Working vintage clocks are pricey, but you can’t swing a dead cat at a flea market without hitting a box full of cool-looking old clocks that no longer work.
Those little clock kits at the craft store are about $6. So grab one of those $1 bargain bin clocks and bring it back to life.
Don’t be shy. Rip that sucker apart. What are you gonna do? Break it?
The face on mine looked bad, but turned out to just need wiping with a dry paper towel. The face had so much character that I didn’t want to lose with my plan B, which was to scan the face and re-create it in Illustrator.
I took the brass hands that came in the clock kit and painted them with simple little enamel paint pens to match the old. Couldn’t be easier. This might even be a fun project for kids. Take them to the market, let them find a cool old clock to fix up for their room. Imagine how proud they’ll feel to know they made something like that. How cool!