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12-30-2009 03:36 AM

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My wife and I got into a bit of a “discussion” about which clock face looked better in my last clock model, and I’d like to get your opinions as to which one you prefer. You can see a nice clear, large pic, here.

The hand tooled one is chased copper -essentially, embossed. The numbers, ring and inner details are pushed out from behind; the numbers were painted gloss black. The background was hammered and annealed, giving it a patina.

The decal one is simply shiny copper, lightly hammered, with a water slide decal rendering the graphical elements.

I won’t tell you which one I liked, so as not to sway opinion.

So, which one you like better, the hand tooled, or decal?

-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 12-30-2009 03:57 AM

Hand tooled looks better especially if making to sell them

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#2 posted 12-30-2009 04:03 AM

Hand tooled

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#3 posted 12-30-2009 04:16 AM

Hand tooled..without a doubt. And, I think that’s the one you like because it’s the one you gave the best description of…lol

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#4 posted 12-30-2009 04:44 AM

I too would go with the hand tooled because the rest of the clock was hand tooled. Now if you say the leaves are decals then decal for the clock face.

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#5 posted 12-30-2009 04:56 AM

Hand tooled also

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#6 posted 12-30-2009 05:28 AM

I kind of like the decal, looks a little cleaner. Besides someone needs to be different

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#7 posted 12-30-2009 05:49 AM

I like the hand tooled one better, it has more depth and looks more rustic!

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#8 posted 12-30-2009 06:04 AM

I really need to know which one she liked, because the Mrs. is always right about these things. :-)

But if you insist, I like the hand tooled.

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#10 posted 12-30-2009 06:23 AM

Honestly , neither face goes with this Asian styled clock , but if I had to chose , it would be the decal style in keeping with the crisp lines of your clock . To me it looks like a brand new car with rusty rims on it. I really like your design and the faces , just not together.
Just my honest opinion , so don’t shoot me , please : ) LOL

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#11 posted 12-30-2009 06:42 AM

I like the texture and detail of the hammered face, but I agree that the modern asian/arts & crafts style of the clock don’t match the art deco style of the stylised face numbers. If you can simplify the numbers in a hammered face that matches the style you created in the clock it would look more coordinated. It is on it’s way to a very stunning piece.

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#12 posted 12-30-2009 06:57 AM

I got a red x

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#13 posted 12-30-2009 07:02 AM

hand tooled, but if momma is not happy, nobody will be happy:-))

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#14 posted 12-30-2009 07:53 AM

If I was judging just the faces I’d go with hand tooled but as it is I’d have to say the decal. I’d love to see a clock designed for the hand tooled face though.

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#15 posted 12-30-2009 03:30 PM

I’m not sure where a few of you guys are getting the impression it’s an asian-style clock. I suppose if the corners of the crown upswept above the top, then maybe. Just not seeing it myself, LOL.

Well, it seems that the consensus shoots for – the tooled face! That’s the one I liked too! My wife thought it looked like a 3rd grader did it (ouch!). She thinks the face ought to be clean looking since it’s the focal point of the clock. My view is, I don’t think it should look absolutely perfect – else it looks like it is manufactured. If I had done an absolutely perfect job on the face – which I’m not sure anything but a master at chasing and repousse could pull off – then I think it would look stamped – again, a manufactured look.

Oh, to take the cake, I showed my sister-in-law, who is getting the clock, the same photo, so she could pick which one she liked better, and she liked the tooled one as well!

One side note; the have the Roycroft Campus which is a school for learning things like coppersmithing and other old world trades, which I would like to take. I think I might then be able to take the tooled clock face up a notch – to a level even my wife might like!!

-- Have a blessed day!

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