I picked up some GE (I think) VFD tubes and decided to make a clock from them.  For the case, I used the box from a batch of delicious chocolate truffles we'd received as a gift - hence the chococlock.
I measured the locations of the tube pins, created a template using a CAD package, marked and drilled holes in a piece of PCB, and use pin receptacles to create a custom socket.  Unfortunately there was a problem, as one of the VFDs was a dud.  Furtunately I had a couple of spare digivac dt1075's lying around, and even more fortunately they almost fit in the same socket (the center pin a a bit off, I had to drill another hole).   I used two GE tubes for the hours (they are a bit bigger) and the digivacs for the minutes.

VFD tubes are driven using a low voltage drop but high current across their filament, and by driving plates coated with flourescent paint to a high voltage to attract the electrons from the filament.  You can find some documentation for driving a digivac here, and I assumed  that the GE tubes would be driven similarly.  Each filament should drop 1.2 volts, and 20 volts should be applied to the plates.

I didn't have any 20 volt power supplies lying around, but I did have a 12 volt one.  I used an ICL7660 voltage doubler to convert the 12 volts to 24.  The ICL7660 is inexpensive and easy to use (it is a capacitor charge pump).  While the ICL7660 cannot supply much current, little is needed as the plates just need to be biased.