Clock faces, as well as clock gears and movements, are highly popular elements for inclusion in Assemblage or Mixed Media art. I’ve purchased more than a few broken watches or clocks over the years to disassemble – using every part that could effectively be adhered to canvas. But it can be a timely process and, even greater, the right sort of clock or watch is usually difficult to find for a price I’m willing to pay.
There are a multitude of new gears and watch faces available for purchase that specifically target the Mixed Media/Assemblage artist. I use such items extensively, especially gears. But the new clock and watch faces appear to be just that – new – and I want my embellishments to look old and a little rough or (even better) a bit broken.
Imagine my delight in finding these old battered colorful watch faces recently on Etsy for a reasonable price. I often find vintage elements on Etsy or eBay but the price is usually too high for use in an art piece that will contain dozens if not hundreds of such elements.
The key to such a successful find may be that the seller was located in Ukraine as well as my willingness to wait many weeks for delivery. I purchased these 24 clock faces in two lots. And, although I still think you’ll find the best vintage elements to include in your artwork at flea markets and estate sales, this time it really paid off to search a little online. Just perform your search using whatever descriptive words come to mind. Etsy sellers, in particular, take great care in tagging their products with all sorts of keywords to assist you in finding what you want to buy. As an example, I used the search term “old clock faces” to find these little worn jewels.
And now, you’ll soon see these clock faces peeking out from my works!