You're a Final Fantasy fan, aren't you? So what are you doing with a boring standard wall clock hanging on there?
Although this isn't an original idea of mine (I've already seen similar clocks on the internet) I've decided to create this tutorial because I haven't seen it yet in this website, is something very easy to create and I'd like to make it even easier to you all! So let's begin.
Step 1: Materials
For this instructable, you will need:
- A wall clock wich can be unmounted. The cheap standard ones works perfectly.
- Cutting knife
- Computer with some kind of image software (photoshop, gimp, corel draw...)
Step 2: Unmounting the Clock
First of all, you have to disassemble the whole clock. Maybe yours is different from the one shown here, but many of the wall clocks you can find are very similar to unmount. Try to remove the backside first, by unscrewing the screws if it has them. Be sure how it has to be done in your clock, try not to break it by forcing it. Almost all the clocks are made to be easy to dismount.
Step 3: Measuring the Face
Use a ruler to measure the diameter of your clock. It will be very important for making the design fit. It's a good idea measuring also the diameter of the center hole, so you can see how will it look the design when finished with more accuracy.
Step 4: Messing With Photoshop
For this step, you will need basic photoshop knowledge. Don't worry, if you don't know something about image treatment, you will be also capable of resizing the template I have attached without a lot of effort, but you'll still needing a program like Adobe Photoshop, Gimp (this one is for free) or Corel Draw Graphics Suite.
I recommend to create a template with 300ppp resolution, A3 format if the diameter is larger than the A4 width (my case). If the clock is smaller, you can make the design normally in A4 format. (The archives attached here are all in A3 format)
Here you will find 3 archives: a PNG format image, a PDF format archive and a RAR archive wich contains the PSD format template. I have attached the template ready for printing in pdf format, but this will only fit for you if your clock has exactly the same diameter than mine (22,5 cm). In other case, the pattern must be resized. You can download the .rar attached to this step, wich contains the .psd archive. Just select all the elements which forms the face of the clock and resize them, maintaining the aspect ratio, to the diameter you have previously measured.
Something interesting would be replacing the image in the middle (the Final Fantasy Legends logo) for a pic of your favourite FF character. You can also replace the Moguris used for the hands of the clock by whatever you desire (chocobos, for example?).
Of course, the Final Fantasy theme is only an idea, but you can easily make another design completely different. It's very simple: make a circle with the diameter of your clock and put inside anything you imagine! For example, you can replace the FF logos by chemical elements (H, He, Li... Mg).
Step 5: Printing, Cutting Out and Glueing
When you have the template ready, you have to print it. Mine was too big for my printer, because I needed something bigger than the A4 standard format, so I had to take the template to a printer's. I chose a paper slightly thick than the standard one. Don't worry, even at a printer's and needing an A3 format, it still being very cheap: less than 1 euro for page, and we only need one!
Then, use a pair of scissors to carefully cut out the face of the clock and the little moguris.
Apply glue in the back of it and stick it to the original face of the clock that we have previously removed. Let it dry and then cut out the hole for the hands as shown in the images, using a cutting knife.
Step 6: Details
I'll show you a tip for cutting out the moguris. It will work also if you have replaced them by another character or icon. As you can see, it's very small to be perfectly cut out without leaving white borders. Don't worry, take a black marker and paint them!
Then simply glue the character in the hands of the clock, using tape or glue. I originally planned to stick one figure in each hand, but finally decided to put it only in the one that marks the seconds.
Step 7: Putting It Back Together
Now all you have to do is remount the clock. Simply follow back the steps you had to do for dismounting it.
BE CAREFUL! Normally, it doesn't matter how do you put the hands, whenever you put all of them pointing at the 12 number. BUT if your clock has an alarm hand, you have to check where is it actually pointing. This is important because when the hour hand reaches the alarm hand, it has to sound. This kind of mechanism is more common in alarms clocks than wallclocks.
When you have done all, check if it works properly and... ENJOY YOUR NEW CLOCK, GAMER!
PD: My English isn't perfect, so let me know if I had committed any grammatical mistake or I have used an uncommon word!