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Project by Dustygreg posted 07-14-2018 05:37 PM 675 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built several clocks very similar in design some of cherry some maple and some mixed. I designed and printed the clock face and the I used a few different ceramic tile designs. The clocks have a rear panel that lifts up and pulls out to access the movement when batteries need replacement. I thought these would be good sellers but not so. I believe I’m in the wrong area to market as we live in one of the poorest rural counties of New York State. I so dislike marketing. We are considering a move to Maryland to an area that is much more prosperous than here maybe then I can find people that appreciate my work
Someone asked about the process for making the dial. It wasn’t too difficult. I use “Open Office” a program that is free to download. It has a drawing component so it is as simple as just knowing what size you want the dial to be. The program has a grid overlay to help aid in the layout. Calculate the circle based on the length of the hands. Choose a font style for the numbers and you can drag and place them where you need to. You can enhance the design with other drawing elements as well. I purchased heavy card stock paper in a cream color off white. Once printed the face is mounted to 1/8” ply using spray adhesive on both surfaces.





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 07-14-2018 06:14 PM

“I designed and printed the clock face”

Hi

Can you explain your process? Was it off of SketchUp?

TIA.

Sorry can’t tell you the magic for selling, mostly I have found it to be a price vs perceived value, and that often varies a LOT based on venue, location of venue as you have found, and sometimes things we can’t control.

I really like your face, but even that may not be someones cup of tea. Variety wins.

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#2 posted 07-14-2018 11:28 PM

Sorry. Mispost. Meant for elsewhere. Nice Clock

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Dustygreg

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#3 posted 07-14-2018 11:46 PM

The dial process explained. It wasn’t too difficult. I use “Open Office” a program that is free to download. It has a drawing component so it is as simple as just knowing what size you want the dial to be. The program has a grid overlay to help aid in the layout. Calculate the circle based on the length of the hands. Choose a font style for the numbers and you can drag and place them where you need to. You can enhance the design with other drawing elements as well. I purchased heavy card stock paper in a cream color off white. Once printed the face is mounted to 1/8” ply using spray adhesive on both surfaces.

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BurlyBob

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#4 posted 07-15-2018 01:16 AM

That’s really very attractive.

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 07-15-2018 04:13 AM



The dial process explained. It wasn t too difficult. I use “Open Office” a program that is free to download. It has a drawing component so it is as simple as just knowing what size you want the dial to be. The program has a grid overlay to help aid in the layout. Calculate the circle based on the length of the hands. Choose a font style for the numbers and you can drag and place them where you need to. You can enhance the design with other drawing elements as well. I purchased heavy card stock paper in a cream color off white. Once printed the face is mounted to 1/8” ply using spray adhesive on both surfaces.

- Dustygreg

Thanks for the info. IIRC I have Open Office on an older computer, but I’ve only ever used the wordpad feature. I’ll have to look into that.

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oldnovice

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#6 posted 07-15-2018 05:39 AM

I use ”Open Office” too since Microsoft started their subscription service.
Open Office can do nearly everything the suite Microsoft offers!
I use the drawing feature too as it is better than the old “Paint” by Microsoft.

As we all can see the clock face, and the entire clock, turned out good enough to be a top three!

These should be good for sale, have you tried etsy?
I don’t sell anything but other jocks sell a lot of their stuff there!

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#7 posted 07-15-2018 12:20 PM

This is an outstanding clock and so nicely done.

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#8 posted 07-15-2018 07:33 PM

It has to be your local venue, the clock is great.
Steve.

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NormG

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#9 posted 07-15-2018 09:33 PM

Wonderful clock, great description

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 07-21-2018 03:53 AM

Sorry for your negative experience trying to sell these clocks. The problem is choosing the wrong public. There are many ways to market them, to a wider customer base: internet, local fairs, arts and crafts stores.
If interested, drop me an email.

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