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An amazing new clock design featuring magnetic liquid hands, a modular design and changeable faces.
An amazing new clock design featuring magnetic liquid hands, a modular design and changeable faces.
58 backers pledged $17,750 to help bring this project to life.
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 A revolutionary new desk clock is here. 

With magnetic liquid arms made from a prototype rocket fuel.

 Allowing you to interact with it using a magnet. 



A beautiful and mesmerizing blend of art and science

The magnetic liquid is called ferrofluid, and was originally created by NASA in the 60's as a prototype rocket fuel. It was unique in that it could be pulled into the rocket engines using magnets in zero gravity. Its original formula was actually 85% RP1 (rocket fuel grade kerosene), 10% magnetic nano particles, and 5% oleic acid to prevent clumping. (Don't worry the current formulation is non toxic and non flammable).

Since it's made up of mostly oil (refined kerosene) mixed with magnetic nano particles it sticks to and stains almost anything it touches. And to make things even trickier it breaks down in the presence of almost any other chemicals and also evaporates in the air. 

We have been working with ferrofluid full time for the last 4 years creating desktop sculptures and perfecting our formula and methods, and it has taken this entire time to gain the breakthroughs needed for this clock.

featured in: 

 "If Venom was a clock what would he look like?"

"This has the potential to be your new favorite distraction"

"Get the ferrofluid clock now before it blasts off!"

 "It's an elegant and unique timepiece that's bound to become the centerpiece in your home or office" 

"This ferrofluid clock has a mesmeric, magnetic, magical appeal"

Hand Crafted

We hand craft each clock out of beautiful solid oak and aluminum 100% here in the US, and you can choose from either a light or dark wood finish.

Dark Red Oak finish shown with Transparent clock face
Dark Red Oak finish shown with Transparent clock face
Light Oak finish shown with White clock face
Light Oak finish shown with White clock face

Quartz Movement

A custom high torque quartz clock movement is used to move the magnetic arms, which in turn pull the ferrofluid around the face. It features a silent continuous sweep movement (no ticking sounds) and is very powerful and yet efficient, running on a single AA battery for one year (estimated life span) while keeping highly accurate time. The movement and battery are covered with a magnetically attached wood panel for easy access.

How do you tell the time?

The long arm is for hours and dot is for minutes.

The following clock is showing 9:39 

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 NEW     Choose a continuous sweep second hand

After many requests we've updated the design to include a second hand option. This features a continuous motion sweeping movement with no ticking sounds. You can choose your clock with or without a second hand:

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The Ultimate Executive Desk Clock

The clock itself is covered with a brushed aluminum front panel which makes for an extremely elegant and beautiful abstract look, a unique addition to any office.

 The most impressive and revolutionary part of this clock, though, is attached to the front using magnets. 

The World's First Flat Panel Ferrofluid Display

This detachable flat panel ferrofluid display is the result of 4 years of research and development, hundreds of prototypes, and lots of organic chemistry. 

Early Flat Panel Prototypes
Early Flat Panel Prototypes

 The ferrofluid remains suspended in a clear chemical solution that keeps it from breaking down or staining the glass, ever. This is the true breakthrough.

Very First Clock Prototypes
Very First Clock Prototypes

 It's come a long way from the first rough prototypes!

Early Sketches
Early Sketches

The flat panel display is truly the most exciting and revolutionary part because of the possibilities it enables. Imagine digital magnetic liquid displays, movable paintings (Rorschach), games (Pong anyone?) and countless other projects. This is the first step in bringing all of these ideas to life. 

 Interact with the flat panel display and imagine the possibilities. 

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Includes 2 Handheld Magnets

What can you do with 2 strong magnets and a ferrofluid flat panel display?

Do you have an interesting idea for the flat panel display? Back this project now and be one of the first in the world to receive one. Simply detach the display from the clock and use for your own projects!

 NEW  Includes Display Stand

To showcase the flat panel display we've added a stand that can be used to hold the display at the perfect angle for interaction as well as the 2 included magnets.

Included Display Stand - will be finished to match your clock

This modular design allows you to keep the display attached to the clock, or it can sit in its stand for interaction as a separate stand-alone sculpture. The 2 handheld magnets allow for lots of interesting shapes and movements as you explore magnetism:

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This stand will be perfectly finished to match your clock color choices, prototype is pictured above. This is a Kickstarter exclusive.

There have been other attempts at flat panel ferrofluid displays before, and a few had limited success with a few weeks or even months before breaking down and staining the glass. This is the world's first to allow the ferrofluid to be manipulated without staining... ever. All of the displays shown in these videos and pictures are over 1 year old, and still looking great!

We have ran extreme stain tests and even left neodymium magnets stuck to the glass for 8 months straight, all without staining. This is why we feel confident in introducing our flat panel ferrofluid display to the world in its harshest environment, with magnets constantly holding it to glass in an analog clock. 


This detachable front display enables one of the clock's coolest features:

 Changeable Clock Faces

 To change the clock face you simply remove the front panel, change the face and reattach.

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It is attached using small neodymium magnets in each corner (only 1mm each) that are so small you can barely see them. 

These small magnets are so strong that they enable 5 pounds of holding force, making for a secure, easy and seamless attachment.

Easy and Secure attachment using magnets
Easy and Secure attachment using magnets

Includes 4 Clock Faces

White Clock Faces
Transparent Clock Faces

White Clock Face vs Transparent
White Clock Face vs Transparent

The transparent faces allow the brushed aluminum to show through for a unique and elegant look.

Transparent Clock Face
Transparent Clock Face

Create your own clock faces for endless customization

We include 4 clock faces, but you can simply download and print out more or even create your own! The included white faces use a thick glossy paper for durability but you can use regular printer paper for your own designs and they still look amazing! We'll have custom designs ready for download after the campaign finishes.

This allows for endless customization including different colors, patterns, company logos, etc. The possibilities are endless and are only limited to your imagination. You can use a different clock face for every day of the week!

Use without clock face for a beautiful minimalist look.


Unique Centerpiece

This ferrofluid clock is a truly unique and mesmerizing centerpiece for your home or office. The brushed aluminum, wood and custom clock faces complement any decor. 

 Get one for your office and watch people's reactions as they interact with it.

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Wall Mount Option

We've had a few requests for a wall mount option so after the campaign we'll give you an option of adding a mounting hole into the back of the display.

You can just hang it up like a normal picture using a single nail. It looks best a little lower than eye level. Kind of like a small museum display that encourages interaction:

Wall Mount Option

Exclusive Kickstarter Special Edition

We have created a special edition clock that will only be available for this Kickstarter campaign. 

Special Edition Black Walnut

The clock body is hand crafted from a beautiful solid black walnut. We apply a long and complicated finishing technique usually reserved for very expensive wood pieces (grand pianos, antique furniture, rare violins, etc). Here is the finishing process we use for each one:

  • We construct the clock body using the best black walnut,  and then hand sand it silky smooth using increasing grits of sandpaper.
  • Rub with Danish oil and let sit for a day, then apply 4 coats of clear lacquer (sanding between each one) and let cure for 4 days.
  • Wet sand using 1000, 1500, 2000 and then 2500 grit sandpaper. 
  • Machine polish with a rubbing compound and then polishing compound
  • Hand finish with wax coat for protection.

This process results in a very deep and high gloss (almost mirror level) finish. It has deep color and chatoyancy, and looks almost translucent when you rotate it in the light. It almost looks like the wood is covered in glass.

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The aluminum frame of the flat panel display is also hand polished to a near mirror-level finish to create a stunning one of a kind masterpiece. We put a lot of extra hours into this one.

Special Edition Black Walnut with White clock face

The combination of high gloss polished black walnut with the mirror finished aluminum makes for a breathtaking masterpiece, the perfect centerpiece to any home or office (or a gift like no other!). It will be the center of attention wherever it's placed.

Special Edition Black Walnut with Transparent clock face

Back this project and reserve yours now!


 What's included with your pledge: 

Magnetic Clock in your choice of Dark or Light wood finish (or special edition Black Walnut):

Includes Detachable Flat Panel Ferrofluid Display

2 x Super strong handheld magnets for interaction (1" x 1/2")

Super strong N52 handheld magnet

Flat Screen Display Stand

4 Clock Faces


Free US Shipping

We offer free shipping to any US address. For International shipping we will use USPS First Class International which will add an extra $39. There may be additional vat fees or taxes which will vary by country.


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Delivery Timeline

October   -   Kickstarter Campaign finishes

November   -   Funds clear, order parts, production setup

Dec/Jan   -   Receive parts, begin production

Feb   -   Begin shipping finished clocks


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My Background

My background is in Electrical Engineering and my dream has always been to create innovative products full time, but I wasn't sure if this would ever actually happen or not. Starting your own small business is a scary idea, but sometimes things are put into perspective very quickly.

I was involved in a plane crash, and the next day I had extreme clarity in knowing what I should do, and everything was in perfect perspective. I realized how short life really is and that I should pursue my dreams of designing cool products that blend science with art (my two passions). Soon after this I discovered a crazy black magnetic liquid called ferrofluid and began experimenting with it. I decided to design a product around it, so other people could interact with it and relive the joy and amazement that I had when I first discovered it. So this is how MTR Designs was born, and we're now on our 4th Kickstarter product launch with many more in the pipeline and loving every minute of it!

Our 3 previous products: the Ferroflow, RIZE, and SPIKE.

These sculptures will be available at a discounted price to backers after the campaign!

We now have a small 3 person team here in Auburn, Alabama and create all of the sculptures by hand. We've been working with ferrofluid full time for the last 4 years and have a full wood shop, metal shop, and even chemistry lab. We continuously strive to improve our production methods and quality. This clock was my original vision for ferrofluid and our finest creation to date, and I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

This clock will be the first of many new products to feature the revolutionary ferrofluid flat panel display. Back this project now and help us bring the flat panel display into production, and be the first in the world to own one of the most unique and mesmerizing blends of art and technology!

Risks and challenges

We have launched 3 previous Kickstarters and each one was successfully delivered (the RIZE had over 1000 backers!). We have multiple manufactures in place for each part to mitigate delays and have plenty of capacity here at our studio. Quality and customer satisfaction is our top priority, and we are confident that we can deliver this product on time and to everyone's satisfaction. We will keep you guys updated each step of the way and will overcome any obstacles transparently and openly. We look forward to getting the clock delivered to each of you!

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