This make is all about including the Temperature Gauge in a clock make! The two often go hand in hand, and some clocks even display air pressure and humidity too.
Read on to find out how Emma included the temperature module in her clock make, and how to make a sheet of Metalgraph ooze 1920s Art Deco style!
We Have Used:
- This DXF
- Metalgraph-Plus Sheet, Gold on Black
- Black Value Acrylic
- Short Spindle Clock Movement
- Temperature Module
- Adhesive of your choice, we used Superglue.
Step 1 - The Laser Cutter:
Open the DXF on your laser cutter software. It will appear similarly to the outlined version on the right hand side of the below diagram. There are only two layers: a layer to cut and a layer to engrave. Make sure to engrave first to avoid the material shifting and affecting the quality of the engrave.
Step 2 - Laser Cutter continued:
Cut a second version of only the outline from 3mm thick Black Value Acrylic (or similar). This is the highest the thickness of this base layer should be, preferably 2mm or even 1mm would leave more room for the hex nut to screw onto the spindle of the clock movement.
Step 3 - Adding the clock movement:
Pop the spindle of the clock movement through the hole in the centre of the clock, making sure the hook on the clock movement points to the top of the clock face. Secure the materials by screwing the included hex nut onto the front of the spindle.
Step 4 - OPTIONAL - Adding decoration Panel:
Glue the extra decoration panel around the hole for the temperature gauge, then push the temperature module into the hole. You can just put the temperature module into the space for it without the extra decoration panel if you prefer it without.
Step 5 - OPTIONAL - Customise your own clock hands:
We have replaced the minute and hour hands entirely, and then glued the back of the second hand to the new facade for the second hand. Make sure not to make this too heavy, or the mechanism will struggle!
Step 6 - You're done:
Push the clock hands on to the spindle; hour first, then minute, then second. Give it all a good clean, pop a battery in, then you’re ready to hang your clock!
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