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To reduce the risk of injury user must read instruction manuals for all tools used in this project. Wear eye and respiratory protection. Use clamps to support work piece whenever practical.
If cleaning Brass: 535 Brass Brush / 536 Brass Brush / 537 Brass Brush If cleaning Silver: 403 Nylon Bristle Brush / 404 Nylon Bristle Brush/ 405 Nylon Bristle Brush
Once you have chosen the pieces you would like to use to create your clock, begin brightening them up by polishing with your Dremel Rotary Tool. If you are cleaning brass pieces as we are here, we recommend using brass brushes. These brushes are non-sparking and softer than steel so they will not scratch. Use brass brushes if you're cleaning soft metals like gold, copper or brass. Tip: When using any polishing brushes, always run your tool at 15,000 RPM, no higher. Slowly make light passes across your workpiece. Here, we began by cleaning larger areas with the 536 brush and got into tigher spaces with the 537 brush. If you are cleaning silver pieces, use Bristle Brushes. These are perfect for light de-burring, cleaning or polishing of silverware, jewelry and other precious metals. For extra shine, use Bristle Brushes with polishing compound.
Mount your polished pieces to the wall, here we used hot glue. Add a finishing touch to your clock by embelishing the clock movement (the center of the clock with the hour and minute hands). Note that if you are going to be adding polished pieces to the movement itself, a battery powered movement may not be able to sustain the weight. We found that a corded movement worked best in holding up heavier pieces of silver. Here we took the center of an old corded movement and hot-glued the handle of an old spoon and a knife to the hands of the clock. We hid the cord by running it through the wall.