Unique Nixie clocks made from antique bits & bobs
The Bad Dog Designs workshop (well spare bedroom) is located in Coven - Staffordshire, where I aim to create unique and individual clocks from original vintage Nixie tubes, and other original bits of equipment that I can find.
Nixie tubes were once popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s and used in many electronic gadgets of the time, from petrol pumps to military equipment. Long since out of production, each clock is made from salvaged tubes or from uncovered old stock lost in warehouses. The tubes have a distinctive orange glow and real depth of movement as each digit is stacked behind the other within the tube. Every clock is handmade, more a piece of art than a timepiece – by their very nature they are individually constructed from recycled equipment, or original vintage items. Inside however, the latest microprocessor technology from PV Electronics is used to drive these long forgotten tubes.
I enjoy making clocks as my hobby either for general sale, or directly for the end user as a commissioned piece. If you want one then feel free to get in touch.
To commission a clock, I have a page where there are 'Raw' or 'untouched' objects that I have acquired for conversion into clocks, or other items - thermometers / radios etc., although you are welcome to submit your own objects if you have something that you want converting.
I usually ask for a small deposit up front and then work with you on getting the design that you want. It is quite a fluid process and I can usually accommodate things if you have other thoughts later on in the process. The whole process of delivering a finished clock, from receipt of initial enquiry is about 2 months - each one is unique and will be made for you. I get busy in the Xmas period, and would ask if you want a clock to give someone for Xmas that I start on it April / May time to ensure that they all get done! I usually have between 4 - 7 clocks going through the workshop at anyone time.