brushed several colors of brown and yellow around the piece. It’s not an exactly process. I just kept at it until everything started to look weathered by time.
The title comes from the cliche but I have no idea why I associated the cliche with the piece. Sometimes words or phrases come into mind when I create a piece. When that happens, I usually use it as my title.