Thursday, November 06, 2014

Majora's Mask Clock Town Clock

Difficulty: Easy                   ★★☆☆☆

You will need:
  • A circular wooden clock surface
  • A clock movement kit
  • The template
  • Permanent markers and/ or acrylic paint
  • Tracing paper or parchment paper
  • A pencil
  • Scissors 
  • Glue
  • Masking tape
  • Paint brushes (if you plan on using paint)
  • A blending tortillion
  • A surface primer (optional)
  • A finishing coat/ Mod Podge (optional)

First you will need to print out the template. The Template is designed for a 10" clock face. Measure your clock surface and resize the template if necessary before printing it out.

Once you have the template printed out, cut out both pieces then glue the two halves together using the tab on the first half.

Next cut a piece of tracing or parchment paper that is slightly larger than your template. Then clip or tape the template and tracing/parchment paper together or onto a board. If you are using parchment paper, make sure that the less waxy side is facing up.

Now trace the entire template onto the tracing/parchment paper with a pencil. Make sure to also outline around the edge of the template. Once you have the template traced onto your paper, separate the two pages and cut out the traced template.

Before you move onto the next step, decide how you plan on colouring the face of the clock. If you want the face to look really clean and vibrant, you'll probably want to use acrylic paints. If you want the clock to look like it's strait out of the game, use permanent markers. The marker slightly bleeds into the surface and you can still see the grain of the wood. 
If you are using paints we recommend using some clear gesso or another surface primer to help the paint adhere to the wood. Prime the wood and let the surface dry before moving on.

Take your traced template and place it pencil side down onto the front side of the clock surface. Use some masking tape to keep it in place. Next, take a blending tortillion and  firmly rub over the entire template. You might want to go over it a couple of times to make sure that the pencil lines have transferred onto the wood. Remove the template once you're happy with the clarity of the transfer.

Go over the pencil lines with a fine tip black permanent marker.

Now you can start colouring your clock. Use the colour guide above to help you choose your colours. Make sure to colour the side edge of the clock face. 

Once your colour is finished drying you can apply a finishing coat of your choice if you want. Let the coat dry before moving on to the next step.

Finally, attach the hands to your clock following your kit's provided instructions.

Now you have your finished Majora's Mask clock!


  1. This is BRILLIANT, thank you!

    How do you install the movement kit without a recess in the clock surface?

    1. I had to sand down a space into the back. As long as the movement kit piece is longer than the wood you're fine. I figured that other people might be able to find a longer movement kit so that you wouldn't need to make any adjustments to the wood.

    2. Oh hmmm. I bought the clock surface already but the craft store was out of the recommended movement kit. Would you recommend buying a size larger or just sanding, or does it really matter which?

    3. Getting a larger size would be easier for you. The way the movement kits are attached make it easy to adjust to your clock thickness.

    4. thanks so much! :)

  2. could i use the picture of the black and white template for a shirt i want to create, im asking so i dont run into any copy write issues

    1. As long as you are using it for personal use and not mass producing the shirt it's fine :)

    2. thank you :) no worries its for personal use

  3. 2 questions:
    1. How did the pencil go onto the wood so easily? Just normal pencil on wax paper, then pressed with the tortillion? That simple?
    2. I used a clear coat on marker before, and it all smudged and mixed together and got ruined... Which clear finish coat do you recommend?

    1. Yep! Some woods might take the pencil a little easier but the pencil on parchment/ tracing paper works great. I recommend you go over the lines once transferred just so they aren't as easily rubbed off.

      For the coat I used some Mod Podge. If you're really worried about the marker smudging, let the marker soak into the wood for a couple of days or just use a spray on coat of some kind.
      Good luck!