This ible will show you how to change the theme of most standard neon clocks. I chose to make a starbucks one, but you could make anything. Luckily the light in this one was a white light and not a pink or blue one..although it all depends on A) taste and B) the mood of your design..since pink would look great for an american diner feel, or the pink panther of course!
I like the fact that the white light on this clock follows the white stroke around the outside of the starbucks logo. It brings the logo to life.
- I know starbucks has a new logo, but I like this one best! Plus it matches my starbucks mugs.
Forgive me if I miss anything or break convention..this is my first ible. I am a design student so I know my way around photoshop, but for this ible it's all basic stuff. Secondly I cannot be held responsible for any explosions, fires or health hazards. You should be in the room if your clock is lit up and you've modified it, who knows what may happen!
For this project you will need:
A neon clock
An A3 printer, paper and card (depending on size of clock face, could be A4)
A craft knife and cutting matt
Double sided sticky tape
A screw driver
A small adjustable spanner
A ruler to measure your current clock face dimensions
Photoshop of equiv. graphics software
Tie wraps (perhaps, depending on the clock)
oh, And Attention to detail.
Let's get started.
Step 1: Dismantle Your Clock
1. You will most likely have to unscrew the back. (as an Industrial Design student i can tell you that sometimes these are hidden under stickers etc. Remove the battery and obviously don't have it plugged in at this point.
2. Once you have unscrewed the face cover, you will need to take the adj. spanner and turn anticlockwise on the clock mech. nut to loosen it. Twist the mechanism at the back to apply opposite force. Then, when loose enough unscrew with your fingers and pull off, (or pop off with a metal ruler of scissors). The hands of some mechanisms unscrew, though most just pull off. Mine was VV tight and I bent the hands meaning that after assembly i had to take it apart and unbend them so that they did not clash half way around. Remember or photograph the order in which the hands are assembled.
3. Most neon clocks will have tie wraps holding the light tube in place. Snip these.
Step 2: Measure & Test Print
2. Measure the size with a ruler
3. Go onto photoshop and create the logo or picture of your choice to the correct dimensions. (Image>mode>cmyk) is good practice for printing photos using 4 cartridge printers (cyan, magenta, yellow and black). RGB mode is only for onscreen digital images. Print borderless and do NOT rescale to fit page. I did a test print on A3 paper with the logo layer on photoshop at a reduced capacity to test the size and save me some ink. Then I printed the real one on A3 card, not paper, at high quality.
Step 3: Cutaways
Step 4: Mounting Your New Clockface
Mounting the new face on top, helps you use the old one as a fixed template for holes etc but also adds extra rigidity to your new card face.
Smoothen out the new face with your hand and make sure it's well stuck down.
Step 5: Making Mechanism Hole
To make the hole, turn over the newly mounted clock face. now use the old hole to draw and slice your new one. Make a cross slice first, then cut out little pizza slices from inside. Very neatly. Then turn it back over and shove a pen through the hole and twist to neaten it up.
Then push through the clock mechanism from the other side.
Step 6: Make the Holes for Tiewraps
Step 7: Reassemble
Now I want a whole collection! costa, lavazza, illy! To start off with, I roughly mocked up some ideas so I could choose beforehand and not waste time if it looked disappointing. Maybe these will inspire others..see photos.