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« on: January 17, 2004 07:01:53 AM »

http://www.luckykat.net/Details/spaceclockfulldetail.jpg

I'd like to make this for my wife for her birthday (I have until May) but I don't know how.  I can figure out how to make a clock, there are basic kits for that, but the overall design of the clock is unusual.  Where do I get those style of numbers?  What are those things representing the numbers not stylized?  Etc.

Thanks for any help you can provide,
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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2004 06:58:29 PM »

Wow, that's a tough one. The only suggestion I have is to find a cool font or some number art/pics on the computer and print them out, and then decoupage/shellac them onto the wood or whatever you use as the base for the clock. Not sure this would totally give you the look that you are looking for, but it's a place to start.

Good luck - let us know how you make out!
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2004 03:32:37 AM »

If you have a jigsaw you could cut the number shapes out of thin wood; or even use cardboard and a craft-knife, then paint them and seal with urethane... just print a picture of the clock and trace the number shapes.

For the little sticks you could use bamboo skewers, swizzle sticks with a ball, bead or charm on the ends. Give it your own spin... use the one you like as inspiration. I'm sure your wife will appreciate your touch.
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2004 09:47:02 AM »

dowels with styrofoam balls spraypainted silver?

cool looking clock!
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2004 10:14:39 AM »

you can also buy wooden balls and drill holes in them, then stick in the dowels and spray paint silver.

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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2004 08:11:21 PM »

You could get those house numbers from Home Depot/hardware store, paint them up, glue/screw them onto dowels, get one of those dryer hose cuffs (stainless steel belt-looking things with holes all around-- does anyone know the proper term or even what I am talking about?), attach dowels , put clock mechanism in center of cuff-thing, then attach clock face to hide the mess. Does that make any sense?
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2004 11:29:14 AM »

i JUST saw a very similar clock being made on one of those TLC shows the other day.  for the round ball parts they used shishkabob skewers with large wooden beads hot glued onto the ends.  the skewers other end was a loop which gave it more stability when attached to the back.  
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2004 06:05:40 AM »

Okay, I think I may have figured out how you can get those spacey numbers...   go to the website you gave us with the detail of the clock...  right click on the picture (I tried this part, and it's possible), and save it to your computer.  Do this four times, saving them under names such as "spacey number 12, spacey number 3, etc.  Open your trusty photo-editor program, and crop the "spacey number 12" picture so that it only shows the 12.  Resize as desired, and print out onto some cardstock.  With a trusty Exacto knife, cut out the picture (make sure to put something under it!!) and glue it onto some foam core or something of your liking...   do the same for spacey numbers 3, 6, and 9.  Stick a kabob stick into the bottom of the foam core, with the nessecary glues and whatnot, and VOILA!  

I have not tried this, so my instructions may be totally off...   and they could not work for some reason or another, but it seems like it will work, maybe with a bit of tweaking.  I hope I helped!
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2004 06:15:14 AM »

Okay, so after I posted those instructions I realized I wanted to find out if it worked... I found out that not only does it work, it's actually quite easy...  Even though the overall picture comes out a bit blurry, you could even decide to cut out the blurry lines, or keep them in for a different looking thingy...  So here are the pictures that I came up with!  I don't know if they'll resize themselves once I put them on here, you might have to save them from the post and enlarge them yourself, not too hard with the "enlarge" or "zoom" buttons on said trusty photo editor.





Good luck, and let us know how it goes!
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« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2004 02:30:58 PM »

cloudbreakchick your idea is great. however i believe those fonts were hand painted. so maybe jake can do as you suggested, but instead of gluing them, he could carbon copy them onto wood, then paint it? just an idea  Smiley
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