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Forum topic by Pieter_hb posted 04-05-2016 01:39 PM 720 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-05-2016 01:39 PM

Hi Everybody

I have made a nice wooden wall clock out of small off-cuts from White Ironwood. It still needs some work though…

In the middle I used epoxy with a blue colour and made a six pointed star.

The white arms of the clock shows nicely on the blue background, but the black numbers sort of disappear to the human eye, on the “dark” background wooden colours.

My question to you. Should I make the numbers also white, to stand out better to the naked eye, or should I rather leave the black numbers as is?

Thanks for your inputs.


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#1 posted 04-06-2016 10:24 AM

I don’t mind the black numbers
I would make the hands and numbers black

-- David

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#2 posted 04-06-2016 10:28 AM

Hi David

Oo Ok… :)

Looks like you are thinking the opposite of me…

Tx for your input.

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#3 posted 04-06-2016 11:31 AM

White #’s would work better to my eyes. I like the white hands. The clock will be easier to see time, especially in low light, with white.

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#4 posted 04-06-2016 12:37 PM

OSU55, I am going to install the clock in my bedroom. There will be at times low light when one wants to see the time, as you mentioned.

From there I think the white numbers/dials will definitely stand out better on one’s eyes, especially with a blue and dark background, versus black dials/numbers…

Although the black does not look bad either, but in my case, just not so practical to use, I guess?

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#5 posted 04-06-2016 02:58 PM

The wood is dark enough that the white numbers would probably have more contrast and be easier to see.

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#6 posted 04-06-2016 03:14 PM

Thanks RichCMD

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#7 posted 04-08-2016 01:35 PM

I opened the photo in Photoshop and attempted to change the colour of the numbers. I will be the first to admit that I do not have the faintest idea of what I am doing in Photoshop so I will not embarrass myself by posting my result, but the numbers certainly “popped” out more distinctly and would be easier to read.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#8 posted 04-08-2016 06:18 PM

Thanks Tootles.

You gave me a great idea for future wooden furniture. I will from now on play wil colors in photoshop, to see what colors looks the best, instead of trying to figure it out in my head.

This is how my wooden clock looks like now with the white values. I works great in my living room, even with low light conditions…

Yes, Photoshop is very powerful, but not easy to get to know all the tricks in it…

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